New York City is a hotbed for singles. But where do you go to meet the unattached? From popular music spots to the best rooftops, here are some must visit locations for a night out on the town. By Annie Reuter.
233-235 Front Street @ Peck Slip
New York, NY
Nelson Blue, a New Zealand-centric restaurant by South Street Seaport, is a favorite among locals for speedy service and desirable outdoor seating. Sit on the sidewalk patio with a view of the Brooklyn Bridge and be sure to try the lollipop lamb chops.
Jeremy’s Ale House
228 Front Street
Also located downtown is Jeremy’s Ale House, a dive bar with character. While the decor isn’t the classiest (bras hang from the ceiling for that ‘Coyote Ugly’ kind of feel). But with plenty of singles on the deck, the latest sports game on TV and a board game selection, you have no excuse not to strike up conversation with that cutie at the bar.
101 Rivington St
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This Lower East Side American gastropub is an ideal spot to grab dinner and meet other singles. With the wooden benches so close to each other, it’s nearly impossible to not chat with the person sitting across from you.
Rockwood Music Hall
196 Allen Street
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This intimate Lower East Side venue that hosts performances by musicians daily from 6 p.m. to midnight. Perhaps the best part? There’s no cover charge. Even if you don’t meet your soul mate, you’ll likely catch a glimpse of the next big thing on the music scene.
Gonzalez y Gonzalez
With some of the best local Salsa bands, DJs and free salsa lessons, this is the place to bring your dancing shoes. The friendly clientele will likely thrust you onto the dance floor, always a great way to meet new people. Grab a partner and show off your salsa moves on the dance floor.
200 Fifth Ave. at 23rd St.
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After dancing the night away, head to the rooftop of Eataly for dessert and drinks. The retractable roof promises a fun spot year-round.
Finally, this swanky rooftop locale is a great place to end an evening on the town. New York’s largest outdoor Rooftop Garden, its open all year and is always packed with an attractive crowd. Ask a cute rooftop gazer to take a photo of you against the skyline.
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Annie Reuter is a freelance writer and music blogger. She is the founder and head writer of YouSingIWrite.com.