Address: 425 W 15th St. (9th & 10th Ave.)
Review: The Tippler is a speakeasy-type, underground watering hole in the old Nabisco factory underneath Chelsea Market. It’s a break from your standard meatpacking club, though on weekends it does seem to get some of the the nightclub rejects who can sometimes ruin what could be a great scene. The awesome cocktail list of intricate drinks, along with some good craft beers make it worth the walk over to meatpacking though. The Tippler has a cavernous/romantic vibe, but it can get a little loud and hard to hear your companion later on in the night. There is a line out front at times with a wait, so try and get there early to beat the rush. All in all, it’s a fun and different spot to try if you enjoy trying out new specialty cocktails, and as long as you can snag a table in one of the dark/quieter corners, it can be a great spot to bring a date.
Address: 373 Park Ave S (26th & 27th St.)
*Locations also in Flatiron/Gramercy, Soho and Midtown East
Review: Dos Caminos is a chain Mexican restaurant that puts out solid grub, though on the pricier side. The menu consists of a more upscale take on your standard Mexican dishes. You MUST try the delicious made fresh to order guac, queso fundido with chorizo, the trio tasting of ceviches and of course one of the fresh fruit tequila cocktails. We also split a couple of the taco options (carnitas and pollo were our favorites). When you’re in the mood for some delicious Mexican and refreshing margaritas in a trendy, intimate atmosphere, this is a great option. You’ll want to make a reservation because it’s usually packed most nights of the week.