- 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.
Best Third Date
From the 2012 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).