“I love New York. New York, I love you.” It’s often said that people in New York are in a relationship with the city itself, so if you’re looking for a special connection with that new person in your life, we’ve got you covered. Here are our top five first date picks for you, your date-to-be and the beloved Big Apple.
As you’ve probably noticed, New Yorkers are obsessed with oysters. And why wouldn’t they be? These natural aphrodisiacs are best served seaside, making Grand Banks on Pier 25 a hotspot for couples looking to celebrate their new-found flame. Catching the sunset sink on the Hudson is as romantic as you can get, and we promise: seasickness not included.
Grand Banks: Hudson River Park, Pier 25; 212-660-6312
We’re all familiar with that scene in the Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal classic, When Harry Met Sally. Whispered to dish up the best pastrami in all Manhattan, Katz’s Delicatessen is the janky Lower East Side diner where our protagonists’ chemistry was most potent. The sandwiches are huge, the pickles are perfection, and we’re sure you’ll have what she’s having.
Katz’s Delicatessen: 205 E Houston St; 212-254-2246
Forgot to book? On a budget? Need a gimmick that’s sure to make an impression? We’ve all been there. With an entire ceiling swarmed with lights upon lights upon lights, Indian restaurant Panna II dishes out the razzle and dazzle at a very humble cost. The food is fair, and the drinks policy is BYOB. You’ll be laughing in technicolor all night long.
Panna II Garden: 93 1st Avenue #2; 212-598-4610
But perhaps you’re after something a little more upmarket. Tucked in the Flatiron District, the Mediterranean-inspired Kat & Theo blends the perfect ingredients for a memorable New York date. Its intimacy and warmth is captured in the restaurant’s mood lighting, industrial chic design and plush booth seating. Hint: don’t skip out on dessert.
Kat & Theo: 5 W 21st St; 212-380-1950
Is he a vegan? Is she gluten free? Take the anxiety out of picking a place to satisfy both your needs and head to Brooklyn’s weekly open-air food market. Saturday sees Smorgasburg at the Williamsburg waterfront with charming views of the Manhattan skyline, while Sunday finds us amidst the dreamy greenery of Prospect Park. With over sixty vendors, Smorgasburg promises to solve even the most difficult dietary debacles.
Smorgasburg: Williamsburg Waterfront, 90 Kent Ave, Brooklyn.
Smorgasburg: Prospect Park, Breeze Hill (East Drive at Lincoln Rd.), Brooklyn.