You can imagine some ’50s beatnik taking his date to John’s for a rough-around-the-edges romantic dinner. The place has been here for 100 years, and it’s a fine example of its type—caramel-colored vinyl booths, Chianti bottles dripping with candle wax, and pasta with any of ten sauces (from simple garlic, oil and anchovies to rich carbonara). Comfort yourself with the usual: minestrone; mozzarella, basil and tomato; tiramisu topped with chocolate shavings. Or try one of the faultless nightly specials: a bruschetta of the celebrated garlic bread, layered with avocado and diced tomatoes, or veal scaloppine al limone with spaghetti. It’s not fancy, but everything feels just right.
John’s of 12th Street
|Venue name:||John’s of 12th Street||Contact:|
302 E 12th St
|Cross street:||between First and Second Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 4–11pm; Fri, Sat 4–11:30pm; Sun 4–10:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: L to First Ave; N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq|
|Price:||Average main course: $14. Cash only|