Stand4

Photo by Charles H.

Address: 24 W. 12th St. (5th Ave. & University Pl.)

Link:  http://www.standburger.com/

Review: In the mood for some burgers and milkshakes? If you don’t want to wait on the crazy lines at Shake Shack and want some more variety when it comes to your burger toppings then head to Stand4 in Greenwich Village.  You can create your own burger or choose from one of the 14 pre-made options.  The milkshakes are fantastic, and the best part is, they have boozy options too!  You can also catch the game on their big screen tv and they have some good craft beers on tap if you’re not in the mood for a boozy milkshake (but why would’t you be?) Stand4 is definitely a fun date spot if you’re not calorie counting.

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AYZA Wine & Chocolate Bar

Photo by AYZA

Address: 11 W. 31st St. (5th Ave. & Broadway)

*Location also in West Village

Link: http://www.ayzanyc.com/

Review: We were looking for some drinks and dessert after dinner one night and, having walked past this place numerous times, we decided to give it a shot.  We sat outside in a heated tent (it was February) and ordered the moist chocolate cake with caramel and some chocolate-y cocktails.  The cake  and the Almond Chocolate Martini with hazelnut were both pretty solid and they also have an extensive wine list if that’s what you’re in the mood for.  The service wasn’t the most attentive, though it could have been because we were sitting outside.  All in all, If you and your date are looking for a spot for some drinks and dessert after dinner in the Murray Hill/Midtown East area or the West Village, AYZA is a good choice.

Max Brenner

Photo by Sean K.

Address: 841 Broadway (13th & 14th St.)

Link:  http://shop.maxbrenner.com/

Review: Max Brenner is a large Union Square chocolatier.  The food here is average but they have GREAT desserts and super sweet and delicious cocktails – chocoholics rejoice! The white Russians and chocolate lava cake are must trys.  It’s more of a family type, large format spot for dinner so we wouldn’t suggest having the dinner portion of your meal here, but Max Brenner’s is definitely a fun place to venture over to for some dessert and after dinner drinks.