Five first-date choices in Aspen to make sure there’s a second one.
1 Le Creperie du Village
What's more romantic than fondue or raclette accompanied by a glass of ruby, old-world wine? Making sure it's served in a place as intimate as le Creperie du Village. Modeled after high-alpine restaurants one might find in the Alps, this European enclave is cozy and serves shareable treats perfect for the first date.
Italian food is for lovers, and at l'Hostaria the ambience matches the cuisine. Here, the focus is on the food, like the homemade noodles made fresh each day, but the welcoming staff and laid-back crowd make the atmosphere worth returning for--and people regularly do. The date might be so successful that you'll quickly be back for round two.
Nothing eases the tension of a first date like shared plates and sake. Fortunately, Matsuhisa Aspen excels at both. Here, the legendary Nobu has curated a menu which reflects the South American twists he puts on traditional Japanese food, and there's a sake menu with equal attention to detail.
Sometimes the best first dates may be a little off the beaten path. Zocalito, tucked into a downstairs nook on the Hyman Avenue mall, combines authentic Latin food with an intimate space. But, the assortment of Oaxacan chiles used to flavor signature dishes may not be the only thing heating up the evening.
For 25 years, Pinons has been pairing elegant service with classic gourmet dishes like Colorado lamb, trout and ribeye steak. In this case, tradition works. For an first encounter guaranteed to be a classy affair, Pinons is a steadfast call.