Like the space, the bar’s cocktail list doesn’t take itself too seriously.
The Nomad Bar — For a first date with a lot of anticipation, The Nomad’s bar is the spot.
Cusp of exclusivity: Maialino — Now that eating long pasta in front of a suitor is an option, share plates of Maialino’s tonnarelli cacio e pepe and spaghetti alla carbonara while enjoying a bottle of wine from the restaurant’s mighty, Italian-leaning wine list.
It’s a wonderful spot to show someone they are special, without it feeling too over the top.
The food can be a pricey, so if money is a factor stick to drinking.
The roomy bar has plenty of seats, but if none are available, head to slim wine bar Bar Veloce just two blocks away.
Spend an evening in Prohibition-era Cuba while getting very drunk.
Note: If someone is traveling to Pier A for a date, hold onto them. Cusp of exclusivity: Racines — Nod to the city of romance with a stop at this Parisian restaurant/wine bar (there’s actually a Racines in Paris, too).
In it for the long haul: Augustine — A special occasion restaurant like most of the ones in the Keith Mc Nally family (Balthazar, The Odeon).
Who knows, maybe get a room upstairs at the renovated Beekman Hotel. First date: Flatiron Lounge — This Jazz Age-themed bar is a pick for a weekday date, when the ambiance is bustling yet not cramped and the music just-right.