Like the space, the bar’s cocktail list doesn’t take itself too seriously.
The Nomad Bar — For a first date with a lot of anticipation, The Nomad’s bar is the spot.
Cusp of exclusivity: Maialino — Now that eating long pasta in front of a suitor is an option, share plates of Maialino’s tonnarelli cacio e pepe and spaghetti alla carbonara while enjoying a bottle of wine from the restaurant’s mighty, Italian-leaning wine list.
It’s a wonderful spot to show someone they are special, without it feeling too over the top.
The food can be a pricey, so if money is a factor stick to drinking.
Who knows, maybe get a room upstairs at the renovated Beekman Hotel. First date: Flatiron Lounge — This Jazz Age-themed bar is a pick for a weekday date, when the ambiance is bustling yet not cramped and the music just-right.
The staff and environment (and bathroom) here are so fun it will be easy to avoid talking about this budding relationship.