The Best Places for Dates in Seven Destinations

3rd January 2018 // By Kristen Shirley

Whether it’s your first date or your regular date night, everyone wants to spend an evening at a chic venue with delicious food, inspired cocktails and romantic ambiance. To narrow down the search for the perfect spot, Elite Traveler turned to matchmaker extraordinaire Emily Holmes Hahn and asked for her favorite places to send her clients. With offices in New York, the Hamptons, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, London and Paris, Hahn and her team at LastFirst know both the newest and the best places that encourage sparks to fly. 

Best Places for Dates in New York City


“I think there are few better first date spots in the world than Apotheke, especially in the upcoming snuggling seasons. It’s incredibly intimate and low-lit, with plenty of hidden nooks for getting to know each other properly! The bartenders are top-notch, and can create any cocktail you could imagine. My male clients love the Catcher in the Rye, a soothing honey-chamomile-whiskey mix, and I’m partial myself to The Matador, a tequila-red pepper-cantaloupe blend. You can also just tell the bartender your favorite spirits, or better yet, how you want to feel from your potion, and trust in the master!”

Apotheke is located at 9 Doyers Street, +1 212 406 0400,

See below for more of the best first date bars in New York City.

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Dear Irving

55 Irving Place,

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Maison Premiere

298 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, +1 347 335 0446,

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24 Fifth Avenue, +1 212 868 2424,

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Raines Law Room

48 West 17th Street,

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Bar Pleiades

20 E 76th Street, +1 212 772 2600,

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24 Harrison Street, +1 212 625 9463,

Best Places for Dates in the Hamptons

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Dopo La Spiaggia, Sag Harbor 

“This Gaby Karen and Chef Maurizio Marfoglia gem is my favorite spot in the Hamptons. In this quaint turn-of-the-century harbor-front cottage, you can enjoy your Chianti by the living room fireplace or al fresco on the string-bulb-lit brick patio. The service is warm and attentive, and the food is exquisite. The creamy burrata with vine-ripe tomatoes will make you feel like you’re in Tuscany, but the citrus-y daily fish crudo is so Hamptons —  and both are perfect to share!”

Dopo La Spiaggia is located at 6 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, +1 631 725 7009,

See below for more of the best first date bars in the Hamptons.

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East Hampton Grill

99 North Main Street, East Hampton, +1 631 329 6666,

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Bay Kitchen Bar

39 Gann Road, East Hampton, +1 631 329 3663,

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South Edison

17 South Edison Street, Montauk, +1 631 668 1465,

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Topping Rose House

One Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, +1 631 537 0870,

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Navy Beach

16 Navy Road, Montauk, +1 631 668 6868,

Click through for date ideas in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami.