PLAN DATE: WEDS / DEC. 19
There’s nothing quite like dinner with a view, and Merchants River House is proof. As charming as it is quaint—with blue-and-white checkered tablecloths and wraparound windows—this restaurant serves up New American fare that offers classic American dishes, but also elevated options like mac and cheese cones (you can add either bacon, buffalo chicken, or truffle lobster), which a is fan-favorite here. What’s better is that their craft cocktails, like the Riverside Star and The Spark, somehow taste even better with close-up views of the Statue of Liberty.
After dinner, stay close to the water and take a stroll over to The Black Hound, a posh cocktail lounge that clearly enjoys indulging in excellence. Whether you’re drawn in by the sleek geometric ceiling mirror above the bar or the upscale library aesthetic, crafting romantic vibes here is a cinch. In fact, speaking of the library aesthetic, their drink menu is inspired by famous authors and the classic books for which they’re best known. For example, Baskerville is inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle, Down the Rabbit Hole is inspired by Beatrix Potter, and The Fountainhead is inspired by Ayn Rand.
Merchants River House
375 South End Avenue Hudson River, Esplanade, Manhattan
idk tip: Their warm chocolate chip cookies drizzled with rum will answer all of your prayers.
The Black Hound
1002, 301 South End Avenue, Manhattan
idk tip: If you prefer beer over cocktails, they offer a selection of local brews that will do your tastebuds (and local pride) proud.