10 Great NYC Dishes For Two

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Cape Cod clam bake at Extra Fancy
When your dinner party sees a bigger dish variety and a smaller tab, it's hard to argue against shared plates (sorry, solo dish devotees). And while you'll have to be on board with your dining partner's food tastes, these medium-format offerings carry perks -- especially romantic ones. The one-dish-two-fork alternative might alleviate menu decision time (leaving more minutes for that vital first date banter), and the math associated with going Dutch is easier. Plus -- has Lady and the Tramp taught us anything?Here are 10 great dishes built for two.

Jake Lindeman
Rabbit at Glasserie

10. Rabbit, Glasserie, 95 Commercial Street, Brooklyn, 718-389-0640
At this Greenpoint glass factory-turned-restaurant, chef Sara Kramer uses a medley of preparations to maximize the entire three-pound rabbit ($72) required for this double serving. Paprika-fueled marinade gears loins for grilling, legs are crisped in a duck fat and turmeric root confit, and a spice-packed stew salvages bellies and trimmings.

Crispy whole snapper at CATCH

9. Crispy Whole Snapper, CATCH, 21 Ninth Avenue, 212-392-5978
Pre-clubbing crowds congregate for Top Chef alum fare at this bi-level Meatpacking destination, where a clamorous open kitchen only adds to space's vibrant energy. A blatant reminder of the restaurant's seafood focus is unveiled in the show-stopping crispy whole snapper ($76), which is covered in chili and garlic before being deep fried and accompanied by a slew of peppers and oyster mushrooms.

Porterhouse at Commerce

8. Porterhouse, Commerce, 50 Commerce Street, 212-524-2301
The menu at this modern American restaurant is about as expansive as its history (the space once housed a prohibition-era speakeasy and beloved Grange Hall), with a focus on French technique-driven sizable portions. A T-bone equally divides a lofty porterhouse ($62 per person) into "his" and "hers" portions, while solo servings of creamed spinach and a red wine shallot steak sauce might require more of a fight.

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95 Commercial St., ,

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21 9th Ave., New York, NY

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Commerce Restaurant

50 Commerce St., New York, NY

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302 Metropolitan Ave., New York, NY

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235 Mulberry St., New York, NY

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