How many times are we going to screw-up date night before we finally succeed? That is a question most of us have been forced to answer on any given Friday night. Most of the time, expectations and reality don’t meet and the consequences can be… disappointing (to say the least).
Fear no more, my consciously coupled New Yorkers, here are some date spots that are sure to lead to a far less disappointing after-date:
57 Great Jones Street
This secret gem of a restaurant is stashed behind a Japanese butcher shop in Soho. The problem is getting a reservation. You either have to take your chances and show up in person or attempt to email email@example.com and hope for a response. They do not list their phone number. Good luck!
56 Bogart St
So you are dating someone with eclectic tastes? This is the date for you/them. Bring some books to donate and just hang out in this concept art space for a few hours to get to know each other.
114 Kenmare Street
Getting to this awesome Mexican restaurant requires a reservation and a walk through a taqueria kitchen. This place is not as secret as it used to be, but it does take some thought and romantic maneuvering to get that reservation.
191 Chrystie Street
This American fare restaurant is decorated like an old-school hunting lodge with wooden chairs and an array of taxidermy on the walls. To get here you must navigate yourself around Bowery, Chrystie and Rivington until you spot the easily missed Freeman Alley. The restaurant is at the end of the alley.
5. The New York Earth Room
141 Wooster St
Again, eclectic date spot alert. This is a permanent art fixture in Soho that is meant to represent what Soho really is…a space on an island made of dirt. Know your audience before taking a date here. It is a love or hate kind of thing.
149 Mulberry Street
So you want to take your date on a more personalized romantic experience? Find this gastropub beneath a souvenir shop in Little Italy. Here, the bar’s mixologist will invent a personalized drink just for you.
7. Hudson Clearwater
447 Hudson Street
One of our favorites! Find the inconspicuous green door on Morton street and enter the outdoor garden space known as Hudson Clearwater. This is a great brunch date spot.
211 E 43rd Street
This Japanese restaurant is hidden in the basement of an office building in Midtown East. There are no outside signs to give clues to its location, so finding it is a little bit difficult. Menu favorites include handmade soba noodles and the Sake Ikura Don Set, filleted salmon sashimi, and salmon roe cooked in soy sauce and artfully served over a bowl of rice.
9. Burger Joint in Le Parker Meridien
119 W 56 Street
This is not so secret anymore, but still noteworthy. The high-end, pristine hotel that surrounds this place was built around the dive bar. It is so amazingly out of place. Your date will appreciate the juxtaposition.
10. Elevated Acre – FiDi
55 Water Street
Situated behind 55 Water Street, this lush high line-esque retreat is a real treat in the Financial District. To access the park, take the stairway or one of the escalators adjacent to the building’s Chase bank.
21 W 52nd Street
This place is amazing. Through the kitchen, down a flight of stairs and behind a fake wall is a secret wine cellar and if you push through the key hole, which appears to be a crack in the wall, you’ll find a hidden room that was used to hide liquor during Prohibition.
54 Clinton St
Once you find the walkway to the back of the arcade store (hidden inside a photo booth), you can check out the adjacent menswear shop. Here, you’ll find vintage brand-name streetwear and designer collaborations from Members Only jackets to limited-edition NCAA hats. Venture even farther back and you’ll come across an outdoor events space covered in graffiti by internationally renowned street artists.