If there are two things I love in the Springtime, it’s Paris and love.
And when I say love, I mean dating.
And when I say dating, I mean Tinder.
While it’s never a bad time to start swiping, as soon as the days start getting longer and the layers of clothing begin to shed, everyone seems to be a bit extra hungry for love — or at least for some lovin’. Well, now that May has finally come and your seasonal depression has thankfully gone missing, I think it’s about time for you to get back into the swing of dating with some Springtime Dating!
One of the best parts of warm weather dating is getting to do it outside. Eating and drinking, that is. Why does food taste so much better when eaten outdoors? Why does a crisp glass of rose taste like heaven on a garden patio? We’ll never know. It’s just one of life’s great mysteries like Where do all my hair elastics go? But now that spring has sprung, our favorite restaurants and bars have opened up their gardens, sidewalks, and roofs — and your dates in turn just got that much more exciting and special. Not only does everything taste better, but you both feel sexier! Your skin will sparkle in the sunshine and glow in the moonlight, and as the cool springtime breeze ruffles your hair it’s the perfect moment for that first kiss. Here are our top 5 Tinder Springtime Date Ideas!
1. Grand Banks on Pier 25
Having grown up on Cape Cod I still long for the days of whale watches, crisp salty ocean air, and being able to enjoy the freshest seafood right on the water. Well, little did I know, I only had to venture downtown to Hudson River Park’s coolest new restaurant and bar Grand Banks to replicate my New England nautical experience. Voted “Best Outdoor Dining in NYC” by the Village Voice, this floating oyster bar atop a huge wooden schooner is an excellent warm weather date idea either for a casual after work meetup or later in the evening for a more intimate connection. Grand Banks offers some of the finest oysters and lobster rolls in the area, specially crafted maritime-inspired cocktails, and the very best views on the island of Manhattan. While the two of you won’t actually set a sail, don’t be afraid to “rock the boat” as there may be some serious undulation. So make sure to dress more on the casual side and avoid altogether if your date has a weak stomach.
Pier 25, Hudson River Park, N Moore St, New York, NY
2. Mission Cantina
Some people say it’s impossible to find real, quality Mexican food in this city. To those people, I say you just haven’t looked hard enough. If you and your date are more hip than square and prefer high-quality cuisine, an unpretentious vibe, and a trendy and colorful backdrop, you’ve got to go to Mission Cantina. The baby of well-respected chef Danny Bowien, this open and airy Soho spot serves up some of the best Mexican food you’ve ever had with an atmosphere reminiscent of the Bay Area. If you’re lucky enough, be sure to grab one of their coveted outdoor seats for brunch or dinner. The Guacamole and Chicharones are to die for, and I promise that you’ll never be able to even look at a Chipotle after you’ve had their burrito!
172 Orchard Street, New York, NY
3. The Farm on Adderley
If you and your date are Brooklynites (or at least enthusiasts,) appreciate organic farm to table fare, and want to enjoy a light and seasonally fresh brunch or dinner in a picturesque backyard garden, The Farm on Adderley in Ditmas Park is a rustic and hip find that has everything your little hippy loving hearts desire. While the menu is notably healthful, there’s so scrimping on taste or satiability. Brunch/Lunch favorites include Chicken Schnitzel and the Farm Burger while Dinner standouts include Pan Roasted Monkfish and the Pearl Barley Risotto. And location being everything, dining in their quaint little backyard garden will make you both forget you actually live in a big city.
1108 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY
4. Night of Joy
A few years back when I was a trendy Greenpointer, my absolute favorite rooftop bar was Night of Joy, and it’s one of the few places that will get me to make the trek across the river today. Located right off the BQE, it may not be much to look at from the outside, but as they say — it’s what’s inside (or on the roof!) that counts. This particular rooftop isn’t pretentious or stuffy like many of its Manhattan counterparts, and the stunning view coupled with the warm glow of string lights above create a casual but truly sexy vibe. Stop by with your date after work for a killer $6 cocktail Happy Hour, or a bit later for a more raucous crowd. Make sure to get there early to snatch up a table as it’s sure to get crowded, especially on the weekends. And with good reason — these bartenders are the best in the borough! Personal cocktail favorites include the Basil Lime Gin Gimlet and the Jalapeno and Black Currant Tequila. It’s sure to be a night of joy for the two you!
667 Lorimer St, New York, NY
5. Gallow Green
If you’re a fan of the McKittrick Hotel (like me) you know that everything it offers is smart, sensual, and truly unique. Sleep no More is one of the best pieces of immersive theater in the entire city, their jazz inspired Manderley Bar is second to none, and Gallow Green, their phenomenal rooftop bar and restaurant, will awaken all of your senses and become a favorite date spot for this Springtime and beyond. The second you step foot onto their rooftop, you enter a lush and ethereal “forest-garden,” which is unlike anything you’ll ever find out in the urban jungle of Manhattan. Brunch is between 11:30am and 4pm and includes live music, an unlimited and delectable buffet, one mimosa, and all the coffee and fresh juice you can consume. All for…get this — $39! Truly a steal. If you and your date are simply looking for a weekend mid-day specialty cocktail, this is the perfect choice. Who says you have to visit Central Park to enjoy some nature?!
542 W 27th St, New York, NY