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.
The Best Date Spots in Downtown NYC
Enjoy a relaxed dinner and flawless cocktails at hospitality icon Keith McNally’s latest 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.
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.
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.
Please Don't Tell
Looking for something a little out-of-the-ordinary? Take your date to PDT, the secret speakeasy adjoining Crif Dogs in the East Village. Enter the dimly lit, intimate drinking den via a vintage phone booth in the neighboring hot dog spot and enjoy craft cocktails while ordering deep-fried comfort food from next door. Pro tip: Call ahead and make a reservation to guarantee a table.
Sunset drinks by the water are an A-game summer date plan. For the best views in the city, head to the new Heineken Riverdeck to enjoy cold beverages and east coast-inspired bites while gazing out at the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and New York skyline.
El Luchador & Van Leeuwen
Summer is officially here and day dating is back on the menu. May we take this moment to recommend our favorite South Street Seaport combo? Tacos, guac and beers at El Luchador – a renovated horse stable with a 1960s Airstream parked out front on South Street – followed by desert from artisan ice creamery Van Leeuwen on Front Street, and a meander around the cobblestones and along the riverfront.