Great date nights in and around Crescent Town
Date night is a great time to enjoy quality red and white wines. Couples don't have to leave East Toronto to sample Sommelier-designed wine lists that span the best regions for wine in the world. Sarah's Cafe and Bar (1426 Danforth Avenue) offers over 15 affordable wines with glasses from $7.00 and bottles from $30.00. There's more than wine here, couples can also enjoy gourmet coffee or Seafood Linguine ($18.00) in a smart and warm dining atmosphere. Sarah's Cafe and Bar is a 20-minute walk southwest from Crescent Town and 2 Secord Avenue. Go south on Main Street from Doncaster Avenue then west on Danforth Avenue.
While exploring Toronto's vibrant Danforth Village by foot, couples can tantalize their taste buds with international cuisine at Lotus Garden (3460 Danforth Avenue). Their Halal Hakka Indian-Style Chinese food is the result of more than 30 years spent perfecting recipes likes Szechuan Shrimp ($8.95), Manchurian Chicken ($8.50) and Hakka Shrimp Chowmein ($7.99). Lotus Garden is perfect for couples who don't want to stray too far from Crescent Town or 2 Secord Avenue to enjoy a casual environment with an eclectic and affordable range of international dishes. Head south on Dawes Road then east on Danforth Avenue to get to Lotus Garden.
Many people prefer to skip the formality and expense of fine dining. Big Bites Burgerz (420 Dawes Road) is great for inexpensive dinner dates for couples that simply want good food served quickly in a fun atmosphere. Take the pressure off and relax with Greek Salads, Banquet Burgers and Gyro Dinners for as little as $5.00. Big Bites Burgerz is only a two-minute drive from 2 Secord Avenue north on Dawes Road. Alternatively, couples can enjoy a romantic walk north on Taylor Creek Trail on their way to and from this hidden gem for affordable Greek-inspired eats.
Couples can shake things up closer to the Beaches with live jazz, bluegrass and country music at Castro's Lounge (2116 Queen Street East). Castro's Lounge is unique for combining a dimly lit bar atmosphere with a wide selection of healthy meals including vegetarian and gluten-free choices. Couples can start off by sharing a plate of their signature Oven Baked Nachos ($15.00) and finish with a Chipotle Sweet Potato Burrito ($12.50) served in a gluten-free tortilla. From 2 Secord Avenue, head south on Main Street past Kingston Road and east on Queen Street East.
Crescent Town in East Toronto has all the makings of a great date night. If you're ever looking to venture further afield, Toronto has dozens of entertainment options that can be combined with these dinner spots to make a night to remember.