|There are endless venues for dates in NYC. –credit|
With so many great restaurants in NYC, it can sometimes be hard to choose just one for a perfect first date. You don’t want to seem cheap like you’re on a budget (even if you are!), nor do you want to overwhelm a date with a potentially over-the-top night on the town. Here are some ideas for comfortable yet romantic first-date spots that will keep you on budget and still create a memorable evening worthy of earning that second or third date.
There are several locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and the Upper East Side venue also features an underground lounge, Underballs. Cocktails are fantastic and actually affordable ($8 range) at The Meatball Shop; for a dinner or post-dinner date, you can’t go wrong.A daily rotating menu even keeps regulars
anticipating the fresh specials, like risottos and salads. Vegetarian and vegans will be more than satisfied with plenty of meat-free options, including meatless balls!
|TMS’s retro atmosphere is enchanting. –credit|
Cheese-lovers will enjoy the dim-lit, romantic atmosphere of this farm-style restaurant, serving gourmet versions of classic cheese-inspired dishes like macaroni and cheese, cheeseburgers, alpine fondue, and even cheese ice cream! A glass of wine and a shared cheese plate go a long way, and the list of wines by the glass, as well as cheesemonger’s specials, help customize the evening to your specific tastes.
Gotham West Market
This new indoor food market, located far west of Times Square, houses eight local vendors, including various renowned restaurants, a beer bar, and a grocery store, Brooklyn Kitchen, that offers regular cooking classes, perfect for couples or those just getting to know each other.Make the rounds to Ivan Ramen for steaming bowls of soup, El Colmado for romantic tapas, and Little Chef for some American-style dishes with your date, for a fun night of tastings.
|All the food at Gotham West is sophisticated and delicious. –credit|
This classy cocktail establishment (and its next door beer bar) offer the perfect setting to get to know someone you met through a friend of a friend or perhaps just picked up on the street…(this happens in New York). Cocktails rotate seasonally and feature fresh ingredients like cucumbers and strawberries.
Before you dismiss Indian food as a bad breath option, hear it out. This charmingly tacky East Village venue is warm and cozy inside, with small tables to make the date seem intimate. Close company to other diners and exceedingly friendly staff will eliminate any awkward conversation pauses—there will always be something to comment on here! Plus, the restaurant is BYOB and fairly inexpensive, so you won’t be breaking the bank treating your date.
|Panna II is unexpectedly romantic. –credit|