Top Winter Date Spots in Downtown NYC


Whether you’re a dive bar aficionado or an old school romantic, there’s a date spot for you downtown. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites, from FiDi to the Seaport.

Augustine

Enjoy a relaxed dinner and flawless cocktails at hospitality icon Keith McNally’s venture inside the historic Beekman Hotel. Set in the former home of Clinton Hall, once frequented by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mark Twain and Edgar Allan Poe, order oysters and a Manhattan and take in the buzzy dining room with low-slung seating, warm lighting, and gilded edges, that sets the scene for a classic New York evening.

iPic

Dinner, drinks and a movie are a faithful date night formula but iPic in Fulton Market takes this experience to the next level. Curate your own evening, whether you’d like to linger over dinner and drinks pre- or post-movie at The Tuck Room restaurant; grab refreshments to go from the gourmet concession stand serving prohibition-era cocktails and a menu by acclaimed chef Sherry Yard, or opt for Premium Plus tickets and have them delivered directly to your seat.

Estela

Apparently, this is Michelle and Barack Obama’s favorite NYC date spot, and we can’t argue with that. A restaurant for serious foodies, Chez Panisse alum chef Ignacio Mattos turns out bold, seasonal dishes in this cozy, candlelit nook above Nolita’s Houston Street. Head to Estela for dinner or go for a casual date with Estela’s next-level brunch.

Industry Kitchen

If you and your date in the mood for a winter chalet this season, look no further than Industry Kitchen. This traditionally summer hot spot has transformed into a warm getaway with specialty menus all season. Rumor has it, the spiked Nutella hot chocolate can make anyone fall in love. 

10 Corso Como Restaurant & Cafe

Show your date how stylish you can be with lunch or dinner in Downtown's most fashionable store. Stroll through 10 Corso Como for some design inspiration, then finish the date off with a meal that will have you planning a getaway trip to Italy. Pro tip: order the tiramisu no matter how full you are.

Luchadores NYC 

What's a better place to stay warm this winter than an igloo? Head to Luchadores NYC for tacos, guac, and beers served inside a giant see through snow shack. Enjoy the view and get to know your date over the most important debate there is today: tacos or burritos.

Big Gay Ice Cream

Add the cherry on top of any date by heading to Big Gay Ice Cream. This imaginative, fun-loving ice cream shop is the perfect after-dinner spot to grab a Salty Pimp, vanilla ice cream injected with dulce de leche and dipped in chocolate. Or go for the creative date by picking up some pints and toppings for a create your own sundae surprise. 

Augustine

Enjoy a relaxed dinner and flawless cocktails at hospitality icon Keith McNally’s venture inside the historic Beekman Hotel. Set in the former home of Clinton Hall, once frequented by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mark Twain and Edgar Allan Poe, order oysters and a Manhattan and take in the buzzy dining room with low-slung seating, warm lighting, and gilded edges, that sets the scene for a classic New York evening.

iPic

Dinner, drinks and a movie are a faithful date night formula but iPic in Fulton Market takes this experience to the next level. Curate your own evening, whether you’d like to linger over dinner and drinks pre- or post-movie at The Tuck Room restaurant; grab refreshments to go from the gourmet concession stand serving prohibition-era cocktails and a menu by acclaimed chef Sherry Yard, or opt for Premium Plus tickets and have them delivered directly to your seat.

Estela

Apparently, this is Michelle and Barack Obama’s favorite NYC date spot, and we can’t argue with that. A restaurant for serious foodies, Chez Panisse alum chef Ignacio Mattos turns out bold, seasonal dishes in this cozy, candlelit nook above Nolita’s Houston Street. Head to Estela for dinner or go for a casual date with Estela’s next-level brunch.

Industry Kitchen

If you and your date in the mood for a winter chalet this season, look no further than Industry Kitchen. This traditionally summer hot spot has transformed into a warm getaway with specialty menus all season. Rumor has it, the spiked Nutella hot chocolate can make anyone fall in love. 

10 Corso Como Restaurant & Cafe

Show your date how stylish you can be with lunch or dinner in Downtown's most fashionable store. Stroll through 10 Corso Como for some design inspiration, then finish the date off with a meal that will have you planning a getaway trip to Italy. Pro tip: order the tiramisu no matter how full you are.

Luchadores NYC 

What's a better place to stay warm this winter than an igloo? Head to Luchadores NYC for tacos, guac, and beers served inside a giant see through snow shack. Enjoy the view and get to know your date over the most important debate there is today: tacos or burritos.

Big Gay Ice Cream

Add the cherry on top of any date by heading to Big Gay Ice Cream. This imaginative, fun-loving ice cream shop is the perfect after-dinner spot to grab a Salty Pimp, vanilla ice cream injected with dulce de leche and dipped in chocolate. Or go for the creative date by picking up some pints and toppings for a create your own sundae surprise.