PLAN DATE: SAT / JAN. 19
It’s rare to find Pad Thai or Drunken Man Noodle that really goes above and beyond, but in the works since 1978, Jaiya has nailed every silky, zesty flavor and texture for a perfectly executed Thai experience. A commitment to truly original recipes and flavors brings out the best in classics like Basil Fried Rice and Pad See Ew, while an adjustable spice level means you can tailor your heaping pile of steaming noodles to be hot as you desire. Dark, low-lit and covered in sleek Oriental art, it’s got the cool and candid vibes of a high-end date with all the comfort of succulent Thai food you can eagerly dig into.
You’ll need somewhere loose and casual to unwind after your big meal, and comfortably loud Whiskey Rebel is just the place. Dollar bills hang from the ceiling, giving it the kind of extra fun vibes needed to make your drinks pop, and comfy sofas line the space to give you and your love a spot to settle down and snuggle up. $5 shots every night of the week mean getting your whiskey fix is temptingly inevitable, with a mean Moscow Mule and other whiskey-based cocktails that go above and beyond, embellishing their lineup of all major brands of beer and liquor. Although a leisurely place to get a little noisy and watch games, this lounge and bar retains an element of elegance and authenticity that make it great for dates.
393 3rd Avenue, Manhattan
idk tip: We weren’t joking about those spice levels—even the mild is known to be quite spicy, so proceed with caution.
129 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan
idk tip: If you push to the back of the bar, you’ll get table service rather than having to wait for your drinks at the bar.