Last year’s best new date place, Ye’s Apothecary goes a long way in setting the mood for romance. Its subterranean space feels recessed from the busy Lower East Side out on Orchard Street and beyond, it’s appointed in lovely jewel tones and fixed with flattering moody light. Its also a little lower pressure, as you can move “just drinks” to an array of Szechuan tapas, should you wish to extend the evening.
Like NYC’s most romantic bars and restaurants, almost any venue can be a great first date place. Some fledgling love birds flock to fine dining destinations, others eschew formality in favor of divier environs, and plenty are drawn only to the shine of the newest spots on the block. Each of these picks for your first venture out with a promising new pal all have food, drinks, and a little something extra special that might send you soaring toward the horizon.
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