New York, New York
Its 24-hour pulse. Buzzing, people-filled streets. Underground hip bars. A cloud-piercing skyline. Cronuts. The city of Opportunity. We could go on and on, because there’s nothing to not to love. There’s much room for warmth in this concrete jungle “where dreams are made of”, so here’s where you should go on a first date.
Neha Jaiswal, Lawyer, recommends:
An incredible sunset view with great company, refreshing cocktails and delicious entrees – all on this fishing boat-turned-bar. Grand Banks is Neha’s romantic outdoor pick for a summer date by the Hudson River. “I love a lazy Sunday brunch here – gorge on soft-shell crabs, lobster rolls, and of course, lots of oysters,” adds Neha.
Hudson River Park, Pier 25
For reservations, call: 212 660 6312
It’s elegant, sexy, and romantic. Located on the top floor of Museum of Arts & Design, this classic modern American restaurant allows you to enjoy a breathtaking view and signature cocktails. Here’s a valuable tip: “Request for a table by the window so you can take in the stunning view of Columbus Circle by night.”
Museum of Arts & Design, 2 Columbus Circle
For reservations, call: 212 299 7730
Anirudh Malhotra, Banker, recommends:
This speakeasy bar allows entry only through a phone booth, affixed to a hot dog joint in the East Village. PDT (Please Don’t Tell), with its inviting menu of thoughtfully crafted cocktails and bar nibbles, makes for a memorable, intimate evening for two. “It is truly a pain to get a table reservation at PDT, but I don’t mind it – it’s one of the few places that’s worth the trouble,” says Anirudh.
113 St Marks Place
For reservations, call: 212 614 0386
A contemporary izakaya set on the Lower East Side, this glimmering black-and-gold gem boasts of Asian-inspired craft cocktails and top-notch bar nibbles. His must haves from their menu? Sakura Martini and Miso Wings. “Trust me when I say that those wings are the best you’ll have ever have,” sighs Anirudh.
245 Eldridge Street
No reservations. First come, first served.
Sirf Coffee picks:
With its high ceilings and Gothic chandeliers, this swanky espresso bar has a classic Renaissance Era atmosphere, set inside the Le Parker Meridien. Knave boasts of master baristas that serve up a well-chosen collection of cocktails, wines and most definitely the best coffee mid-town. Their other secret weapon: Fried Olives.
118 W 57th Street
For reservations, call: 212 708 7392
Compiled by Noopur Pal