- Smith & Mills
71 N. Moore St., nr. Greenwich St.; no phone
The most important quality in a date bar: really great lighting. Smith & Mills’s old Edison bulbs are masterful romance enablers, turning the former carriage house in Tribeca into a classy canoodling den (though landing one of the seven tables can be difficult if you arrive at peak times, usually between 8 and 11 p.m.). The house brews its own ginger beer for the Dark and Stormy, which contains just enough dark rum to get conversation flowing. In case a drink date morphs into an extended dinner, the small-plates menu ranges from a hearty beef stew to ever-aphrodisiacal oysters.
Best Date Spot
From the 2009 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).