ama [48 MacDougal Street, New York; Menu]
If it's cute you want, it's cute you'll get at this adorable Italian restaurant. The prices are probably a little high, but the food is good and the atmosphere is great. It's a very nice date spot. Make sure to start out with some of the bread, because the bean dip is excellent. Then I would recommend trying the Crab Salad. It comes prepared as a sort of short cylinder of crab, avocado, and vegetables, and it is delicious. For main courses, I enjoyed the Capuntini Di Altamura (with sunday ragu), which felt like it had a meat sauce, without the meat. Tasty stuff. Top it off with a selection from the extensive wine list, or if you prefer beer, try the Menabrea Amber.