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Spring Fever Series: On The Waterfront

by Sabrina Cohen

As the weather warms, millions will be coming out of hibernation with rampant enthusiasm, skimpier clothes, and bodies they’ve been working all winter to flaunt! Though it’s not quite beach season yet, we encourage you to get out and into the spirit with these NYC waterfront date spots.

  1.  The Boat Basin Café is one of my favorites! This casual, unpretentious restaurant on New York’s Upper West Side is the perfect spot to unwind after work or over the weekend. Outdoor tables overlook the Hudson River, so you and your date can enjoy a meal while marveling at the sailboats nestled dockside at the Marina. We recommend arriving just in time for sunset. Just walk towards the water on 79th street—this gem’s hidden underneath the highway!
  2. Just 10 blocks south is the Pier i Cafe. Open-air seating offers unobstructed views of the river and all the eye candy passing by. Chillax with freshly squeezed blueberry lemonade, sangria, draft beer, or perhaps something from the coffee bar for you early risers. The menu boasts fresh ingredients and something for everyone, any time of day.
  3. Even further down NY’s west side, is The Frying Pan, a salvaged lightship serving beers, burgers, and a slice of seafaring history. One of only 13 remaining lightships, the Frying Pan now sits at Chelsea’s Pier 66 and often plays host to live music, parties, and even the occasional “sea sick” passenger. Arrive early for a good seat on the deck, enjoy the sunset, and perhaps find someone aboard to take back on dry land.

Are you a fan of waterfront dating? Share your favorite spots with us below!

Sabrina Cohen is a blogger, copywriter, and creative consultant for MarketSmiths.com.

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Spring Fever Series: Beer Gardens Part 2

by Sabrina Cohen

Beer garden buffs will be interested to know that this beautiful tradition began in 19th century Germany. Though now a worldwide phenomenon, Germany still holds the trophy for the largest traditional beer garden in existence—Hirschgarten in Munich seats a whopping 8,000! Here are some more local selections to check out as the weather warms up.

The Beekman Beer Garden promises to be up and running in several weeks following damage from Hurricane Sandy. Located at Pier 17, the beautiful views of the Brooklyn Bridge are pretty hard to beat. Play some pool overlooking the East River, or slip off your shoes and enjoy the sand at your feet as you mix and mingle. If the water’s edge proves too chilly, heat up on the couches by the fire pit!

Greenwood Park is 13,000 square feet of fun. With 25 beers on tap, bocce ball courts, and happy hour from noon-7pm M-F, this former gas station/auto body shop is worth a trip to Brooklyn. It’s a family-friendly space by day—it is in Park Slope after all—but it’s strictly 21+ after 4PM. Heat lamps warm things up on crisp nights, while the indoor bar boasts large screen TVs and a fireplace.

At 30,000 square feet, The Garden @ Studio Square is beyond impressive. As part of a larger event complex in Long Island City, choose from your pick of six bars, two covered open-air seating sections, and of course, the cobblestone courtyard—where hand-crafted picnic tables beckon. Check their calendar for special events!

What’s your favorite thing about beer gardens? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Sabrina Cohen is a blogger, copywriter, and creative consultant for MarketSmiths.com.

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Spring Fever Series: Upscale Rooftop Bars in NYC

By Sabrina Cohen

At long last, spring has officially sprung! The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and singles are prowling. Celebrate the onset of the unofficial mating season by heading to one of these swanky rooftop spots for your next MeetMoi matchup. Stay tuned for more date spots to honor all things spring!

  1. For those who say size matters, 230 Fifth hails as New York’s largest rooftop garden. The massive 22,000 square foot space juxtaposes impeccably pruned greenery and warm wood benches against a sea of concrete skyscrapers. Tropical charm ensues as you sip your coconut pineapple martini under the stars, high above the hustle-and-bustle. If it happens to get chilly, grab a complimentary red robe and cozy up with your date under a space heater, or head inside to the Penthouse Lounge.
  2. The Press Lounge is 8,500 square feet of sophisticated swank sitting atop the Ink48 Hotel. With its unobstructed 360° views, slick Miami-inspired design, and notable wine list, it’s no surprise this space has won its share of awards. Win some accolades with your date as you share sprawling views of the Hudson over seasonal small plates and classically refined cocktails. If this place doesn’t ignite the romance, nothing will.
  3. Going Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel means being transported to an urban oasis with eye-popping panoramic views of Manhattan. Enjoy bites like baby lamb lollipops and drinks like The Chrysler—made with the finest honey, fresh lemon and lime, and topped with a little French love juice (aka champagne)! Upstairs brings the living room vibe outdoors with neo-gothic furniture and a refreshingly anti-patio sophistication.

What will you do to nurse your spring fever? Share with us below!

Sabrina Cohen is a blogger, copywriter, and creative consultant for MarketSmiths.com.

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