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Best Date Spot

  • 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.

From the 2009 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine