Best date spots: Meatpacking District
Tue May 24 2011
Photograph: Roxanna Marroquin
The High Line
Milk, cookies and the High Line
Show your date you're a kid at heart with a classic snack at Ronnybrook Milk Bar (Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave between 15th and 16th Sts; 212-741-6455). Order a pair of cookies and a tumbler of whole, skim, chocolate- or coffee-flavored milk—or indulge in ice-cream sandwiches. Postsnack, meander along The High Line (thehighline.org). On Tuesdays from dusk until 9:30pm, you can join the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York (aaa.org/highline)—what better way to see if love is in the stars?
Stop into Provenal restaurant Paradou (8 Little W 12th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves; 212-463-8345, paradounyc.com) for a little wining and dining that feels miles away from the usual bridge-and-tunnel crush of the MPD. The fantastical garden out back twinkles with lights—a warm, magical setting for a romantic evening. Even better, Paradou has been running an occasional Tuesday-night deal (call ahead to see if it's on): Make a reservation by phone or online and mention the code "Wall Street," and you'll receive a complimentary bottle of vino.
Ajna Bar (25 Little W 12th St between Ninth Ave and Washington St; 646-416-6002, ajnabarnyc.com) may forever be known to the locals as Buddha Bar, but regardless of what you call this place, it will be a feast—for your eyes and your bellies. A long hallway lined with golden Buddhas gives way to a colorful Asian-inspired room, complete with a giant skylight and glass floor. The decor isn't the only excess: Entres are served family-style, so bring your appetite and see which of you has more staying power. One former TONY single, Lisa, picked this as her favorite first date spot "for the sexy, trendy, spiritual ambience and eclectic music."