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, apothekenyc.com
See below for more of the best first date bars in New York City.
298 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, +1 347 335 0446, maisonpremiere.com
24 Fifth Avenue, +1 212 868 2424, claudettenyc.com
Raines Law Room
48 West 17th Street, raineslawroom.com
20 E 76th Street, +1 212 772 2600, barpleiades.com
24 Harrison Street, +1 212 625 9463, wineisterroir.com
Best Places for Dates in the Hamptons
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, dopolaspiaggia.com
See below for more of the best first date bars in the Hamptons.
East Hampton Grill
99 North Main Street, East Hampton, +1 631 329 6666, easthamptongrill.com
Bay Kitchen Bar
39 Gann Road, East Hampton, +1 631 329 3663, baykitchenbar.com
17 South Edison Street, Montauk, +1 631 668 1465, southedison.com
Topping Rose House
One Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, +1 631 537 0870, toppingrosehouse.com
16 Navy Road, Montauk, +1 631 668 6868, navybeach.com
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