photo credit: Alex Staniloff

Borrachito exterior with people ordering from a takeout window and standing around high top table seating on the sidewalk out front


East Village

$$$$Perfect For:First/Early in the Game Dates

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There are plenty of dive bars in Alphabet City, but the Garret isn’t one of them. So if you’re around Avenue A and you’re looking for a first-date spot or a place to get a good cocktail, come here. It’s nice inside, but it isn’t uptight, and it feels like the little bar/lounge area of a restaurant that you’d find on the roof of some hotel.

Borrachito / The Garret empty interior with bar stool seating on the left and booth seating on the right

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East Village

Death & Co. feels like it was built just for us. The drink list is ridiculous…it’s nearly impossible to settle on something because each beverage is intriguing and awesome. And thankfully the food doesn’t suck either.

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Lovers of Today is a casual little cocktail bar down a set of stairs in the East Village, and it’s the perfect place to meet your Tinder date.

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There are two Garrets in the city, and the one on the west side is a speakeasy above a Five Guys. It’s a cool space, but expect a crowd and top-40.

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