Italian-ish restaurant built for sharing; crowded MePa bar; a pre-nightcap stroll through Central Park...
Hmm, seems as though your romance playbook could use a dusting.
Line up your top 5 prospects: we're counting down the 5 best places to take your first dates right now.
5. Old-School Class: The Bar at The NoMad Hotel
Just sit back and sip. The leather, dark mahogany, and carved elephants in this (new) old New York bar will do the rest. No need to go all out on a NoMad dinner for a first date, as the handcrafted cocktails here do more than enough to set the scene. And if you get hungry, try the buttered radishes and beef tartare.
1170 Broadway (W. 27th St.), NoMad (212-253-5410)
4. Why Not Weimar? The Neue Gallery
This private gallery is housed in a turn-of-the-century beaux arts-style mansion that's just elegant as hell, showcasing early 20th-century German and Austrian art and design. And even if she hates art, she might still dig the A.E. Cochert jewelry in the downstairs shop — but save buying it for the third date.
1048 5th Ave. (E. 86th St.), Upper East Side (212-628-6200). $20 admission.
3. Go Brooklyn: The Narrows
The excellent cocktails at this quaint, intimate Bushwick joint are hardly a splurge, and you can even tuck into some rabbit gnocchi or an after-hours patty melt if you have had one too many. And if you're in Brooklyn already, one of you probably lives nearby, so it's only a short arm-in-arm stumble home.
1037 Flushing Ave. (Morgan Ave.), Bushwick
2. Do a Rail: QueensWay
This 3.5-mile expanse — a grittily beautiful LIRR railroad track that's been abandoned for over 50 years — stretches from Ozone Park to Rego Park, an unretouched Queens version of the High Line that is almost entirely untrafficked by, well, anyone. Seriously, though, pack hiking boots in that picnic basket.
Starting point (roughly) here
1. How Her Garden Grows: Wave Hill
If the Queensway isn't her scene, forget the Cloisters. This criminally lesser-known English-style garden in the outer reaches of the Bronx is like a mini-getaway spread over a 28-acre estate (pictured). Head to the Kerlin Overlook for ridiculously amazing views of the Hudson.
675 W 252nd St. (Independence Ave.), Riverdale. $8 admission.