There's no debating that the food at Rouge is fantastic — the place has arguably the finest seared foie gras in the city. But where this restaurant excels is its ambiance. Once you walk into the red-walled bohemian atmosphere of the interior dining room, you begin to feel far away from the weird wilderness of 71st Street, which is just on the other side of the door. Make your way to the outdoor courtyard, formerly a parking lot, and discover an oasis lined with rustic brick flooring and walls covered with sprawling vines and flowers. Ornamental tiles adorn all the tables, and the soft bubbling of fountains instantly transports you to a breezy night in Marrakesh. It's an amazing departure from the bustling center of Normandy Isle, which is a mere few feet away from the low-key patio. And Rouge's combination of subtlety and French-Moroccan styling makes it a beguiling place for a romantic evening of wine and whispered sweet-nothings.