Address: 1329 3rd Ave. (76th & 77th St.)
*Locations also in Financial District, Midtown East, Midtown West, Upper West Side, Flatiron/Gramercy
Review: Haru is your chain sushi place that churns out solidly good sushi with decent creativity with their rolls, but this is not a place for the sushi purists. They have good apps like the crispy duck and shrimp and mushroom shumai, a bunch of good specialty cocktails ($13 a pop) and solid rolls. Haru is a better spot for a group dinner rather than a date, but nonetheless, an above average last minute place when you’re in the mood for sushi. The menu isn’t the cheapest out there but the wait is never too long so reservations aren’t really necessary.
Address: 1565 2nd Ave. (81st & 82nd St.)
*Location also in the Upper West Side
Review: Land Thai is a UES restaurant with a great romantic date night atmosphere and decent thai food. The drunken noodles with chicken were very very spicy so don’t order this dish unless you like that! The pad thai with shrimp and the spring rolls were solid choices, albeit pretty standard choices you can get at most decent thai places. The pluses were the friendly and attentive waitstaff and the Thai beer the boyfriend had been looking for since he got back from his trip to Thailand. We wouldn’t send someone on a trip up to the UES for this place but if you live in the area it’s definitely a decent spot for a date.
Address: 242 E. 81st St. (3rd & 2nd Ave.)
*Locations also in Financial District, East Village and Upper West Side
Review: We’re pretty obsessed with Luke’s Lobster – super fresh seafood from Maine right in the middle of the East Village (and FiDi, UES and UWS). We always seem to end up here whenever we are in the area! They have delicious lobster, shrimp and crab rolls, lobster and shrimp being our favorites. Really good sodas and chips as well. But since it’s locations are all pretty small take out places, it’s not ideal for a date but more of a place to stop in if you’re looking for a quick bite before heading elsewhere. Also not the cheapest meal for a take out sandwich but they do drive the seafood down from Maine daily and it’s definitely worth the price. Luke’s Lobster is a great spot to grab a bite to eat and has the best lobster rolls you’ll find south of Cape Cod. Great healthier alternative to a slice of pizza when you’re out in the East Village or near one of their other locations.
Address: 1485 2nd Ave. (77th & 78th St.)
*Locations also in Union Square, Murray Hill, Upper West Side and Midtown West
Review: Ahh Brother Jimmy’s. The boyfriend and I met here and it’s definitely not a date spot – we like to say we fell in love in a hopeless place. This is the type of bar you come to to chug cheap PBRs or down fishbowls with your buddies. It’s a sloppy mess of newly minted NY bros and chicks. Bro J’s is always a scene in the summer so get there early or the line will be around the block. Obviously it’s not a spot to bring a date but if you, your significant other and all your friends are looking to celebrate, Bro J’s is a good choice. So grab all your buddies, get sloshed and enjoy some awesome southern BBQ to soak up some of that alcohol.