When you think of a first date spot, ITV is probably exactly what you imagine, with dim lighting, lots of wine, and white string lights strung over top of the bar area. Unsurprisingly, about 90% of the crowd here on any given night is staring soul-searchingly into someone else’s eyes. True to wine bar form, pretty much the whole menu is shared small plates, with the most expensive thing on the menu (the grilled short rib, get it) topping out at $18. Unless you want the caviar service, but you should probably save that for at least a third date.
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Bing Bing Dim Sum
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Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant
Come to Manayunk Brewery to get out of the city and drink beer next to a river for a few hours.
The Grand Tavern
Go to The Grand Tavern in Neptune to drink, eat a bunch of appetizers, and hang out on their big patio.
Landmark Americana Tap & Grill
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Blue Corn Restaurant
Blue Corn is a Mexican spot in the Italian Market with solid margaritas and some really great tacos.
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