At this point, Mermaid Inn is pretty much synonymous with solid, not trying-too-hard first date spot. There are lots of small plate options, plenty of drinks to choose from, and a happy hour deal that means you can afford to get a few of both. But take our word for it: you probably don’t look as good eating an oyster as you think you do.
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The Tang is a great spot on the Upper West Side to sit down and grab a casual bowl of noodles.
Levain Bakery on the UWS makes some of the best chocolate chip cookies in the city. You just have to wait for them.
Adwadh is an upscale two-story Indian restaurant on the Upper West Side where can get some Northeast Indian food.
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Pearl Oyster Bar
Almost everything on Pearl Oyster Bar menu is fantastic, but what really keeps us coming back though is the fried oyster sandwich.
ROKC is a restaurant serving ramen and oysters, but this place is all about the cocktails, which get served in lightbulbs and conch shells.
Looking for a unique spot to impress on a First/Early In The Game date? If he or she likes wine and raw fish, Desnuda is your jam.
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Sushi Kaito is a standout sushi restaurant on the Upper West Side, with the choice of either a 12 or 16 piece, omakase-style experience.
Elea is a big Greek restaurant on the Upper West Side that’s perfect for when you want to eat some lamb chops and feel like you’re downtown.
The Owl’s Tail
The Owl’s Tail is a great, casual little cocktail bar on the Upper West Side that feels more or less like someone’s living room.
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