Hal Rubenstein's Pick
- Spice Market
403 West 13th Street, 212-675-2322
The Asian fantasia’s subterranea offers hideaways for the point when someone yells “Get a room.”
Adam Platt's Pick
210 West 10th Street, 212-741-7971
I like the hot dogs; my wife is partial to the butterscotch pudding.
Robin Raisfeld's Pick
- Bao 111
111 Avenue C, 212-254-7773
Where the house cocktail is as spicy as the nouvelle Vietnamese food, the lighting low, and the vibe vaguely illicit.
Rob Patronite's Pick
- The Grocery
288 Smith Street, 718-596-3335
Ask for the coveted corner deuce, a.k.a. “the makeout table.”
Best Hot Date
From the 2004 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).