Best Date Night Spots on the Upper East Side
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Best Date Night Spots on the Upper East Side

MANHATTAN – Getting cozy with a special someone— or getting to know a potential new match— takes the perfect atmosphere and ambiance. Thankfully, the Upper East Side is home to some of the most lively and romantic restaurants in New York City. Whether you’re on a first date, fifth date, or spending the night out on your wedding anniversary there’s a spot in our neighborhood for you. 

First Date Spots

Who’s Jac W?

Second Avenue between East 84th and 85th Streets

Who's Jac W? is located on Second Avenue between East 83rd and 84th Streets
Who’s Jac W? is located on Second Avenue between East 83rd and 84th Streets/Elizabeth Blasi for Upper East Site

Looking to break the ice on a first date? The creative names and unique dishes at Who’s Jac W? will surely be a conversation starter. 

Inside Who's Jac W? on Second Avenue between East 83rd and 84th Streets
Inside Who’s Jac W? on Second Avenue between East 83rd and 84th Streets/Elizabeth Blasi for Upper East Site

Between their long list of beers on tap and innovative cocktails, such as the Pimm Fizz and the Mexican Hot Chocolate Patron, there’s bound to be a drink you both enjoy. If the date is going well, opt for one of their unique appetizers or sides, like the Flamin’ Hot Cheeto broccoli and share your thoughts together. 

Stella & Fly

First Avenue between East 88th and 89th Streets

Stella & Fly on First Avenue between East 88th and 89th Streets/Upper East Site
Stella & Fly on First Avenue between East 88th and 89th Streets/Upper East Site

Lively yet intimate at the same time, Stella & Fly is a wonderful spot for a first date. This charming coffee shop turned bar after work hours are done, is both cozy and romantic. 

Grab a cozy table for your first date at Stella & Fly
Grab a cozy table for your first date at Stella & Fly/Elizabeth Blasi for Upper East Site

Order the best espresso martinis in the neighborhood, enjoy live music on Wednesdays and Fridays, and try your hand at trivia on Monday. 

Biddy’s Pub

East 91st Street near Second Avenues

Biddy's Pub on 91st street near Second Avenue/Upper East Site
Biddy’s Pub on 91st street near Second Avenue/Upper East Site

Looking to see how competitive or your date can be? Bring them to Biddy’s Pub. With bingo night on Wednesday and trivia on Thursdays, you have your pick at fun game nights to help cut the awkwardness on a first date. 

Cocktail Date Night

Munchies Korner

Third Avenue at East 85th Street 

Munchies Korner is located on Third Avenue at East 85th Street
Munchies Korner is located on Third Avenue at East 85th Street/Upper East Site

An extension of neighboring restaurant Jaques Brasserie, Munchies Corner is lit with warm, romantic lighting and has notably one of the neighborhood’s best cocktail lists. 

Munchies Korner is located on Third Avenue at East 85th Street
Munchies Korner is located on Third Avenue at East 85th Street/Elizabeth Blasi for Upper East Site

Not only are drink name’s enough to set the mood, like Sexy Time, Quickie, and Naughty Butterfly, ambiance screams romantic. Sit at the bar, or enjoy a table in a Private Korner— which is also the name of a specialty cocktail.  

UES.

Second Avenue between East 88th and 89th Streets

The UES. is a speakeasy hidden behind an ice cream parlor
The UES. is a speakeasy hidden behind an ice cream parlor/Upper East Site

If you think your date night at UES. is sharing an ice cream cone, think again! This romantic speakeasy is a gilded, romantic paradise hidden behind the walls of an ice cream parlor. If you’re a fan of innovative cocktails, this bar is for you. 

The UES. is a speakeasy hidden behind an ice cream parlor/Upper East Site
The UES. is a speakeasy hidden behind an ice cream parlor/Upper East Site

Unique to the neighborhood, each cocktail is named after a UES namesake. Whether it’s ‘Gossip Girl on the East,’ or ‘I Left My Heart in Yorkville,’ you and your date will have plenty to talk about. This speakeasy is reservation only, and is recommended to make a week in advance. 

Keys and Heels 

Second Avenue between East 77th and 78th Streets

Keys & Heels speakeasy is disguised as a locksmith-shoe repair shop/Upper East Site
Keys & Heels speakeasy is disguised as a locksmith-shoe repair shop/Upper East Site

One of the newest bars opened in our neighborhood, Keys and Heels is a speakeasy hidden behind a shoe and key repair shop on Second Avenue. This small but intimate spot brings you and your date close as you share velvet benches around small round tables. 

Inside the Upper East Side's newest speakeasy Keys & Heels on Second Avenue
Inside the Upper East Side’s newest speakeasy Keys & Heels on Second Avenue

The mood lighting and creative cocktails make for a great date night out. While they do take walk-ins, it’s recommended to try and fill one of their reservation spots— as walk-in lines can be long.

Romantic Dinner Date

Botte UES

First Avenue between East 83rd and 84th Streets

An intimate restaurant, Botte is the perfect location for a date night out. Here you can enjoy one of the neighborhood’s most romantic spaces without breaking the bank.

Botte UES is located on First Avenue between East 83rd and 84th Street/Upper East Site
Botte UES is located on First Avenue between East 83rd and 84th Street/Upper East Site

As elaborate or casual as you want to make your night, you and your date can enjoy a pizza-pie over a glass or wine, or opt for lamb chops and a branzino. 

Quality Eats

Second Avenue at East 78th Street

Quality Eats on Second Avenue at East 78th Street
Quality Eats on Second Avenue at East 78th Street/Elizabeth Blasi for Upper East Site

With the weather getting warmer, it’s time to start outdoor dining again. This is where Quality Eats truly shines! Cozy and intimate booths lined along their outdoor dining space, couples can feel like they’re dining alone while enjoying some of the best food in the Upper East Side. 

Quality Eats on Second Avenue at East 78th Street
Quality Eats on Second Avenue at East 78th Street/Elizabeth Blasi for Upper East Site

Sample their raw bar or try one of the best steaks north of 59th street. While you wait for your table, Quality Eats has one of the most beautiful bars to set the evening off to a great start.

Felice 64 & Felice 83

First Avenue at East 64th Street, First Avenue at East 83rd Street  

With two locations on the Upper East Side, Felice 64 and Felice 83 offer an elevated Italian restaurant that brings romance to the next level. 

Felice 64 at the corner of East 64th Street and First Avenue/Upper East Site
Felice 64 at the corner of East 64th Street and First Avenue/Upper East Site

With every detail, Felice has set the stage for an elegant night out. Enjoy a famous Aperol spritz, share a burrata and talk softly over candlelight. 

Felice is a great place for a romantic dinner date on the UES
Felice 83 is a great place for a romantic dinner date on the UES/Elizabeth Blasi for Upper East Site

With a date night at any of these joints, you’re sure to have a romantic or fun atmosphere to help make sure you and your date have a wonderful evening. 

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