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Best of New York 2012 • Fun

Best Third Date

  • Maison Premiere

    298 Bedford Ave., nr. S. 1st St., Williamsburg; 347-335-0446

    If seduction is your goal, the year-old New Orleans–style boîte Maison Premiere is your destination. The patinated walls and antiquated fixtures conjure an era of bursting bodices, the selection of 30-plus varieties of oysters on the half-shell are sweet and tender complements to a low-lit evening whether or not you believe in their aphrodisiac powers, and the 27 absinthes—served drip style with cold water and a sugar cube—are potent enough to conquer any final inhibitions.

From the 2012 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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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).