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The Best Double Date Spots In NYC

By: Sophia Marina 

Coupledom is a huge, wonderful, and all-encompassing realm that can feel like it’s all about you and the one you love—but taking part in the occasional double date is a great expansion of it. Hanging with people who are also embarking on an exciting, enriching and paradise-filled ride through life is such a pure, good, and eye-opening way to relate your relationship to the world, as well as make it grow with others. Add in endless NYC options for double dates and our guide to navigating them, and you’ve got yourselves a guaranteed great lovebirds night out.

The Best Double Date Spots In NYC

Emmy Squared
364 Grand Street, Brooklyn | Williamsburg

Pizza in New York is a classic, time-tested bonding experience, but it doesn’t have to be a late night thin slice type of meetup for the convo to flow—take it to the next level with a double date rendezvous at creative pizza outpost Emmy Squared. Made Detroit-style, these robust rectangular pies keep the crust thick and crispy as a bed for lush amounts of toppings: pickled jalapeños and honey (Colony2), Calabrian chiles (the Ronnie), and homemade ranch (the Emmy) to name a few that we recommend splitting up with your couple pals. It’s open, mod, and happy with good, loud vibes flowing all around to compliment those hefty, delicious pies. It can get crowded, so reservations wouldn’t be a bad idea.

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Karaoke
Baby Grand, 161 Lafayette Street—SoHo | Up Stairs Bar, 59 Canal Street—Chinatown | Insa, 328 Douglass Street—Gowanus |

There are lots of cool, chic and lowkey spots around town to tune in and gear on to some karaoke, down a couple of drinks and even feast on Korean BBQ on a double date. There’s Baby Grand, a tiny, cute and colorful little joint where you can be sure you won’t be subjected to anything sounding too terrible by nature of the good crowd it attracts—and by good we not only mean cool and calm but also cheerful and supportive—so it’s an ideal roundup for something fun and lowkey.  In Chinatown, there’s that eccentric, funky bar that is Up Stairs, a karaoke locale that’s great for busting out oldies with couples who really don’t give a f*ck and just want to have fun. Perhaps best of all, there’s Insa, a Korean BBQ spot where the food is as good as the fun, and you don’t even have to join the karaoke if it’s not your thing—just chow down on those scallion pancakes and laugh while the rest of your party takes the stage.

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Credit: Baby Grand
Amelie Wine Bar
22 West 8th Street — West Village | 566 Amsterdam Avenue — Upper West Side

You and your friends will find that the French flair at Amelie Wine Bar is just enough to give the evening a proper dash of romance without overwhelming the vibe, while the wine gets everyone loose, happy, and hungry for some of the French fare they serve. The lively atmosphere, wine-lined walls, and vintage theater decor make for a perfect place to laugh over good drinks with another couple and indulge in incredible small plates and appetizers before going in for the full meal—warm pistachio coated goat cheese balls, chicken liver mousse á la poire, hand cut Creekstone beef tartare to name a few. Happy hour is a steal, with $6 wine by the glass and $10 flights, so aim to meet up between 4-7 for a maximum amount of cool, classy, and easygoing double date enjoyment.

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Credit: Amelie Wine Bar
Bunna Cafe
1084 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn | Bushwick

The platters at homey, colorful and earthy Ethiopian paradise Bunna Cafe are meant to be eaten in happy groups, and the warm, communal experience is definitely one for the double date books. Generous portions of wholesome, zestful vegan delights are heaped onto a sponge of injera and spread on a massive silver platter for everyone to go at with their hands. Don’t fret, individual portions of injera grace the table so that there’s no confusion over who gets the last piece of bread. Among the flavorful wonders that you’ll indulge in—if you order the feast, which we definitely recommend—are Shiro (yellow split peas mashed and simmered with tomato, berbere, garlic, ginger, onion, spices), Enguday Tibs (crimini mushrooms sauteed in peppers, rosemary, garlic, ginger, onion) and Butecha Salata (kale, red onion, lime, dried cranberries mixed with Butecha, chickpea flour stuffing, peppers, turmeric). A double date here will be the pure, satisfying experience, sharing good food and good convo that you always want to create with another couple.

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Credit: Bunna Cafe
Ocean's 8
308 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn | Prospect Heights

This is more of a gritty, nighttime, casual experience you sometimes want to have shooting pool and eating chicken wings with your friends, like in a neon-infused 80s movie where everyone’s having a good time clinking their beers and listening to classic rock. The massive underground pool hall at Ocean’s 8 not only plays host to 30 pool tables, but also carries ping pong tables and plenty of TVs for live sports, so you guys have plenty of space to play some friendly rounds of couple vs. couple along with some cheap beer and see who comes out on top.

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Credit: Ocean's 8

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Sel Rrose
1 Delancey Street, Manhattan | Lower East Side

Oysters and cocktails are undoubtedly one way to score a chic, fantastic night out with another couple, and Sel Rrose is just the place to kick back, drink, and nosh on some wonderfully fresh oysters. With just about 10 East Coast and West Coast types to choose from ranging $1-$1.50, a round of these fresh, freezing cold delicacies is sure to please everyone. And the cocktails are, of course, to die for. There’s the soothing Lavender Piscine (sparkling, lavender ice, herbes de Provence syrup, grapefruit bitters), a zesty one called The Hunter (mezcal, ginger, mesquite honey, lime, grapefruit), and the strong Santa Rosa (tequila, rosebud syrup, lime, orange bitters, sparkling rosé) to go with a hot plate of truffle fries. The sleek ambiance, excellent oysters and top-notch booze will leave everyone feeling happily refined, satisfied and sufficiently tipsy on an oysters-and-wine night out.

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Brooklyn Cider House
1100 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn | Bushwick

No matter the season, crisp, refreshing cider flows from the massive wood barrels inside of Brooklyn Cider House—a cavernous, modern drinkery that, despite its focus on excellent cider, has food that could easily be the star. The Basque-inspired dinner menu is prix-fixe and served family style, with trips to the barrels between the bar and the dining room for your unlimited dosage of 4 types of cider. Convene as couples and pass around the dish of Arroz con Almejas (basque-style clam risotto), scoop up a slice of Tortilla de Patata (Spanish omelette with potato, peppers, onions) onto each of your plates, and keep filling up on cider. It’s the perfect place to toast the end of winter and look forward to spring with a savory feast and something cold to drink.

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Credit: Brooklyn Cider House
Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen
40 Bogart Street, Brooklyn | Williamsburg

This Brooklyn cinema is ideal for a double date movie night. Forget kitschy, greasy popcorn and welcome hearty, delicious comfort food like fried chicken sandwiches, cheesy waffle fries with a pulled pork topping, and fried mozzarella and beer battered cauliflower instead—and that’s just movie menu. At Syndicated, there’s a full restaurant and bar attached which will undeniably be beckoning after the screening, where the art deco vibes are the kind of sleek and funky you want for discussing whatever you just saw. An extensive whiskey list, signature cocktails and long string of beers await to accompany a full menu, so you can end the night on a good note, good drinks and good food.

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Credit: Syndicated Restaurant and Bar, Photo By Michael Tulipan
MáLà Project
122 1st Avenue—East Village | 41 West 46th Street—Midtown West

Chinese food is always best when shared, and MáLà Project adds a fiery Sichuan twist that makes this communal experience all the more eccentric and exciting. Their specialty Sichuan dry pot is meant to be a shared experience, where guests choose the ingredients, from broccoli and chicken wings to the more daring rooster testicle—that are then wok fried over high heat with 24 spices, Chinese medicines, and chili pepper, before being served hot and sizzling right before you, all according to the spice level you and your party agree on. It’s definitely an ideal place for getting risky as friends and sharing both foods you love, like pan-fried dumplings, and foods you’ve never tried, like pig ear in chili oil.

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Credit: Mala Project
Bowling
The Gutter, 200 North 14th Street—Williamsburg | The Gutter LIC, 10-22 46th Avenue—Long Island City | Frames, 550 9th Avenue—Midtown West

When you and your couple friends need a casual, easygoing evening of letting loose and making memories, it’s bowling all the way, and NYC, of course, delivers with the sweet spots. For a laidback place to down a few drinks and play your games unbothered, try The Gutter, an eight-lane bowling alley and bar with a modest but hip vibe with two locations—in Brooklyn and in Queens. If you want to add more of a neon nighttime twist, hit Frames, complete with 26 lanes, two full-service bars, a steakhouse, and a dance lounge, so you and your party don’t have to choose between bowling or the club—it’s all about full throttle fun in this one.

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