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Pursuitist Guide to Date Night in NYC

Pursuitist Guide to Date Night in NYC

Looking to plan the best date night? Welcome to the Pursuitist Guide to date night in New York City. From energetic rooftop bars to cozy speakeasies tucked away in hidden alleys, NYC has options for every type of date night. Whether you are a local looking for new spots or visiting on a romantic getaway, here are some of our favorite spots:

 

COCKTAILS & LIGHT BITES

two fifteen at PUBLIC Hotel 

215 Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002

Downtown chic meets sophisticated glamour at the new two fifteen bar in the Ian Schrager designed PUBLIC Hotel. Dripping in rich fabrics, sparkling chandeliers and a mood setting fireplace,  this is the perfect spot to get cozy for drinks and light bites from 5-7pm, or indulge in a sophisticated lounge atmosphere from 10pm on.

Agency of Record

118 E 40th St, New York, NY 10016

If cocktails and light bites in a glamorous cocktail bar located in the historic Renwick Hotel sounds like your perfect date night, Agency of Record is for you. Opened in late 2023, this Mad Men- inspired bar is decked out in plush banquettes, mahogany hues, plush banquette seating and a vintage martini cart. With a nod towards the advertising world, the cocktails ” “Always Be Closing”, “Target Audience”) are sure to amuse.

Analogue 

 19 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011

Dark leather chairs, low lighting and a unpretentious Greenwich Village neighborhood feel is what an unforgettable date night looks like at Analogue. The friendly staff will make you feel right at home, as you and your plus one get comfortable over expertly made cocktails, an extensive whiskey menu and small plates like the popular tuscan flatbread, charcuterie and deviled eggs.

 

Credit: Fabien Desgroux

Bar Nena

63 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014

Take your date to next level downtown cool with a visit to this hidden lounge in the West Village, located below jajaja. From owners and longtime friends Nima Garos and Koorosh Bakhtiar, Bar Nena serves up low ABV fermented beverages based on ancient Mexican recipes, bespoke cocktails and light bites over a sexy copper bar, or choose to cozy up on one of the velvet banquettes that line the room. Sip on a romance -inspiring cocktail, like the Besame (“Kiss Me”).

Blind Barber

339 E. 10th St. New York, New York 10009

Keep it cool and casual with this historic East Village speakeasy hidden behind a working barber shop. With a focus on both seasonal and speciality cocktails, Blind Barber also keeps it interesting with nightly themes like “Retro Wednesday” and “House Party Thursday”.

 

The Bronze Owl 

52 W. 33rd Street, New York, NY 

Sultry midtown cocktail lounge The Bronze Owl is the perfect place to escape the hustle of New York for classic Italian cocktails and assorted bites in a chic space reminiscent of a Mad Men era. With dark green banquets, black and white artwork, and gold accents, make sure to choose a corner booth, and don’t miss the Black Diamond Caviar & Burrata, house made pizzas or selection of cured meats.

Jac’s on Bond

26 Bond Street, New York, NY

This subterranean NoHo cocktail bar from Authentic Hospitality is a sultry, discreet place to enjoy decadent light bites, savory sips, and a round of pool.  Spirit-forward craft cocktails like the Fig Poppa (reposado tequila, combier, fig, pineapple, lime, vanilla, graham cracker salt) and Shoulder Blade (monkey shoulder scotch, santa teresa 1796, coconut, banana, pineapple, lime, vanilla, nutmeg) are served alongside sharable shrimp cocktail, oysters and chilled crab dip.

10 Downing St. New York, NY
This trendy Greenwich Village hotspot from Grand Tour Hospitality is the place to be for celebrity sightings (Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and the Biebers have all been) as well as a watering hole for tastemakers and influencers. Treat your date to an extensive martini menu, $10 Martini Tuesdays, and coastal-focused cuisine.

Romeo’s 

118 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 

This chill East Village bar on Saint Marks offers both indoor and outdoor dining, along with a great selections of Spring/Summer cocktails like The Guava Paloma, The Mezcal Penicillin Sour, and Oskar’s Clarified Milk Punch. For an energetic atmosphere, catch Romeo’s monthly Block Parties in collaboration with Funny Pretty Nice, on Sunday afternoons.

seeyabajo

 49 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001

From owner Ryan McKenzie and Executive Chef Carlos Chavarria, of Patent Pending, is seeyabajo, hidden underneath  seeyamañana. The vibey, intimate venue hosts live music, a Baja California menu and bespoke drinks with fresh, unique ingredients inspired by Chef Chavarria’s Mexican upbringing (think: butter-washed mezcal, kiwi, green peppercorn, the Mexican spirit Pox, cantaloupe, yerba mate, Mexican corn whiskey, and more).

The Tusk Bar

 7 E 27th St, New York, NY 10016

The sexy, sultry Tusk Bar located in The Evelyn Hotel is the perfect ambiance for date night- low lighting, draped fabrics, cheeky artwork, creative cocktails (Ambrosia Punch, Pastel Sour) and decadent seafood-focused bites like the trio of playful oyster minis,  King Crab “Club” Sandwich and Live Scallop Crudo from acclaimed Chefs Jeremiah Stone and Fabian Von Hausk. The Parisian apartment-inspired setting will have you swooning by the end of the evening.

RESTAURANTS

Photo: Nikolas Koenig

Twenty Three Grand 

23 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

In the heart of Soho in the Modernhaus Hotel is the garden oasis of Twenty Three Grand. Named after the address, the beautiful indoor/outdoor restaurant offers delectable Mediterranean-inspired dining under a retractable roof. The food is helmed by Executive Chef Ashley Rath, and the menu features reinvented classic comfort food with a twist and is the perfect spot for a romantic evening under the stars. 

 

beefbar 

 105 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

Beefbar, originally from Monte Carlo, has now made a home in downtown Tribeca. Located in an art deco building and designed by French interior design firm Humbert & Poyet, the stunningly sophisticated space offers a timeless chic experience with diverse range of dishes curated by Executive Chef Thierry Paludetto, with Executive Chef Peter Jin at the helm in New York. For a sophisticated date night experience, don’t miss the croque sando, a dry aged ribeye ham with mozzarella and La Sauce Beefbar, or the homemade wagyu bolognese with 101-month-aged parmesan.

 

BLACKBARN

 19 E 26th St, New York, NY 10010

This classic American farm-to-table restaurant in NoMad by Chef John Doherty is the perfect place for a romantic, low-ket date night. With the front Tavern dining room with its massive front window with direct views of the top of Madison Square Park, as well as the main dining room in the back, this is the perfect place to dine on Shrimp & Tagliolini Pasta with preserved tomatoes, basil, shaved ricotta; Black Mission Fig Sourdough Pizza with Mangalitsa, spicy coppa, caramelized onions, cheese fondue, arugula topped with truffle oil, Grilled Branzino, or the signature BLACKBARN Burger with bbq sauce, bacon, roasted tomato, cheddar, jalapeno, parmesan fries. Opting for something more casual? Stop by the BLACKBARN weekday happy hour with $12 classic cocktails, $9 wine, $6 draft beer and half off its Tavern Snacks ( Crispy Chicken Wings, Truffle Mac & Cheese Croquettes, Mangalitsa Charcuterie & Cheese and Shishito Peppers).

 

Crave Sushi Bar

 947 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

From owners Brian Owens and Chef Todd Mitgang comes NYC’s first sustainable seafood restaurant, exclusively serving locally caught and sustainably farmed fish. The standout dishes include Kumamoto Oysters topped with Sake Mignonette and Hatch Green Chillies, Montauk Sea Bream nigiri atop a charred Japanese Miso Eggplant, Local Scallop with Brown Butter, Lemon & Sea Salt and American Dry-Age Wagyu Hot Stone.

Frena

 773 10th Ave, New York, NY 10019

From Executive Chef Efi Naon comes modern middle eastern restaurant Frena. Mediterranean food lovers will enjoy getting cozy over sharable classics like hummus, tzatziki, falafel, crispy zucchini cakes and more paired with Mediterranean wines and spirits.

 

L’Avenue at Saks

 8 E 50th St, New York, NY 10022

Located in midtown Manhattan inside Saks, L’Avenue at Saks is the perfect place for the fashion lovers. With an option of indoor or terrace seating,  L’Avenue at Saks is ideal for after-work dates, with stunning views overlooking Fifth Avenue. The sophisticated menu serves up Foie Gras, Escargot, Spicy Lobster Pasta, and Caviar, as well as bespoke cocktails and an extensive wine menu.

610 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022
Michelin- Starred Le Jardinier is a modern urban oasis located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan on Lexington Avenue. The refined, elegant atmosphere of lush greenery, high ceilings and airy atmosphere is paired with approachable, seasonal French cuisine from Executive Chef Andrew Ayala.  For the best date night experience, head upstairs after dinner to Bar Bastion for a nightcap.

Maison Close

 15 Watts St, New York, NY 10013

Known as one of New York’s liveliest restaurants, Maison Close brings the fun to dinner, brunch and cocktails all week long. From the team behind Bagatelle, the beautiful space is the epitome of European elegance and hospitality, and serves up french classics like Tartare de Boeuf au Couteau, Terrine de Foie Gras, Coq au Vin and Caviar. Don’t miss extravagant cocktail creations like La Tenancière, finished with a brandied cherry wrapped in gold flakes and a rosemary bubble smoke made with Casa del Sol Reposado, Cap Corse white Quina, Chartreuse Vegetal Elixir.

Manhatta 

28 Liberty St 60th floor, New York, NY 10005

From Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality comes award-winning Manhatta, perched 60 stories in the sky with stunning views of the city. The kitchen is under the guidance of Executive Chef Justin Bogle, featuring global ingredients from around the world. The curated spirits menu features classics named after different areas of New York- don’t miss the Manhatta(n), Red Hook or Chinatown.

 

The Standard Grill

 The Standard, High Line, 848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

A New York City icon, The Standard Grill opened in 2009 and is celebrating its 15th anniversary this June. One of the go-to spots for celebrities and tastemakers, Anna WintourMichael B. JordanMegan Thee StallionJill Scott, Miranda Kirr, and Jennifer Lawrence have all been spotted dining here over the years. With design by  Roman + Williams, the Grill has stood the test of time, and is available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, happy hour, and brunch. Perfect for an impressive date night, don’t miss out on the  Seafood Tower, ‘Standard Burger,’ or Dirty Martini. 

 

HOTELS

Hotel Fouquet’s New York

456 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

This stunning Tribeca property is the perfect place to take someone who appreciates the finer things in life. The first U.S.  property for Group Barrière, the hotel embraces Parisian opulence and sophistication. Three dining venues are available Brasserie Fouquet’s, Par Ici Cafe, or Titsou.

 

The Regency Bar & Grill at Loews Regency New York 

540 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065

This Park Avenue icon is known for its power lunch crowd, but also a chic and sophisticated spot for date night. With a classic American menu brought to you by Executive Chef Manjit Manohar, the hotel’s signature restaurant is serving up soups, salads, seafood and meats from regional, organic farms and supports ecological fishing practices. The classic cocktails are superb, but for those taking a break from alcohol or wanting to try non-alcoholic beverages, Loews has introduced the Free Spirited by Loews program, introducing two low ABV (Shirley’s Cousin, St-Germain Spritz)  and two no ABV cocktails (Grapefruit Fusion, Cucumber Fizz) to the menu.

 

ROOFTOPS & VIEWS  

Park Lane Hotel New York, 36 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019
With one of the most spectacular views of Central Park, and the only rooftop lounge on Central Park South, date night at Darling is sure to impress. The newly revamped menu features a watermelon-infused Negroni with a boozy jello-shot, a gin & tonic crafted with guests’ choice of botanical infusion and a classic martini made table-side via a gravity bong infused with rosemary and garnished with caviar-stuffed olives and served with Jamon Iberico. For a more energetic atmosphere, book during weekday programming- Touch of Classics Classic Vinyl Thursdays, pentHOUSE Fridays, and Maisonette Saturdays.

Roof at 66 Park 

 The Prince Kitano New York, 66 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016

On the 18th floor of the newly reopened Prince Kitano New York, is the lively Roof at 66 Park.  With a selection of craft cocktails, fine wines, rare Japanese whiskeys and shareable gourmet bites, this is the place to experience panoramic views of the city from the bar’s wraparound terraces, making for a most memorable evening.

 

The Garden Terrace at Aman New York

 730 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019

The Garden Terrace of Aman New York is the epitome of elegance and luxury. With stunning Manhattan city views surrounded by lush foliage, this upscale hideaway is a tranquil escape for intimate evenings. Have a seat at the marble bar, grab a table by the fountain or fire pits, and sip on top shelf cocktails.

 

photo: Kimberly Fisher

The Lookup 

Kixby hotel,45 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

This hidden gem in the Kixby Hotel has one of the best views of the Empire State Building, and is outfitted in a minimal black and white aesthetic. The casual atmosphere is unpretentious, the cocktails are simple yet pleasing. The food comes from ground floor Black Tap Burgers & Beers on the ground level on the hotel, and highlights summertime favorites like the delicious Hamptons Lobster Roll, Street Corn Nachos and Truffle Grilled Cheese. Check the calendar for summer programming including live music, dance classes and more.

 

Somewhere Nowhere

This rooftop oasis in the Renaissance NY Chelsea Hotel features city skyline views and a rooftop pool in a lounge-like setting on the 39th floor. The perfect date spot with craft cocktails, light, sharable bites like oysters, tuna tartare and scallop ceviche.

 

DISTILLERIES 

Fort Hamilton Distillery

 68 34th St Building 6, 2nd Floor, 68 34th St Bldg 6 – 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11232

If you are looking for something different for date night, head to Brooklyn to Fort Hamilton Distillery. This women-owned distillery is perfect to explore the complex flavors of Fort Hamilton Whiskey, with cocktails, a tasting, guided tours (Friday- Sunday), or special events like live music Fridays. Located in Industry City, this also makes it easy to explore nearby shops and restaurants. Don’t miss the Maple Old Fashioned!