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The Best Date Spots Insanely Close To Subway Lines: Part I

By: Lindsay Saito

Whether you love it or hate it, NYC’s subway system is a vital part of life in the city. But with an unlimited ride MetroCard in hand, it can serve as your chariot for a night out with your boo. Check out some of our favorite spots that are insanely close to the subway, allowing for a multi-stop date night. This month, we’re looking at lines that you’ll want to familiarize yourself with once the L Train repairs begin.

The Best Date Night Spots Insanely Close To Subway Lines—Part I

Donna Bell's Bake Shop
E — 50th Street Station | 301 West 49th Street, Manhattan | Hell's Kitchen

In the heart of Midtown West, grab a window seat and enjoy some fresh Southern-inspired baked goods at Donna Bell’s Bake Shop. It’s just the spot to be cupcaking with your cutie. Located right across from the E’s 50th Street Station, this cute, little bakery has a wide selection of treats that will fulfill your sweet and savory tooth. It’s named for the owner’s mother, ensuring that everything is homemade and handmade. Whatever you do, don’t pass on the biscuits.

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Credit: Donna Bell's Bake Shop, Facebook
Tomi Jazz
E/M — Lexington Avenue/53rd Street Station | 239 East 53rd Street, Manhattan | Midtown East

This jazzy speakeasy is what New York living is all about. It’s intimate and cozy, with amazing drinks and tasty Japanese bar foods. From filling items like curry, omelet rice, and cod roe spaghetti to bar bites like spam musubi and fried chicken, this spot is an unexpected gem in Midtown East. There’s happy hour until 7:30 p.m. and live music every night. It fills up fast, so you’ll want to make a reservation ahead of time. Definitely try your luck on Thursday and Friday nights though—it’s first come, first serve, and it gets packed quick.

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Credit: Tomi Jazz
Dutch Kills
E/M/R — Queens Plaza Subway Station | 27-24 Jackson Avenue, Queens | Long Island City

With the L Train repairs cutting off easy access to Williamsburg, use this opportunity to explore Long Island City—including Dutch Kills. The neon bar sign outside is the only signal to lead you to the discretely marked door. Long, narrow, and moody, this cocktail lounge takes their drinks very seriously. You can choose from an extensive list of expertly made seasonal and house cocktails. But if you’re not feeling any of them, chat with the bartender about what you’re feeling and leave it up to them. In the back of the bar, you can find a music player to pick some tunes to help set a mood.

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Credit: Dutch Kills
LIC Market
G — Court Square Station | 21-52 44th Drive, Queens | Long Island City

At the crossroads of the E, M, G, and 7 in Long Island City, you’ll find the super cute cafe, LIC Market. The fare’s seasonal American bistro classics, like a solid burger and fries, along with more inventive items, like Himalayan red rice topped with a fried egg, and the drink list includes a great selection of natural wine and craft beers, with wine bottle discounts on Wednesday nights. For a more casual experience, you can go dine in the front bar area, or for something a little more romantic try to snag a table in the covered terrace.

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Credit: LIC Market
G — Greenpoint Av | 128 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn | Greenpoint

Just out of Greenpoint station of the G, you’ll find the Mexican eatery Oxomoco. Get ready for an amazing meal—after opening last summer, this restaurant was quick to earn a Michelin star for its wood-fired Latin bites from both land and sea, like steak tartare, lamb barbacoa tacos, and shrimp tostadas. Every dish comes beautifully plated, like a work of art, including the drinks. Check out their extensive tequila and mezcal list to enjoy a drink with dinner, in the beautiful, bright, and airy space.

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Credit: Oxomoco

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Ponyboy Greenpoint
G — Nassau Avenue | 632 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn | Greenpoint

If you’re looking for dinner, drinks, and a good dance party, look no further than Ponyboy off the Nassau street station. Billed as a “cocktail-forward restaurant,” this new(er) neighborhood spot has a menu as eclectic as it’s decor. With dishes pulling on American, Japanese, and Mexican influences, both of you will find something to pair nicely with your drink. And, if you hang out long enough, the disco ball will drop and the back room will transform into a dance party. Follow them on Instagram to find out what events are popping up.

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Credit: Ponyboy
Union Pool
G — Metropolitan Avenue | 484 Union Avenue, Brooklyn | Williamsburg

A Williamsburg staple with a bar, music venue and taco truck, Union Pool is located right off the G at Metropolitan Ave. Housed in a former pool supply store (hence the name), this spot has a mixed crowd with three different spaces to hang out in. There’s usually a DJ in the front bar, a large patio in the back for noshing on tacos, and a side venue where you can catch live entertainment for a nominal fee. One of the best parts about Union Pool, though, is the vintage photobooth, because, honestly, who doesn’t love a photobooth?

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Credit: Thrillist
Sel Rrose
J — Bowery Station | 1 Delancey Street, Manhattan | Lower East Side

Hit up the dreamy Sel Rrose for some craft cocktails, champagne, French bites, and oysters. It’s rustic, romantic, and right off the J at the Bowery street station. From the decor to the drinks (some even garnished with rose petals), everything in here is screaming to be shot for the ‘gram. Head there early for $1 oyster happy hour, or come by for a late dinner and drinks. It’s the spot to come cuddle up around a candlelit meal and let the aphrodisiac influences of the oysters take over.

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Credit: Sel Rrose
Nurse Bettie
J — Essex Street | 106 Norfolk Street, Manhattan | Lower East Side

Head to Nurse Bettie for a little booze and a whole lotta burlesque. A fun, intimate hole-in-the-wall, it pays tribute to its 50s pinup model namesake through its entertainment and decor. There are free burlesque shows on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and you’ll want to get there early to snag a good spot. It’s a fun, sexy spot for drinks and entertainment. The list of specialty drinks is expansive, well-priced, and creative. While they don’t serve food, you can always bring in some food at one of the take-out spots around the neighborhood.

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Credit: Burlesque NYC
La Isla
J/M — Marcy Avenue | 293 Broadway, Brooklyn | Williamsburg

Get a fill of Island fare right below the Marcy stop, off the J/M, at La Isla. It’s got a home-cooked, eating-at-Mom’s vibe with solid Dominican and Puerto Rican comfort food served in a no-frills setting. Get something to share or try a few different things, like the chicken stew and stuffed potatoes. Order from, and grab a seat at, the tiny counter. You’ll want to be ready to eat. The portions are generous and the prices are cheap, which means, you won’t leave hungry.

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Credit: Yelp, Photo By: Zenny R.

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