Maroon seating, candles, and light music set the mood, while expert takes on the Manhattan, martini, and old-fashioned will keep things moving.
Cusp of exclusivity: El Quinto Pino — The La Vara team’s tiny Spanish tapas bar is quite charming.
Make a reservation in the early evening and find yourself four hours later ordering yet another bottle of wine from the approachable list.
And do you really want to date someone who isn’t up for a game of Guess Who?
If you want to meet at a beach bar, but don’t have the funds to whisk your guy or gal away for a spontaneous first date in Kauai (how dare you), Forgtmenot is your solution.
Co and an alum of Maison Premiere as a “non-fussy” after-hours spot for the city’s bartenders to hit up after their shifts, but it turns out those same qualities make this small, barely lit cocktail bar under Schapiro’s on Rivington an excellent location for a nighttime tryst.
There’s plenty of dark booths to settle into (so dark it’s sometimes hard to see what you’re drinking), and cocktails by star bartenders Alex Day, David Kaplan, and Natasha David are seasonal and killer.When you get hungry, there’s a selection of small bites, or order the Happiest Hour’s popular burger from upstairs without having to leave your Tucked away on Avenue C, this Prohibition-style cocktail bar specializes in casual seduction.While it’s made a name for itself as a destination for first dates, its exposed brick, dripping candles, and eclectic seating — including supple leather booths — really fit any romantic situation.With a population nearly into the eight-figure range, it makes sense than New York harbors a teeming population of single men and women, and yet it seems like everyone you meet is taken.So where are all of these mythical single New Yorkers hiding?Come early for quiet conversation, or swing by on the last Sunday of the month to show off your dance moves: That’s when the disco ball descends for the Disco Sunday dance Dark and gritty without the sleaze, Decibel is a downstairs sake and shochu spot where you’ll regularly find couples getting cozy in the graffiti’d corners, inspired by the red glow of Japanese lanterns and masu holding overflowing drink pours.