Meeting someone for the first time and choosing the perfect place for dating can make even the most confident of us very nervous. The nervous decision always seems to come with the weight of first impressions, personal style, experience and preferences, and even status. We all look forward to choosing this first date spot!
Through our work as Matchmakers, we have a passion for exploring the city to find the perfect places for all kinds of occasions. These are my top 5 dating sites in New York City.
Jadis – Lower East Side
With low lighting, comfortable sofas, and an extensive and diverse wine list, this place perfectly balances cozy and romantic. Not to mention, they offer a variety of well-cured charcuterie tables. This is a great place to get to know each other with shared snacks and wine.
Holiday Cocktail Lounge – East Village
This long dive in the East Village was renovated in 2015, but it still retains enough of the original charm and atmosphere of the bar to keep those who knew it in its day very happy. This trendy bar offers tempting drink specials as well as a modern version of some classic cocktails. If you’re hungry while you take your libations, there’s a combo bag of bar bites available, which includes burgers, fries, and wings.
Premiere House – Williamsburg
After temporarily closing its doors for a year, this Paris-inspired “Oyster House and Cocktail Den” reopens. If you’re looking for a lively oyster-eating atmosphere and craft cocktails on a date, there’s no place in Brooklyn that I would recommend at Maison Premiere.
The immigrant – East Village
This intimate wine cellar in the heart of the East Village offers a wide selection of wines and beers. There are many tables ideal for couples, such as the two tables hidden in the back that offer a lot of privacy or the corner tables next to the bar.
Little Branch – West Village
Little Branch is one of the first classic clandestine bars in New York and after all these years it is still one of the best. The original cocktails are masterfully crafted by the mixologists behind the bar. Animated music is played by a jazz band hidden in the corner that complements but does not dominate the atmosphere. If the date goes well and you feel like dancing, the Meat Packing District nightclubs are just a stone’s throw away.
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