Everyday, New Yorkers struggle through the hustle of work, deal with absurd finances, and navigate the undulating mess of cars, people and sewer rats—all while trying to find love. Even when a potential match does come along, there’s the challenge of finding the perfect first date spot. It’s no easy task.
Deciding on the perfect first date bar depends upon how the date came about. Did you meet on an online dating site? Did you randomly take someone home at 3 a.m.? Have you been friends for years, and only now decided to take it to the next level? Whatever the circumstances, here are our favorite first date bars.