The Perfect Date Night in New York: Episode One

June 26, 2012 6:30 PM EDT | By Staff Writer
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Coffee? Cocktails? Now your heart can race *and* your words can slur. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Let's face it: we've all had some really, truly horrendous first dates, and we've all been really, truly horrendous first dates ourselves. The important thing to remember is that, while compatibility is always going to be an issue, so is choosing the environment. Only someone as objectively sexy as Rihanna could boast finding "love in a hopeless place." The rest of us need swanky ones. Every week, we're going to be bringing you a place to eat, and a place to drink afterwards.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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EAT: Sea - Williamsburg, Brooklyn

It's one of those grey, windy days more common to a Seattle April than to a New York City June. Unless you want to be constantly fighting off the doldrums, you're probably going to want to go for a place with a lively interior-- one that shows you know where's hip, hop, and hopping. Head on over to Sea in Williamsburg, a Thai place that offers serviceable takes on Thai standards, ranging from the mediocre to the pretty yummy, all at reasonable prices.

Where this place wins is with its interior: there's a fountain in the middle of the dimly lit restaurant with a giant toy boat in it. There's a well-stocked, beautiful bar with all the chrome-black trappings of a modern interior. When you think Williamsburg, you don't think a place like this. It typically attracts the frattier settlers of the Northside area.

Still, it's enough to get your date talking, one way or another.

DRINK: Manhattan Inn - Greenpoint, Brooklyn

A fifteen-minute walk through the park after your meal finds you at Manhattan Inn, a neighborhood favorite with the young hipsters who opted for the floorspace in Greenpoint over the diminishing returns of North Williamsburg. What Sea had in swank, this place has in quaintness: the wooden interiors, vintage barstools, and man-tickling-ivories in the backroom all speak to the experience that most people think of as being synonymous with Brooklyn.

The bartenders know how to make just about everything here, but we recommend getting their Negronis. When it comes to this sweet-and-manly classic, their pour is just perfect.


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