The use case for the original St Tropez in the West Village is pretty simple: go for low-commitment dates. And you should use the Soho location in much the same way. This dimly-lit spot on Spring Street has some bar seating and a big communal table in the middle of the one-room space, but the best seats are at the handful of small, candlelit tables. The entirely French wine list has 45 options by-the-glass, which are all under $20, and if you come during Happy Hour (4-7pm), you can try four three-ounce pours for $15. You don’t need to eat a full dinner here, but the shareable small plates - like escargots, grilled octopus, and meatballs with ratatouille - are enjoyable and affordable (they're all $12), especially for the neighborhood.
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Ed's Lobster Bar
We’ve put this one off long enough and it’s time to come right out and say it – we don’t love Ed’s Lobster Bar. It’s all reasonable ocean fare, but none of it leaves us anxiously awaiting next time.
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