No offense to New Jersey, but even the few spots that are right on the water in Manhattan are just looking out on, well, New Jersey. The waterfront in Jersey City, on the other hand, has unimpeded views of the Manhattan skyline, and no place has a better vantage point than Battello. That makes this Italian-leaning spot popular for private events and business dinners, but if you’re not looking to commit to mushroom-crusted wagyu or $36 scallops, it’s also an impressive place to meet someone for drinks and an excellent burger at the bar.
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Satis Bistro is a Mediterranean spot in Jersey City with an attractive space that you should keep in mind for a casual date.
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Fieldtrip is a counter-service spot in Harlem that specializes in rice bowls, and it’s good for something quick and affordable.
A long cocktail list, plenty of shareable plates, and big u-shaped bar make Alameda the place in Greenpoint for date night.
The Shake Shack in FiDi might as well be Goldman Sachs’ company cafeteria because it’s essentially right next door and full of suits eating burgers.
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Manhatta is a prix-fixe restaurant on the 60th floor of a building in FiDi, and an ideal special occasion spot.
Celestine feels like a casual neighborhood restaurant, but this Mediterranean spot is on the water in Dumbo and has excellent views.
City Vineyard is a restaurant and wine bar on the Hudson River in Tribeca, and it’s a great spot to drink wine outside with a group.
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