At this point, Mermaid Inn is pretty much synonymous with solid, not trying-too-hard first date spot. There are lots of small plate options, plenty of drinks to choose from, and a happy hour deal that means you can afford to get a few of both. But take our word for it: you probably don’t look as good eating an oyster as you think you do.
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Mama’s Too is a tiny pizza place on the Upper West Side, and it’s where you’ll find some of the best slices in the area. Get the square pepperoni one.
Jacobs Pickles is great if you need a spot for drinks or an Upper West Side dinner meetup with someone you know will embrace the heavy bar food. But it’s not a restaurant with traveling for.
The best modern dim sum restaurant in town now has a second location on the Upper West Side.
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Looking for a unique spot to impress on a First/Early In The Game date? If he or she likes wine and raw fish, Desnuda is your jam.
ROKC is a restaurant serving ramen and oysters, but this place is all about the cocktails, which get served in lightbulbs and conch shells.
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A staple in the Infatuation playbook since back in 2003 when we were standing in line outside of terrible Manhattan night clubs and listening to nothing but Brand New and 50 Cent. The fish here is always fresh and fantastic, and the lobster roll is very solid.
Sushi Kaito is a standout sushi restaurant on the Upper West Side, with the choice of either a 12 or 16 piece, omakase-style experience.
Elea is a big Greek restaurant on the Upper West Side that’s perfect for when you want to eat some lamb chops and feel like you’re downtown.
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