FOR THE DISCO QUEEN
Picture it. You have a slice. She has a slice. Then just before she takes a bite you whisper in her ear: "More ranch?" Or something about how Travolta ate a pie here in bell-bottoms. Your call.
FOR THE RESERVATION FOR 1,000
Sometimes you need a table for two. And sometimes you need a ballroom for 999 friends. If it's the latter then take over this opulent cathedral with chandeliers, gold staircases and, we assume, some handsome blue and red track suits approved by Chas Tenenbaum.
FOR THE THERAPY SESSION
The Departed: based in Boston, however, Scorsese selected this century-old spot in Dumbo for Leo to unload his stress on his blond shrink. So it's great for you to unload your frustrations. By frustrations, we mean how she hogs the covers.
FOR THE CAKE LOVER
Sometimes you simply need a piece of cheesecake. And you will do anything to get it. By anything, we mean go to Brooklyn to get the best slice in New York. Maybe grab an extra one for the trip home.
FOR THE OLD SOUL
Jack Lemmon: movie icon. Delmonicos: steakhouse icon. You: a fan of icons, especially when they serve juicy prime ribs. (Or funny one liners.)
FOR THE QUICK ESCAPE
Sometimes you need a date spot with a quick escape. Hey, blind dates are dangerous. Your move: this cozy Tribeca restaurant where every table is under 2 seconds from the door. Kristen Belle's exit time from Dax Shepard: 1.2 seconds.
FOR THE BOOTH WORTHY DATE
Booths. They're comfortable, made with leather and look damn sexy when you're eating short ribs on them. And this spot has some glorious booth options.
FOR THE BREAK UP SPOT
This movie really pulled at the heart strings. It started with heart break and it started at this bar. Might as well start the "It's not you it's me" convo right here.
FOR THE BEST DEAL IN TOWN
3 things: (1) Ed Burns has graced this establishment with his presence. (2) It's in Tribeca. (3) A juicy sirloin steak will only run you $14. We should have lead with that third one.
FOR THE COSMO SPOT
This SoHo speakeasy is no stranger to the big screen. You might have seen it in Sex and the City or The Adjustment Bureau. More importantly, you might have seen one of their infamous cosmos. And that's all you need to know.
FOR THE SOUTHERN BELLE
This spot is oozing with southern charm. Also, pecan pies, fried chicken and BBQ ribs. As a bonus, you and your plus 1 can eat pancakes til 7am. Midnight brunch is a beautiful thing.
FOR THE WONDERING EYE
Warning: In this charming neighborhood spot, there may (or may not) be some tapas and some European men working that are not tough on the eyes. (Looking at you Diane Lane.) Damn those charming accents.
FOR THE LITTLE ITALY GEM
This century-old watering hole has an impressive resume: Donnie Brasco, The Godfather, The Sopranos. To top it off, Mr. Frank Sinatra graced this place in Contract on Cherry Street. Just watch out for their karaoke nights (or any hired assassins.)
FOR THE SAFE BET
Some dates require a little more risk in the form of champagne sabers, helicopters and the occasional underground arm wrestling match. (And we wish you well on those.) For the safe bet, grab a two top table at this Tribeca spot for a fail safe meal of pâté and vino.
FOR THE CONCERT DATE
On the outside, it looks like an old beaten down red grocery story. On the inside, it's a bass bumping music hall with undiscovered NYC talent. Grab your date and head to the front of the stage. She'll love your electric guitar solo and your yellow Hugo car.
FOR THE QUESO DATE
To be clear, this Brooklyn joint has had a makeover since Mr. Damon set foot in here. The old school Diner has been transformed into a swanky margarita and enchilada powerhouse. To guarantee success, order queso.
FOR CONFESSING YOUR LOVE
"I love you." Saying it can require courage, liquid courage. Enter this SoHo dive. Order a drink, grab a cozy booth and confess your feelings. Make it a double if Kate Hudson is already dating him.
FOR THE SCENE CAUSER
Okay, a deli on date night isn’t ideal. BLTs don’t scream romance. But let’s say your date has a thing for Nora Ephron. Then you have a decent shot at a reenactment of Meg Ryan’s finest scene. Maybe grab the check first.
FOR AFTER PARTY SNACK
On the outside, this looks like a worn down Turkish Kebab House. And that's exactly what it is. But if the Turks know one thing it's kebabs. Our recommendation: get it to go with extra napkins.
FOR THE PIT STOP
At this French bistro, Sonny (Sandler) asks if Julian can use the bathroom. He gets a no but Julian uses the side door as his personal restroom. The door is now hidden behind garbage containers . . . probably a smart idea.
FOR THE TASTE OF PARIS
Let us rattle off the Parisian deliciousness you'll find here: Duck Shepperd's Pie, ramos gin fizz, seafood towers, chocolate bread. Yes, that's chocolate and bread together as last. Mr. Smith knew what he was doing.
FOR THE CASUAL DATE
Nothing says "I want to be more than friends" like a casually chic lunch spot with hot Cuban sandwiches. And if that special friend isn't interested, well, you always have the Mexican Firing Squad cocktail. It involves tequila and, sadly, no Mila Kunis.
FOR THE QUIET NIGHT OUT
Exposed brick walls. A pot-belly stove. Blueberry muffins. Chai tea lattes. A frustrated Vince Vaughn. Yes, this SoHo spot has everything you need for a nice quiet night out. Oh, and they have a full bar. In case you decide you want to make some noise.
FOR THE DOG FRIENDLY DATE
Grab one of the blue tables on the patio. Order up two Cappuccinos and one bowl of water. Then sit back and let your pup's cuteness do its work.
FOR THE LATTE DATE
Listening on a date. It's important. It's essential. It requires coffee. Enter this cozy West Village cafe. Order a cupcake, lean back and start taking mental notes. And if Billy Bob starts moving in on your crush, well, cupcakes are great for throwing.
FOR THE PARTY GIRL
Courtney Love, now that's a girl that's not afraid to have a good time. This east village dive has all the ingredients you need: skee ball, pool and, yes, booze.
FOR THE SEXY BASEMENT SPOT
In the heart of SoHo, you'll find a stairwell that leads to an underground kitchen with communal tables, exposed brick walls, flickering candlelight and large plates of Maine Lobster. Reservations not included.
FOR THE JUKEBOX DATE
The Godfather: Had a meeting here. Crocodile Dundee: Met a working girl here. You: Will select the best jukebox playlist of all time here. Spoiler: It involves John Cougar Mellencamp.
FOR YOUR INNER SWAYZE
Ghost. Dirty Dancing. Point Break. Roadhouse. All reasons you love Mr. Swayze. And that's why you'll love this casual Italian spot. Pour some wine out for our hero PS.
FOR THE LATE NIGHT POOL SHARK
We don't know when and we don't know why but one night you will need a pool table and you'll need it until 4am. Enter this East Village dive. Up next, a late night ping pong pub.
FOR A LITTLE FRENCH CHARM
This low lit French bistro is full of vintage framed art. Translation: it's painfully charming. On top of that, the East Coast Halibut isn't bad either. Your date didn't stand a chance. (Just leave the streamers at home.)
FOR THE MISTRESS BRUNCH
This place is no frills: worn down booths, missing ceiling tiles, an exterior that's worthy of a Denny's. But it's a classic and there's a 99% chance you won't bump into anyone you know. Plus, Leo had some eggs here. That counts for something.
FOR A ROWDY NIGHT OUT
Sophistication. This is something that will not be found at Coyote Ugly. But you will find girls dancing on the bar, shots of Wild Turkey and, just maybe, your own Tyra Banks. Disclaimer: that last one is a little harder than the others.
FOR THE HISTORY BUFF
This isn't a dinner spot, unless you like crackers and cheese. But it is the oldest bar in New York and ideal for a casual post-dinner pint of light or dark. This pub is a risky move for a date but you're a betting man.
FOR THE TRUE ITALIAN
This East Village staple has been slinging red wine and spicy meatballs since 1904. It's the Sistine Chapel of Italian date spots. But with endless garlic bread.
FOR THE EAST VILLAGE ESCAPE
60 years old. East Village. Ukrainian meatballs. A sea of two top tables for your canoodling needs. Michael Cera dropped some one liners here. Yup, that about covers it.
FOR THE WEST VILLAGE CHARMER
With vintage photos on the wall, bartenders in suspenders and a floor covered in checks, this West Village spot is oozing with old school charm. Slide into a red leather banquette and order up a round of wine and veal carpaccio. Then flash your baby blues.
FOR THE BAD MOTHER . . .
Before arriving, toss on your black leather jacket and listen to Isaac Hayes on repeat. Once inside, order two double macchiatos and hit a bad guy with a pool stick. It's how Mr. Roundtree would want it.
FOR THE GAME DAY DATE
If your date wants to add a little ESPN to your one on one time then go with this handsome sports bar. With nice leather booths and a massive oak bar, it looks more like a steakhouse than a sports house. It's ideal for a gameday date assuming your ex won't drop by.
FOR A SLICE OF PIZZA
To be clear: we don't recommend a slice of pizza on a date. But hey, it could happen. Plans change. If so, go with a spot that's been approved by Tobey Maguire (and his dashing red helmet.) Go ahead, toss in a side of Ranch.
FOR THE SUSHI SPOT
Here you can find a quiet table in this Greenwich sushi house outfitted with samurais and geishas. Round up a couple hefty Carmine Rolls and a bottle of sake. It's a no brain-er.
FOR THE ICONIC SLICE OF PIZZA
This Greenwich Village spot is known for having celebs drop by for a pie. It has wooden booths covered in carved initials and peace signs. Tip: you'll want to bring cash.
FOR THE STUDY BUDDY
For a study break with your studious crush, pop into this neighborhood joint off of University for some live jazz and a glass of vino. Nothing gets your mind off law school like a little sax solo.
FOR THE HARDEST TABLE IN TOWN
To get a table here you need to (1) call two months in advance, (2) know the owner Joey, or (3) film a movie here with Catherine Zeta-Jones. It's up to you.
FOR THE VODKA FUELED NIGHT
This spot has changed since Natalie Portman and her fellow dancing friends ate here. Now you'll find a high energy lounge filled with flatscreens, leather banquettes and 20 somethings sipping vodka tonics. Basically, come here if your date is really thirsty.
FOR THE POWER DINING SPOT
Tucked away in Greenwich Village, this power dinner spot is great for date schmoozing, first impression making and rib eye chomping. Make sure you do that last one with your mouth closed.
FOR THE MYSTERY DATE
This event venue served as Mark Wahlberg's bachelor pad in Date Night. For you, it'll be the secret location for your date's mystery dinner. You'll need to rent it out, well, unless you get a table at Claw.
FOR THE COFFEE CRUSH
This West Village barista bar is tiny but damn cute. (And damn perfect for a latte date with your casual crush.) Plus, the tables are tiny so you'll have to get cozy when sharing a scone. Nothing says I'm into you like a chocolate scone.
FOR THE FLING
This Italian spot is overflowing with romance. Brick walls, candles everywhere and Italian accents ringing throughout this place. She'll love it. But what you do the next day is up to you.
FOR THE CUPCAKE DATE
You may have seen Carrie Bradshaw eat her feelings at this West Village cupcake palace. You'll want to slide into this spot for a sugary night cap after a romantic dinner at August or Waverly Inn. For the power move, grab a pint of the banana bread pudding. Vanilla wafers make every walk home better.
FOR THE BYOB DATE
Nestled away in the West Village, this French eatery is inch for inch the most romantic BYOB option in the city. Get here early to claim one of the 17 tables. And grab a bottle of red and white to be safe.
FOR THE 4AM DATE
Dinner turns to drinks. Drinks turn to dancing. Dancing turns to . . . a diner. Or something else. But if it's a diner with Anne Hathaway then here's a trendy Union Square spot that's open 24/7. Spoiler alert: she loved the pancakes.
FOR THE BRUNCH DATE
Cozy. Quiet. Private. All words used to describe this West Village spot. In case dinner turns into brunch, well, they have great mimosas. We hear it's Cher's preferred libation.
FOR FINDING THE ONE
With Christmas lights year round and colored tinsel dangling from the ceiling, this West Village spot isn't fancy. But it's packed with 20 somethings enjoying a margarita fueled dinner. The One just might be the one eating fajitas in the corner.
FOR THE BLOWING OFF STEAM SPOT
This spot worthy of Vin Diesel has the essentials for blowing off a little steam. Over 100 years of beer pouring experience, a history of serving booze during Prohibition and, well, cracked tiles. Again, it opened in 1892.
FOR THE ART COLLECTOR
Inside this old mansion turned members only club you'll find art from Mr. Warhol and a strong dinner menu. But getting a membership, well, that's up to you.
FOR THE BABY DADDY
Sometimes a date ends with an awkward conversation. Saying "I love you", "I break-up" or "I was your sperm donor." If it's the latter, go for this cozy patio spot in the West Village. You'll need the fresh air.
FOR THE ROCK STAR
Book a room here and get three things: (1) access to their beautiful wraparound rooftop bar, (2) a key to Gramercy Park and (3) a table at their sexy Rose Bar. It's like you're touring with Stillwater.
FOR THE REAL LIFE ROM COM
To make a rom-com, you need three things: a guy, a girl and Hugh Grant. Oh, and one cafe where you can talk about your feelings over a pastry. That's where this muffin serving bakery comes in. Good luck with landing the girl (or Grant.)
FOR MEMBERS ONLY
To get into this Meatpacking club, you'll need a membership. Inside you'll be greeted by a rustic dining hall, a Saint Tropez-esque rooftop pool and one hidden photo booth. You're never one to pass up a photo booth.
FOR THE HOTTEST BATHROOM IN NYC
A rooftop with 360 views of the city. A spectacular room with Golden chandeliers and live music. Those don't compare to the community bathrooms with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Manhattan. (Yes, we are really talking about the bathrooms.)
FOR THE FAMILY MAN
Meet Jamo. He is the grandson of Peter McManus and he'll be your barkeep for the evening. You and your date will be rubbing shoulders with firefighters, policemen and a Wahlberg in the oldest family run bar in NYC. (So keep it classy.)
FOR THE SJP TYPE
Carrie & Mr. Big had their engagement party at this massive palace of Asian eats. You and your plus one will snag a table under one of the over-sized chandeliers and let the lobster egg rolls come to you. Mr. Big knew what he was doing.
FOR THE TASTING MENU
5 Courses: lovely. 5 courses served to you by Mario Batali: very lovely. That's exactly how you'll tackle the menu at this Italian power house.
FOR THE HAPPY HOUR DATE
This glorious Chelsea pub has all the requirements for a happy hour date: a breezy patio, 12 cold beers on tap and, obviously, a delicious chili dog. Nothing says "I'm into you" like a chili dog.
FOR THE GET TO KNOW YOU DATE
Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis had their first official date at this bustling cafe across from Grand Central. Hey, if it's good enough for JT then it just makes the cut for you.
FOR THE GRAND CENTRAL EXPERIENCE
Reserving all of Grand Central like Arthur: a little pricey. Reserving a table at MJ's steakhouse inside Grand Central Station: a little more reasonable. Your credit card will thank you.
FOR THE TRUE GENTLEMAN
Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) ordered steak without hash-browns at this old school NYC steakhouse. Also, he was kind enough to leave his axe at home. Do the same - your date will be impressed by your chivalry.
FOR THE FIRST MATE
Cigars. Steaks. Single Malt. Yup, this high brow club is ideal for the nautical type. Sadly, you have to pay extra for the yacht.
FOR THE ROYAL FAMILY
Zamunda: A glorious country. The Waldorf Astoria: A glorious hotel. Both fit for a weekend getaway with a prince, a special date or a McDowell's janitor. Go ahead, get the presidential suite.
FOR THE MISS PIGGY TYPE
Kermit & Miss Piggy, the Romeo & Juliet of hand puppet love. In The Muppets Take Manhattan, Kermit is thrown out of this Italian restaurant by the actual owner when Kermit tries to steal Liza Minnelli's caricature. But you'll want to be on your best behavior for your own Miss Piggy.
Times Square Hot Dog StandAddress: Broadway and Seventh Avenue
FOR THE DATE ON THE RUN
Hot dog stands. They're great for eating on the run. Just in case you and your date have plans. Or in case you need to catch a purse snatcher with some canned goods. Alligator skinned boots optional.
FOR THE ROOFTOP PROPOSAL
A Rooftop. A Garden. A sweeping view of the Empire State Building. Basically, you have a 99% chance of getting a yes from her.
FOR A TASTE OF BEIJING
Mr. Chow. An iconic Chinese establishment where great things happen, like their cooked Beijing duck. And Michael Douglas ordering a drink for Glenn Close. That one worked out well.
FOR THE POWER MOVE
In the 20s, it was a speakeasy. In the 80s, it was Gordon Gekko's steak spot. And today, it's your power move for a crucial first date. Oh, and get the steak tartare - it's Mr. Gekko's favorite.
FOR THE MUSEUM DATE
This Michelin starred dining room is located at the Museum of Modern Art. You'll want to pop in here for some champagne as you discuss Monet, Picasso or your stunning Instagram photos.
FOR THE PAGEANT QUEEN
This Starwood juggernaut is fit for royalty with red carpets, priceless paintings and their famous King Cole Bar. Go for their signature Bloody Mary. Just don't spill it on your date's dress.
FOR THE BLACK TIE DINNER
Caviar. Champagne. Foie Gras. Yep, all on the chef's six course menu. But to get in you'll need to respect their dress code. Your dinner jacket will be thrilled.
FOR THE BROADWAY SHOW DATE
Times Square. Not exactly the most intimate area in town. But hey, it's close to the heart of the theater and your date has a soft spot for chicken pot pie. (It pairs nicely with The Book of Mormon.)
FOR THE FROZEN HOT CHOCOLATE SPOT
Andy Warhol had milkshakes here. Clooney ate a burger here. John Cusack won over Kate Beckinsale here. You'll order two frozen hot chocolates here. Tip: go on a weekday and avoid the two hour wait. (You're not one to wait in lines.)
FOR THE SPORTS GIRL
What you won't find: Tom Cruise shaking a mixer behind the bar. What you will find: a sports bar that's overflowing with pints of Guinness and nachos. Basically, only take your date here if she's wearing a Tyson Chandler jersey.
FOR THE MOVIE DATE
Dinner and a movie. It's classic. It's simple. It's going to involve Junior Mints. Enter this theater worthy of SJP. It's a fail proof plan.
FOR THE SANDWICH LOVER
This Woody Allen classic debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in black and white and it featured this deli. Ever since then this spot has been the Grace Kelly of Sandwich shops in movies with costars like Clooney and Pfeiffer. So pop in and get a BLT or a slice of pie. Your move Schlotzsky's.
FOR THE ART AFICIONADO
Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo: ordered steak here before stealing a Monet. You and your date: will order steak here before stealing a salad fork. (Basically the same thing.)
FOR THE GUYS GIRL
This New York landmark was started by the Russian Imperial Ballet in 1927. Inside you'll find Russian opulence, a massive clock and a plethora of cozy circular booths. Great for, say, a cross dressing coworker.
FOR THE DANCING QUEEN
You're a great dancer. And if not, take lessons, stat. Then toss on a handsome suit, head to this classy establishment and invite your lady on the dance floor. Do the worm at your own risk.
FOR THE THEATER GOER
Located across from the Lincoln Center, this Ritzy hotel bar is perfect for a post-performance champagne cocktail. Or for getting a room.
FOR THE CLOSER
Closing a deal. Sometimes it requires a little help. A bottle of wine. An order of sushi. A shot of sake. A massive dragon on the wall. Hey, every little bit helps.
FOR THE CENTRAL PARK STUNNER
Ghostbusters, Wall Street, Alfie and, yes, The Out of Towners. Just a few of the movies lucky enough to film in this Central Park restaurant. It's spectacular and it's reopening this spring. You should probably call them now.
FOR THE BOOZY NIGHT
Cosmos, Old Fashioneds, champagne. Three great reasons to pop into this iconic Upper East Side bar after dinner. Tip: call ahead to get a table by the jazz band.
FOR THE JAZZ LOVER
We have a secret for you. Tucked away in the Carlye Hotel is a glorious bar with live jazz music pouring out of every corner. And about that secret, come on a night when the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band is playing and you might see Woody Allen performing. We assume he's on the jazz flute.
FOR THE GOSSIP GIRLS
Sometimes you need time. Time to talk with your friends about a potential Mr. Right. That's when you'll head to this Central Park spot overlooking the water. Drink champagne, eat salads and gossip away.
FOR THE AWKWARD DOUBLE DATE
Here are some stats on this Upper West Side treasure: 90 - the # of seats here. 31 - the number of years this cafe has been open. 124 - the number of seconds Harry's awful double date conversation lasted. Also, the number of seconds you need to finish the Butter Poached Lobster.
FOR THE MILKSHAKE STOP
Here is what you will need: Two diner stools. Two striped straws. And one massive strawberry milkshake. Then wash it down with some chocolate chip pancakes . . . just to be safe.
FOR THE EMERGENCY SNACK
24 hours a day this oasis of brats will serve you a hot dog. Consider it your emergency snack spot that will never let you down. Well, assuming they don't run out of ketchup.
FOR THE ELAINE'S LOVER
Ah, Elaine's. The iconic Upper East Side haunt that hosted movie stars, celebs and an intoxicated Woody Allen in the opening scene of Manhattan. It's gone now but in its place is The Writing Room, a stunner with a private room that feels more like an old English study than eatery. Change is best served with hard back books (and calamari.)
FOR THE PATIO SPOT
Tom Hanks. Meg Ryan. They have chemistry and a thing for calamari, we think. Regardless, this patio spot is ideal for an easy date over seafood. Tip: wait til the snow melts to sit outside.
FOR THE PEN PALS
Paris. It's lovely, romantic and not that close to New York City. For the next best thing, try this cozy French spot on the Upper West Side that's good enough for Meg Ryan and Mr. Hanks, the king and queen of rom-coms.
FOR THE DEBAUCHEROUS NIGHT OUT
This 100-year-old Italian spot has been know to accommodate mafioso men, Jordan Belfort and now you. Grab a low lit table, some wine and gnocchi. Maybe hold the ludes.
FOR THE SOUL MAN
Here is our hashtag analysis of this mecca of soul food: #GospelBrunch, #FriedChicken&Grits, #SpikeWasHere, #SylviasSassyWings, #WorldFamousRibs