NYC’s 10 Best Dates for You and Yours

August 10, 2021

Finding a new place to take your partner on a date can be hard, especially during COVID. New York City has a lot to offer, but where do you even begin? Don't worry, the Official team is here to help. Here are the ten best places to take your partner in The Big Apple.

Looking for a new place to take your partner on a date can be hard, especially during COVID, which has developed a second strain. Currently, in NYC, restaurants and other outdoor activities have been allowed to reopen at a 25 percent capacity. Ultimately, this leaves guests to make reservations to ensure safety precautions are being met. But where do you even begin? Don’t worry, the Official team is here to help. Here are the ten best places to take your partner in The Big Apple.

The Williamsburg Bathhouse

When you started dating your partner, you may have come up with a list of questions to ask on your date to make sure that they are worth your time. They may have included ones like “Where do you work?”, “Where do you see yourself in five years?”, or even “Do you see yourself getting married and having kids someday?” These questions, although helpful in getting to know your potential partner, are also helpful to continue during your relationship.

This does not mean asking the usual questions like “How was your day?” or even “What’s on the menu for dinner?” They are just too mundane for 20 questions. You must be strategic. Even asking questions like, “If we were together, where would you want to go on a date?”, can be helpful to start thinking about your similar interests in trying something new or remembering the things you love to do with your partner. (Official, of course, can help you out with planning those future dates.) It’s all about getting to know your partner better because let’s face it, there is always something new to learn every day.

If you need help coming up with questions, check out Gottman Card Decks. Trust me, they're helpful

Angel’s Share

Angel’s Share is a neo-speakeasy tucked away inside a second-story Japanese restaurant. The generally inventive menu features Japanese-style drinks and creative spins on classic cocktails. You and your partner can expect to be invited for heated outdoor dining for cocktails and food. If sitting outside is not an option for you, don’t worry, the cocktails are on the to-go menu as well, both hot and canned.

Sushi On Me

Although their doors are currently closed for the best dining experience, delivery and take-out are still an option from Tuesday to Saturday during their hours of operation. With an amazing mix of mouth-watering sushi and delicious drinks, Sushi On Me aims to please its customers with handmade omakase cuisine and amazing service.

Paint & Sip Studio

What better way to spend your evening with bae than at Paint & Sip Studio. With a drink in one hand and a paintbrush in another, you and your partner will be guided on Zoom Live or prerecorded classes through a step-by-step tutorial on how to create a featured painting. Whether you are a beginner or aficionado, this is a fun way to have a stress-free chance to create a painting you can be proud of.

The Regency Bar & Grill

Known for its Power Breakfast, The Regency Bar & Grill offers you a taste of NYC by introducing curated flavors that make up the city we have come to know and love. With its refined bar and grill, excellent food, and exceptional service, it’ll leave you coming back for more. Be sure to make your reservation!

Patent Pending

Hidden behind a secret accordion door, Patent Pending is an intimate speakeasy offering coffee, cocktails, and small bites. Take your time, dial 4927# into the security pad, and enter a world of art, science, and boozy beverages.

Currently, Patent Pending has altered its service to outdoor seating, delivery, and takeout, with outdoor seating being first-come, first-serve. So make sure to make your reservations.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL)

If you are a lover of all things books and adventure, look no further. New York Public Library’s largest circulating branch has partially opened, with the option to grab and go with a new book or two. The best part is, it’s free.

Clinton St Baking Company

With inspiration from places like the American South, coastal New England, Jewish New York, and the Spanish cooks who bring their culinary traditions from Mexico and the Southwest, it is no wonder why Clinton St Baking Co. is an American classic. Known for their extensive breakfast and brunch menu, guests can expect to be served anything from raspberry jam to the habanero hot sauce, made in-house with the longtime New York diners in mind. The best part is, breakfast is served all day and night. Currently, Clinton St is open every day for takeout and delivery during their hours of operation.  

So what are you waiting for? Grab your special someone and enjoy this delicious food. It’s truly worth the hype.

That Witch Ales You

Witch’s Brew has turned a new leaf. With small-batch brews like Ginger Ipa, Lychee Red, Coconut Potion, and Jack-O-Langka, Witch’s Ale is here to serve you with a funky new twist on beer. Not to mention a small assortment of snacks to accompany each one to a T. Don’t be afraid to try them all in their shelter back patio seating!

William Vale Rink

Vale Rink puts Rockefeller Center in its place as it doesn’t require water or electricity to function. This Swiss-engineered synthetic rink will allow you and your partner a chance to show off your moves all year round while gazing over the iconic views of the Manhattan skyline. Note that sessions are limited to 10 guests each time slot, and all guests, skating or observing, must be ticketed.

So what are you waiting for? Go and upgrade your skills on this romantic rooftop skating rendezvous.

No matter where you go, there is always a new adventure that awaits you! Take pictures and make memories. Don’t be afraid to do what it takes to become official!

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Emilia Rivera

My name is Emilia and I am one of the Blog writers here at Official. Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved everything about words from the stories it creates to the alternate universe escape.