If you do the math (French place plus West Village), Tartine should busier and more expensive than it is.
What’s keeping it accessible is a nonexistent liquor license and their lack of interest in cooking trendy food. The food is rustic and Mediterranean, and entrees max out at twenty-five dollars.
They’re good enough to impress and affordable enough to visit on the regular.
Also, everyone seems to be on a romantic outing here, so if your date doesn’t work out, maybe the next one’s sitting a few inches to your left.
Rent bikes from Bike and Roll for free at one of the designated rest stops and get active with your love. The suggested donation is $25 but if you're tight on cash and only pay $1, no one will stop you from entering!