Here's a question we get time and again: where can I take a date for good food without breaking the bank? And can I do it without looking like a cheapskate? Yes you can, and here are 40 ways to do so.
'exchange alley' on Serious Eats
Writing about New York restaurant openings day after day, it can be easy to forget that not every restaurant is attempting to do something boundary-pushing. There are restaurants that open with more modest ambitions. To be a comfortable, likable neighborhood hangout, with sexy lighting and foot-tapping soundtrack; to serve food that people want to eat, that appeals to the gut rather than the head, that smells incredible as it passes through the dining room. And those are the sorts of ways in which Exchange Alley, opened late this summer on East Ninth Street, succeeds.