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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.

From the 2015 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine