Desnuda is the perfect “secret” date spot, with careful attention to wine and food, sexy Latin tunes and a dimly lit ambiance setting the stage for oyster-induced romance. This tiny nook in the East Village has no kitchen, no standing room and no tables. Guests are seated at the bar, while the bartender and chef prepares and pours.
On Sunday and Monday afternoons until close, enjoy $1 oysters! These freshly shucked beauties are presented with three house-made sauces - sweet, spicy and smoky. On Sundays this special begins at 2 p.m. and Mondays at 6 p.m. Blue Points are only $1, Hama Hamas from Washington State are $2 and Massachusetts Wellfleet oysters are $3 each.
Guests are treated to freshly popped truffle popcorn to snack on, while they sip wine, offered by the glass or bottle. This hot, salty treat is popped in a tiny machine behind the bar and free refills seem endless.
The small, but solid menu of ceviche highlights both traditional and innovative ingredients to lightly cure fresh fish. Since there is no kitchen, all of the ceviche is prepared and presented in front of you, sushi-style. Oysters are served straight up, tea-smoked (in a college-esque bong) or as shooters. Mackerel is marinated with truffle oil, scallops are seared with sesame siracha aioli, while sea urchin is soaked in lemon basil cream.
For an affordable yet classy date, impress your crush at Desnuda for Sunday day-drinking or a Monday happy hour of aphrodisiacs.
Desnuda. 122 E. 7th Street.