Ask and you shall receive, my darlings! You all loved my first Date Spots post from last winter, so here we are with ROUND 2! These are not new dates I’ve been on (I have mostly been loving the single life the last few months), but they are the dates that I forgot to include last time, hah!
I am so happy that you enjoy these little recommendations / date reviews, because it’s really fun for me to talk about.
Manhattan Cricket Club.
Ok YAS, I love this place so much. It’s just the coziest, most romantic, mirror-walled, dimly-lit, leather-couched out venue and I am ALL. ABOUT. IT.
** You need to go to Burke & Wills and ask the hostess if there’s is room upstairs. You will not be disappointed! **
This cute lil bar on the LES has the yummiest frose for those hot summer days.
The Crown Rooftop Bar at 50 Bowery. This was a staycation a few years back, so 1.) I recommend staying here because the aesthetic is on point and the neighborhood is full of amazing bars and restaurants but 2.) the rooftop bar is BEAUTIFUL, the views are incredible, and the drinks are delectable.
** I highly recommend sunset drinks here, the lighting is fabulous but go early so you can grab a seat at the bar or on the terrace **
This was a fun date night!!! We got all dressed up and had a fun city night planned. We started the night at The Django for cocktails, then headed to Bar Hugo for another round of drinks, but with a rooftop view! We scored a lovely couch on the terrace and had such a fun time.
This adorable spot was the go-to for Justice and I on Galentine’s Day! We did a wine flight and caught up on all things life and love!
The Standard Grill.
I love this spot for post-High Line strolls or pre-night out drinks. We popped into the bar after walking around Meatpacking and before we had dinner reservations. I’ve never had dinner here, so that’s still on my list!
** I also recommend The Standard Biergarten! I’ve never been on a date there, but my girlfriends and I have been over the years and its always a great time! There’s big projector screens for sports, ping pong tables, a game room, and the classic biergarten picnic tables that everyone shares.. you never know who you’ll start chatting with!
The Back Room.
This wasn’t a date, but my girlfriends and I loved it! Well, i guess it was a girlfriend date!!! We popped into this speakeasy after watching my friend’s band play around the corner. LOVED the vibe of this place. And they serve their cocktails in teacups!
** Must be 25+ on Fridays and Saturdays
This also wasn’t a date, it was more of “My girlfriend cheered for an Australian rugby team and the coach and I hit it off so we joined the team for a night out” type thing…? Multi-story venue with a super sick rooftop.
All of my uptown friends know about this place, but if you’re looking to venture to West Harlem, I cannot recommend this bar enough! “A laid back basement bar with super cool cocktails and small bites inspired by mom’s best entertaining dishes. The Honeywell is a comfortable, low key alternative to its sister bars, Harlem Public and At the Wallace.” Go go go!
The Up and Up.
This fabulous basement bar serves up some incredible craft cocktails, and it’s Greenwich Village location is a perfect date spot for a fun night out. I love the dim lights, the candles, and the delicious drinks.
Ok this GOLDEN AGE VIBE is everything at this venue. You walk in and you’re like, “Jay Gatsby is going to descend that staircase any second now.” This is a gin-focused bar, but with plenty of other options, as well! It was pretty dead on a Wednesday night in Midtown when I went, but I bet it’s a super lively spot on a Thursday / Friday after work.
I love this brunch spot for a fun weekend date! We did a staycation at The Standard that weekend so we took advantage of the neighborhood! We did The Whitney, then brunch at Bubby’s, then walked it off on The High Line afterwards!
Delicious Spanish tapas spot in Chelsea! This massive space was a really cool spot for yummy food and way too much sangria.
Love this chain for a cute but casually classy affair. Like I’ve said a million times over, I’m a sucker for cool lighting fixtures and an industrial chic vibe and these bars have it all.
Ice and Vice.
The perfect spot to pop in to on a hot summer day. They have the coolest / weirdest flavors and cone options, super fun! Take a look at their flavor menu!
10 Below Ice Cream.
Cannot recommend this place enough! They are the first establishment in NY to serve Thai-inspired ice cream rolls. My go-to is the Fruity Pebbles and Honey flavor… it’s to-die for!
Empire State Building.
Obviously Top of The Rock has the better views of the city because you can actually see the Empire State Building from there, but I had never been so when my date suggested we just spontaneously go I was like “Why not!” We went all the way to the top and it was just a really cool experience. He was visiting from Australia so it was really cool for me to point out all of the NY landmarks and neighborhoods to him. Definitely one of those NY moments I wont forget.
Walk Through Central Park.
Shout out to Bob. I told you I would include this in Round 2, hah! Bob and I decided to meet up in Central Park for a lovely stroll on a chilly spring day. We chatted for hours and even climbed up the massive rock mountain at the North end of the park. I think this was one of my first “day dates” where alcohol wasn’t slightly involved, and it turned out to be a really great time!
Also Bob! Date 2 was a walk through The Whitney Museum followed by coffee and pastries where he then told me he was moving to Atlanta in a few weeks. Short-lived, but we still keep in touch every once in a while!
That’s all I’ve got for Round 2! I’ll be sure to hit you with Round 3 when I’m back on the dating scene!