t goes without saying that New York City is one of the most magical places in the world. But because there is so much to do and see, the thought of picking out a cozy spot for a night out on the town can be daunting. Fortunately for you, we’ve done the homework. So whether you’re trying to swoon your future bae or looking to have a dreamy day with your main squeeze, here are our favorite date-worthy spots in the city:
Rockwood Music Hall
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“I love live music and every type of it, so I often head to Rockwood Music Hall when I’m looking for a fun night. This Lower East Side neighborhood gem is pretty awesome as they have three different stages! The rooms are on the smaller side so you have more of an intimate experience and never feel lost in the crowd.” —Rockette Lauren G.
[Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen St., 212.477.4155]
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“I found this gem over Christmas and fell in love with the concept of the restaurant. The menu is constantly changing as famous chefs from around the world are featured seasonally. The one thing you can always expect is that your meal will be delicious!” —Rockette Karen R.
[Chef’s Club, 275 Mulberry St., 212.941.1100]
The Dead Rabbit
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“This is hands down my favorite cocktail bar in the city! The dark, woodsy vibe, cozy tables, amazing staff, and the delicious cocktails make this place a must! Also, the food is top-notch—you’re sure to leave this place feeling happy and satisfied.” —Rockette Tiffany G.
[The Dead Rabbit, 30 Water St., 646.422.7906]
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“Tucked in between storage facilities, this Brooklyn neighborhood charmer is the perfect place if you’re looking to sit and talk for hours. Between the cozy yet eclectic atmosphere and the delicious cocktails and drool-worthy macaroni and cheese, this spot is definitely worth the train ride.” —Rockette Allyson K.
[Dirty Precious, 317 3rd Ave.; Brooklyn, 646.685.4481]
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“If you want a classy night out on the town, this is your go-to spot! Formerly the private office and salon of 1920s businessman, John W. Campbell, this amazing space, hidden in Grand Central Station, is fully restored to its glory serving up delicious artisanal plates and fancy cocktails. Just be sure to wear proper attire!” —Rockette Lindsay H.
[The Campbell Bar, 15 Vanderbilt Ave., 212.953.0409]
The North River Lobster Company
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“Delicious food, a boat ride and killer views of the Manhattan skyline … sounds pretty romantic, right?! Passengers board the part-fish shack part-boat at Pier 81 and re-dock after 45 minutes, but you can stay on as long as your lobster-loving heart desires.” —Rockette Jessica C.
[North River Lobster Company, Pier 81 W. 41st St., 212.630.8831]
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“I’m all about rooftops where you can see the beautiful skylines and this Australian tavern is a perfect spot if you’re looking for one-of-a-kind cocktails and an epic view! The atmosphere has a casual vibe, but it’s still cozy and romantic enough for a first, second or one-thousandth date.” —Rockette Audrey T.
[Northern Territory, 12 Franklin St.; Brooklyn, 347.689.4065]