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Best New York First Date Spots

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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
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Published May 15th 2011
If you live in or near New York City, you know that you have a plethora of restaurants, bars, and locations to choose from for a first date. If you just can't make up your mind, however, here are a few suggestions to help you get started. Several different ones have been named, so you should have no trouble finding one that will fit your idea of the perfect first date, whether it's a casual one or one that you want to make certain creates an impression she won't soon forget.

SPiN New York, 48 East 23rd Street

If your first date is going to be a casual "let's have fun and get to know each other" affair, this is the perfect spot. It's actually a table tennis social club, so you and your date can get acquainted over a drink or two and then challenge each other to a ping-pong match. It's a good setting for finding out if you really click, because you'll both be encouraged to relax and let your true personality show through, rather than feeling like you have to be on your "company manners", like you might at a fancy restaurant. If you really want to impress her with your "inside" knowledge, just casually mention that the actress Susan Sarandon is a part-owner of SPiN.

La Esquina

If you want your first date to be memorable for the restaurant you chose, La Esquina at 106 Kenmare Street is the place to pick. The first thing she'll notice is how you have to get into the restaurantódown some stairs, through a kitchen, and along a corridor, lit only by candlelight. From there, she'll be impressed with the menu, the atmosphere (cozy but vibrant, intimate but not stuffy), and just the overall "feel" of the place. It's upscale, but well worth the money.

Empire State Building

You may not really consider this a first-date spot, especially if you're both locals, but part of the fun is viewing it through the eyes of a tourist. Yeah, it may sound a little kitschy, but take a ride up to the observation deck and marvel once again at the magnificence of the New York skyline.

If you're afraid she'll get the wrong idea with all the marriage proposals taking place (this is one of the most popular spots in the world for proposing marriage) don't worry. It'll just add to the ambience and fun. Later, if things work out, your first-date spot just may turn into the proposal site.

New York Harbor Cruise

A good first date includes dinner, dancing, some music, and a nice view. You can find all of these in one place by taking a New York Harbor Cruise. These are perfect year-round first dates, because in warm weather you can stand out on the deck and along the railings while in the colder months you can enjoy the coziness of the glass-walled interiors. If you're worried about being on a cruise with a bunch of rowdy, noisy tourists, don't be. There are several companies that offer harbor cruises, and you can find one that caters more to locals than it does tourists.
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Why? New York City can be very romantic for a first date
When: Whenever you have a date to impress
Where: All over New York's 5 boroughs
Cost: Depends on the activity
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