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Best of New York 2015 • Fun

Best of New York 2015

Best First-Date Bar

  • La Bodega 47 Social Club

    161 Lenox Ave., at 118th St.; 212-280-4700

    As its name implies, this vibrant little spot takes its aesthetic inspiration from the classic bodega: Note the bathroom door, plastered with boxes of Fruity Pebbles, and “lampshades” made from tins of La Morena pickled jalapeños. But the vibe’s sexier than that of your corner store, with a dark-red color palette and low lighting. At the winding, 14-seat bar, peppy staffers pour some 120 varietals of rum. Perch on a burlap-sack-upholstered bar stool and order a classic daiquiri ($12) made with piloncillo, the unrefined sugar from Central America.

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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).