The Best Date Spots in NYC
February 6 2022·
February 6 2022·
When you live in New York City the options are endless for date night or a fun day out. Now that Scott & I both live in New Jersey, we somehow manage to always find our way back into the city for our Saturday date nights.
One of my friends asked for a few date recommendations since she knows Scott and I always, without fail, have a Saturday night date night. I started texting her restaurant after restaurant with short sentences about my experience and why we love each place.
After getting great feedback, I decided to share a list of my top spots so you too can enjoy our favorite New York City date night spots!
Hands down, our favorite date night spot! This gem is a hidden speak easy in the basement of a restaurant called The Rag Trader. It's a lounge with red velvet tufted seats, dim lights and a man on the piano singing the classics. The food menu is decent for a bar/lounge and what you do eat is delish. ( we usually order the margarita pizza and the fried chicken sliders ) If you are into the cocktails, I promise you will enjoy every sip while you sing your heart out along with the crowd.
*Due to the live music, this is definitely not a place to have deep conversations.
If you love pizza or pasta ( this is a silly question, because duh of course you do ) then you MUST drop everything and go to this Italian restaurant. Hidden in the back of Eataly, you will find our go-to spot for indulging in tons of carbs. It's a super casual spot with no frills. The food does all the talking. We each order our own pizza ( MARGHERITA &CAPRICCIOSA ) and our own bowl of spaghetti ( LO SPAGHETTO AL POMODORO ) and a glass of Sangiovese. Eataly is an Italian market with all goods imported from Italy so this is the closest thing you'll get to eating an authentic Italian meal without the 14 hr flight. After we eat, we always walk through the market to do a little grocery shopping and take home some unique foods and snacks.
*Stop by the dessert bar to take some sweets home with you. The cannolis are life changing.
If you love an upscale, brunch / lunch spot then Laduree needs to be on your list of places to visit! Although this spot is known for their menu of never ending macarons, their selection of brunch and lunch items are extensive and yummy. We usually pop in after a day of shopping -- order a salad, a glass of Champagne and of course, some macarons. During the warm months, you can sit in their beautiful garden in the back with the sun peaking through the tops of the trees. Definitely a moment of elegance.
*Pop in quick and take a box of macarons to go! You can enjoy them at home or bring them as a gift. The box and presentation is gorgeous.
Restoration Hardware is a furniture store so beautiful you willforget that you are, in fact, in a furniture store. In New York City, RH opened a 4 floor location on the corner of 14th street in the Meatpacking District. At the very top, you will find a rooftop restaurant enclosed by glass and filled with tons of greenery and hanging crystal chandeliers. While you wait for your table, you can order a glass of wine at the bar and sip while you walk through the rooms fantasizing about owning furniture this expensive and this beautiful one day.
*The menu has come a long way since the last time we visited, so I'm looking forward to our next reservation!
This Pan-Asian restaurant is a New York City staple with two locations, one uptown and one downtown. I personally feel that Tao Downtown is the location to visit if you want to experience that wow factor. As soon as you turn the corner from the hostess stand, you are instantly impressed with the view of the cascading stairs that lead to the beautiful dining room. I always start the night with a Lychee Martini ( they are heavenly and strong). The food is always delicious ( our favorites are Lobster Fried Rice, Edamame and Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice) and the ambiance has the cool factor. Definitely a place to be seen.
*The Tao Night Club is beneath the restaurant if you're looking to continue the rest of the night with some fun!
This gem is new to our date night list and boy we're so glad we found it! The Thyme Bar is a speakeasy that isn't hard to "get in to" but rather a hidden bar beneath a closed storefront. ( we went to the building next door at first because the storefront looked closed ) You book and pay in advance for a 5 course experience which will leave you tipsy and a little hungry. The cocktails are an experience all in themselves since every drink is presented to you and literally looks like something out of Alice in Wonderland. Every drink is just as strong as they are delicious. The food menu is limited with small but very tasty portions so I would not suggest going hungry but rather go for light bites and cocktails.
*Each additional cocktail after the tasting menu is about $30 which is not priced on the menu. We were a little surprised when we received the bill, however the drinks were outstanding.