Impromptu date ideas: Where to go with a banker in NYC

MeetMoi is all about introducing you to new and interesting people nearby that you can meet up with in person. This is the fifth in a series of posts to give you hints on where to take your new Intro on an impromptu date. Get more ideas here.

By Brienne Walsh

It’s almost too easy to fall back on stereotypes when deciding where to meet a banker. Where do they like to eat? Steakhouses. What do they drink? Single malt scotch. What do they do on the weekends? Play golf.

But most bankers are more than just alpha males—in fact, given that they’re smart and driven, they’re usually more into adventures than you’d suspect….especially now that so many of them are moving out to Williamsburg. Which is why it was easy for us to put together a list of great places to meet a banker after an Intro on MeetMoi.

1.     The Whiskey Bar, 44 Berry Street, Williamsburg: Located right in the heart of the newly gentrified Brooklyn, this bar, located in the basement of an old tonic factory, has an option for every type of drinker. Whether your date is into bourbon or brewskis—or even white wine—this casual spot features live sports, and the occasional Madonna tune to balance out the male-oriented interior.

2.     The Brooklyn Promenade, Brooklyn Heights: The danger in going out with a banker is that, given his salary, and a taste for expensive things that comes along with it, you might not be able to split the bill at the end of your date. So why not meet him somewhere that doesn’t involve any exchange of money? The Brooklyn Promenade has some of the most spectacular views of the Financial District in the city. If nothing else, you can make conversation by having him point out his office among the sea of buildings across the East River.

3.     Rooftop Films, Citywide: With locations all around Manhattan and Brooklyn, this film series plays underground movies outdoors all summers, for the price of a ticket to a regular movie theater. They’re perfect for the inner film snob in all of the best educated people. If you can, go early, and enjoy the live music before the feature.

4.     Rose Bar, Gramercy Park Hotel: If your date generously offers to buy you a drink before you meet up, you might want to suggest the Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park hotel. Gorgeously appointed—and full of art appealing to a market-driven collector, including paintings by Julian Schnabel and Basquiat—drinks here can cost up to $20. But hey, if your banker is making as much as the media says he does during bonus season…

5.     Barcade, 388 Union Avenue, Williamsburg: This bar has a dual mission, which is to provide customers with a never-ending rotation of American craft beers while at the same time keeping them entertained with classic video games from the 1980s.

6.     Tom & Jerry’s, 288 Elizabeth Street, Noho: Tom & Jerry’s is one of the only dive bars left near the Bowery, now that it’s gotten crowded with boutique hotels and bars that try way, way too hard. Which makes it a great, centrally located spot to meet a laid back date for a round of cheap drinks, and a game of Connect Four—the game, along with many others, is available for free at the bar.

7.     Fat Cat, 75 Christopher Street, West Village: Located in the cavernous basement of a West Village building, this forest of ping pong tables seems to go on forever. Test your date’s mettle—and his manliness—by seeing how he reacts when you beat him at a game. If he seems to like you even more, he’s a winner.

8.     Brooklyn Buschenschank, 320 Court Street, Carroll Gardens: It might seem obvious but most bankers—and, if we’re being honest, most people in general—seem to love a good beer garden. And who wouldn’t, with the large pitchers? One of our underrated favorites is the Brooklyn Buschenschank, which has huge windows that open onto the street. The best part? The kitchen has incredible New York style pizza.

9.     Dive 75, 101 West 75th Street, Upper West Side: Something of an Upper West Side institution—at least amongst frat boys, and the girls who like to date them—this bar actually has a lot going for it despite surface appearances. Just like your average finance dude. Stop in for a drink, and play a game of checkers one of the old boards scattered throughout the room.

10. West Side Rifle & Pistol Range, 20 West 20th Street, Flatiron: For some people, this date might be a warning sign. But for a certain kind of person, it would be badass. Try to have a drink after to see if your banker likes to shoot for fun, or if he’s the kind of guy you wouldn’t want to be alone with in a dark alley.


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