Quiet dating place
This guide is a highly opinionated collection of places to wine and dine a Bumble match, girlfriend, or potential bae. First date: The Tippler — Arrive in the early evening at this bar underneath Chelsea Market to snag a pair of barstools.It’s broken down by neighborhood, with picks for a first date bar, a second date spot, and a third category for a couple that’s exclusive-but-not-exclusive. If the date is going well, head upstairs for tacos from Los Tacos No. Note that the phone service here is spotty, in case there is a friend who is going to call for last-minute help feeding her dog.
Spend an evening in Prohibition-era Cuba while getting very drunk.
Note: If someone is traveling to Pier A for a date, hold onto them. Cusp of exclusivity: Racines — Nod to the city of romance with a stop at this Parisian restaurant/wine bar (there’s actually a Racines in Paris, too).
The Up & Up — This underground cocktail bar is an upgrade from a louder place like Wilfie and Nell.
The lighting is dim, plus the cocktails are strong and definitely the kind for nursing.
Second date: Dear Irving — The space here is broken into four rooms, each with a different theme (Marie Antoinette, Abraham Lincoln, and other historical figures), and entirely different date potential.