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Recommendations to Impress The Sh*t Out of Your Date

By: Sophia Marina

Lavish meals in gold-gilded rooms, exquisite greenery tucked into urban streets, provocative works of world-renowned art, perfect cocktails under a piano’s spell—New York’s rich array of escapades means there’s always something special going on. Couple the sights, scenery, and grandeur with the pique pleasure of not only doing it all with your person, but by being the one to arrange those little, sensational pieces of the city together into your next memorable date. Show your love some love with our guide to NYC’s most extravagant, stimulating, relaxing and of course, romantic of places to take your date out for a night on the town.

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Rainbow Room Bar SixtyFive
30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th floor

This is New York City, so of course, we had to start off with some views. At Bar SixtyFive, you and your boo can take in the best of the Manhattan skyline while enjoying classic cocktails in a comfortable, elegant atmosphere. Whether on the terrace or inside, this upscale spot makes for a breathtaking date.

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Chelsea Art Galleries
Various Locations

Big museums like the Met and MoMA are great, but crowded. Chelsea’s myriad art galleries not only boast a range of work from established greats and experimental up-and-coming artists, but also offer a more intimate and unconventional experience for you and your love to soak up some unusual and inspiring art. Try visiting one of these renowned galleries for a striking and personal experience:

Andrew Kreps Gallery, featuring new contemporary artists

Mitchell-Innes & Nash, focusing on modern masters and emerging contemporaries

Petzel, which brings in international star artists

Mary Boone Gallery, which has exhibited artists like Barbara Kruger, Ai Weiwei, and Joseph Beuys

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1 Central Park West

Overlooking Central Park, the crisp, white tablecloths and crystal clear windows are the perfect set up for a sumptuous and delicate meal at famous chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s new French cuisine restaurant. With a dash of American and Asian influence, as well as a seasonal, constantly changing menu, this award-winning restaurant is a must for a fancy date night, and yes, it has to be fancy. No jeans, sweatshirts or sneakers.

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Del Posto
85 10th Avenue, Manhattan

Indulge in a hearty pasta or tender veal while basking in the splendor of grandiose, palatial surroundings at Del Posto, considered one of the city’s top spots for Italian fare. Our tip: go in for the weekday prix-fixe lunch, which offers 3 courses for only $59.

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Bemelman’s Bar
Located in the Carlyle Restaurant | 35 East 76th Street, Manhattan

If you’ve ever wanted to experience classic New York, Bemelman’s Bar is it. Decadent black glass tabletops and brown-leather banquettes continue to bring in celebs and socialites for its ample drink menu and nightly live performances. Oh, and remember the Madeline cartoon? Ludwig Bemelman himself was its creator, and the bar’s walls are covered in his murals— the only surviving exhibition of his open to the public.

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The Frick Collection
1 East 70th Street, Manhattan

This mansion-turned-museum boasts a small but impressive collection that includes works by Goya, Van Dyck and Rembrandt. As gorgeous as the art is, the house itself with its extravagant furniture, fine sculpture, indoor fountain, and elegant interior design is ideal for admiring and walking hand-in-hand over lush carpets and marble floors.

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Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave at East 24th Street

Recently deemed the best restaurant in the world, this contemporary American restaurant offers an 8 to 10 course menu in their famously grand main dining room, and a smaller tasting menu at their bar. With renowned service and a view overlooking Madison Square Park, Eleven Madison Park is sure to wow you both with its extensive and rare array of cuisine choices.

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AIRE Ancient Baths
88 Franklin Street, Manhattan

There’s plenty of places to get a massage in NYC, but not many where you can experience a massage, an ancient thermal bath, and himalayan salt ritual. The AIRE Ancient Baths, located in the heart of Tribeca, offer a tranquil repose from the city in the Roman, Greek, and Ottoman tradition of setting baths at different temperatures. Give you and your love the gift of serenity with one of their combination of experiences.

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Dear Irving
55 Irving Place, Manhattan

This speakeasy cocktail parlor bursts with different themes— one room golden and gilded, another futuristic, another glittering. You’ll need to make reservations in advance, but this is the place for dressing up and drinking pretty, and to set it apart from most bars, the food is exceptionally good, too.

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Mast Brother’s Chocolate Factory
111 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn

Nothing speaks love like chocolate, and at Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory, you and your love can feed each other delectable pieces of the organic, sustainably sourced sweet while taking a little tour. Learn how it’s made, taste samples and witness the bean-to-bar process while sipping on complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

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56 Beaver Street, Manhattan

Get red and rare with your date at the first fine dining restaurant in America, Delmonico’s. This upscale steakhouse has been open since 1837, coining a variety of American dishes like Baked Alaska, Eggs Benedict, and Lobster Newberg. Dig into fine dining history and do your date night with all the class and swing of the golden days. We recommend, of course, the steak.

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Le Boudoir
135 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn

Don’t ya just love a secret entrance? Lead your love past a bookshelf and down a hidden flight of stairs into this ornate, rococo-styled Parisian bar for a luxurious cocktail experience. Designed to look like Marie Antoinette’s chambers, the scarlet walls and red velvet booths are just made for setting the mood.

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155 Lafayette Street, Manhattan

Date and gift included. Take your love on a sensuous scent adventure at Perfumarie, where all scents are sampled from unlabeled taps, which include anything from celebrity to designer fragrances— you’ll never know. After you’ve taken turns at each of the 32 different smells, choose your fave together and save the deja-vu aroma of your cute and quirky date.

Elevated Acre
55 Water Street, Manhattan

It’s true — a secret, green getaway in the middle of Manhattan just for you and your one and only. Enter at a semi-hidden escalator set back from the sidewalk on 55 Water Street for some sweet views of the East River and Brooklyn Bridge, a bright green one-acre lawn, paths of Brazilian hardwood and an amphitheater.

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Momofuku Milk Bar
Multiple Locations

These quaintly delectable desserts are exactly the kind of sweet thang you want to be sharing. With luscious cake balls to bite in half and spunky cereal milk soft serve to spoon into each other’s mouths, these treats are sure to sweeten your evening in the cutest, tastiest way possible. For a little taste of everything, try their sampler.

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The Rose Bar
Located in Gramercy Park Hotel | 2 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan

Fulfill your celebrity couple dreams at the Rose Bar, a chic and high-end Victorian cocktail parlor covered in original Andy Warhols and other celebrity art. The velvet curtains, bourbon, and billiards create a mysteriously deluxe and sexy vibe for you and your date to splurge on.

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Le Benardin
155 West 51st Street, between 6th and 7th Ave

Ok, yes, another fancy French restaurant, but four stars from the New York Times without dropping a single one over thirty years might just be the reason you want to treat your date at Le Benardin. Savor the famed and decadent seafood under a stunning 24 foot mural of the sea at a table clothed in classic white, and don’t forget to dress your New York best. (p.s.—they’ve got a veg option).

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Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, Queens

This is the largest outdoor space in the city dedicated to sculptures, so you’ll want to take a long, long stroll arm-in-arm— the multi-media artwork this gem offers is best worth absorbing with your favorite person.

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Nitehawk Cinema
136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn

This dine-in movie date puts an elevated spin on the classic date combo, with a food and drink menu that’s curated and named to match what you’re watching on the big screen. Tickets here.

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