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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: Beer Gardens Part 1

by Sabrina Cohen

There’s nothing like basking in the spring sun at a wooden picnic table among a sea of friendly faces, while sipping an ice-cold, perfectly brewed beer. Yes, I love beer gardens. Best. Creation. Ever. Perhaps it’s because they recall a combination of fond memories from both college and day camp. Sigh. In keeping with that spirit, here are just a few of NYC’s best beer gardens.

Respect your elders. The Bohemian Hall Beer Garden in Astoria dates back to 1919, making it the oldest beer garden in NYC. It’s long been a local hot spot—enough so, that many Manhattanites actually venture on the train for a visit. The Czech-inspired establishment sports over 800 seats, with plenty of room to spare for wandering the traditional gravel grounds. Live music and festivals are popular, as is the fine selection of brews on tap.

The Standard Biergarten is anything but. Located at the Standard Hotel, in the uber trendy meatpacking district, this place puts a chic spin on the old tradition. It sits beneath a stretch of the newly rebuilt High Line Park overpass, where red stone pavers and exposed brick add casual charm, and the high-gloss wooden tables are candlelit at night for a bit of suggestive romance.

Local West beautified their gritty surroundings by creating an urban beer garden oasis amidst the skyscrapers of Penn Plaza. This 6,000 square foot space boasts 16 international beers and a sufficient menu of eats. It’s the perfect spot to unwind after work. When you’re sufficiently buzzed, the Penn Station is mere steps away.

Are you a fan of beer gardens? Tell us your thought below!

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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Be Adventurous: Where to Go for an Unusual Drink in NYC

By Ella Riley-Adams

First meetings are both exciting and nerve-wracking. In the adult world, that means a strong drink is a first date’s natural accompaniment. “Takes the edge off,” we say to ourselves. But a drink has far more potential, especially in New York City. It can be a taste adventure, conversation starter, and meal enhancer.

As you’re planning your first date (or hell, your second or third), banish the jitters by arranging to meet at one of these interesting bars. Let each cocktail segue into a bigger topic: does your date appreciate taste or smell more? When did she last feel truly happy, and what cocktail would encompass that feeling? Was he ever a bartender, and if so, did he prefer shaking or stirring?

The following list of drinks and bars should inspire both taste sensations and fun date questions:

Robert Johnson Swizzle: Death & Company Flip to the whiskey portion of Death & Co’s lengthy drinks menu. It’s interrupted by a shotgun illustration and a quote: “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk, that will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” (Hemingway, of course.) However, do open your mouth in order to drink this cocktail featuring fresh squeezed lemon juice, vanilla syrup, and Otima 10yr Tawny Port, bourbon, and bitters. Not only is it delicious, but you get to say the word “swizzle” when you order. If whiskey’s not your speed, try one of this dark bar’s three juleps, or feel slightly dirty when you order a “Little Miss Annabelle.”

St. Catherine’s Academy: Elsa If Death & Company waters the dark corners of your heart, Elsa is bound to enliven the inner angel. This East Village spot is all white washed surfaces and candlelight, complemented by a cocktail menu printed in vintage music books. Though the selection changes seasonally, summer’s menu features St. Catherine’s Academy, a simple concoction made with muddled kumquat and basil. Make a reservation to insure you get a cozy booth, and prepare to feel simultaneously warm and refreshed.

Gin and Juice: Booker and Dax This bar, attached to Momofuku Ssäm, emphasizes their measured approach to drink making. Specifically, they say they’re “considered, deliberate, and precision-oriented.” If you or your date can taste the difference between well tonic and house tonic, Evan Williams and Bulleit (and you prefer the latter), your palate will get a kick out of Booker and Dax’s offerings. Typically a simple drink, their Gin and Juice is made with grapefruit juice that’s clarified in a centrifuge. Then, it’s carbonated and served in a champagne flute. PopSci’s got more on the specific process, but we assure you the finished product is what Snoop Dogg wishes he were rapping about in his classic ballad.

3 Amigos: Hotel Delmano Sit outside of this Williamsburg haunt while the weather’s still nice. Nudge your chair next to your date’s (for warmth, of course) and split the baby octopus salad. Then, take the evening up a notch with Hotel Delmano’s triple whopper: a can of Tecate, shot of tequila, and small glass of sangria. While you’re working on the beer, decide on some goals, whether they’re work-related, emotional, or romantic. Toast to your upcoming achievements with the tequila, then use your sangria as an excuse to linger in the new comfort of your conversation.

La Miel: Beauty & Essex The sweetest drink of our bunch, this concoction might as well be your dessert for the night. With vanilla infused Brooklyn gin, applejack, honey syrup, citron and ginger, you’re required to savor every sugary sip. Take your cue to talk about human sweetness: what qualifies as a sweet gesture? When is romance overly saccharine? Make mental notes; if a fourth or fifth date rolls around, it’s not La Miel who will make the night a sweet success. It’s you.

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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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The top ten most underrated date spots in New York

By Brienne Walsh

There are a thousand places to grab a drink in New York. Yet, when the time comes to choose a bar for a date, it’s almost impossible to remember the ones you really like. We’ve put together a list of hidden jewels, the types of spots that have the perfect combination of cool and not-too-crowded, so that you impress the dead ringer for Ryan Gosling you connect with on MeetMoi without a moment’s hesitation.

1.    Joneswood Foundry, 401 East 76th Street, Upper East Side

The Upper East Side isn’t usually associated with the word “cool,” but there are a bunch of great bars for the young professionals in the neighborhood. One such place is the Joneswood Foundry, a food driven pub that has an expansive bar, as well as views over a secret courtyard garden.

2.    The Tangled Vine, 434 Amsterdam Avenue, Upper West Side

There are a plethora of loud bars geared towards college students and aging frat boys on the Upper West Side. What’s more difficult to find are reasonably priced, wine bars like the Tangled Vine. Located on a quiet corner on Amsterdam Avenue, it’s exactly the type of place you’d want to bring a sophisticated date.

3.    The Campbell Apartment, Grand Central, Midtown

Grand Central might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think “date spot.” But it houses the Campbell Apartment, a bar that was formerly the office and salon of 1920s mogul John W. Campbell. If nothing else, the gorgeous art deco interior is a great
conversation starter.

4.    Wine Bar, 65 Second Avenue, East Village

Don’t let the obvious name of this place fool you. It’s full of class, and usually not very crowded in the early evening. Featuring wines from Spain, Italy, and France, as well as a decent tapas menu, the spot is perfect for people watching in the summer time, when the
owners put café tables on the sidewalk.

5.    Gottino, 52 Greenwich Avenue, West Village

Located on a main strip in the West Village, this spot has a long bar and seating in the back. Although it gets crowded in the evening, it’s perfect for a post-dinner glass of wine.

6.    Elsa, 217 E 3rd St, East Village

Known for attracting literary types and artists, this romantic little spot is modeled after a speakeasy, and features bespoke cocktails with ingredients like lavender, honey, and egg.

7.    Weather Up, 159 Duane Street, Tribeca

Hidden on a quiet street in Tribeca, this expansive bar features exquisite cocktails and a small tasting menu by the chef of No. 7, a restaurant in Fort Greene. A satellite of a bar with the same name in Prospect Heights, Weather Up has the laid-back air of a Brooklyn joint in a downtown Manhattan location.

8.    Café Colette, 79 Berry Street, Williamsburg

You can’t walk farther than three feet in Williamsburg without running into a bar, but most of them are overrun with tourists and wannabe hipsters. Café Colette, located across the street from the enormously popular cocktail bar Hotel Delmano, is a classy—and much less crowded—alternative to other hip joints in the area.

9.    The Clover Club, 210 Smith Street, Cobble Hill

Once rumored to be a favorite of Lady Gaga, whose boyfriend lived in this well-heeled Brooklyn neighborhood, this bar features excellent cocktails, as well as cozy booths for intimate conversations.

10. Flatbush Barn, 76 Saint Marks Ave, Prospect Heights

Located right on the border between Prospect Heights and Park Slope, Flatbush Barn has a large outdoor garden, as well as an excellent bar menu, making it perfect spot for a casual summertime drink.

 

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