It’s really easy to miss the stairs to the downtown space at Peasant. While the main dining room at this Nolita mainstay has a subtly fancy vibe, the basement is decidedly more cozy and relaxed. Rickety communal tables, rustic details, and candles are a little romantic, sure, but it’s not at all cheesy. You still have access to the full menu—don’t miss the seasonal pastas—as well as the standout wine selection.

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