A local dive-bar can provide a lot more entertainment than a stuffy cocktail joint. Or,when that gets old, you can always play a game of foosball or darts.
The speakeasy is located down an alley and, therefore, tends to be a little quieter than its neighboring East Village bars. —Elizabeth Lilly It's a cute little corner bar right on Washington, so it's easy to get to.
Don't spend more than: on a ton of good, cheap wine —boxes approved. Why she'll like it: It's no ring, but it's indulgent enough for her to brag about to her friends. Goes great with: Romantic dinner at home—and a big bottle of something strong ().
Goes great with: Flowers; think peonies, tulips, or gerbera daisies (), not roses.: You make her dinner, you set the table, you fix her a drink, you do the dishes, you massage her feet, you rinse, you repeat.
Why she'll like it: Cooking for her may or may not be too intimate, but "going for drinks" again may lead to absolutely nothing.
Middle ground: Hit Open for a reservation at a great new restaurant—late seatings should still be available, so you'll have time to loosen up with that drink beforehand.
Also, it's pretty small, so it doesn't get that loud, and you can actually hear your date talk.
—Annie Daly It's a great speakeasy with apothecary-inspired decorations at the end of a hidden street in Chinatown.