Rebecca Simzak is a beautiful NY Blonde living in Chelsea. She is 25 years old and works as a Design Director for Playboy. Here are her picks for top 5 restaurants to bring on a date this winter:
1) Best Place to Impress a date
This brand new west village eatery is the perfect love child of the Plaza’s elegant tea room and Alice and Wonderland’s adventures.
The entire restaurant is decorated in pink and gold décor, complete with a giant birdcage, not so different from the one in Lindsay Lohans Rumours Video.
While desserts are their specialty, brunch and a full bar are also available (although no fancy cocktail menu- as of yet)
19 Greenwich Ave btw 6th and 7th Ave
2) For an oversized group outing
PLANET THAI 212
The perfect place to go when a party of 4 someone turned into 13. Planet Thai 212 has reasonable priced delicious entrees and seasonal specials (pumpkin dumplings for fall and mint spring rolls for the holidays..yummy!)
The interior is half whimsical half horror movie..check out the front display with partial tv screens/mirrors. It is also super spacious so reservations are rarely needed. Don’t be alarmed if they ask you if you’ve made one though – even if the place is three quarters empty..it’s their thing.
24th Street btw 5th and 6th Ave
3) For the chic/underground date spot
Though they have some strict an interesting “rules” ie) no parties of more than 4, no reservations, no rude patrons, this east village speak easy is worth checking out for their martini menu alone.
The interior is gorgeous with large murals stretched behind the bar and floor to ceiling windows that overlook the city. It’s a bit tricky to access as you have to go up through a somewhat dingy looking Japanese restaurant and access the bar through a secret door. (If you’re REALLY trying to impress your date you may want to pre-game this one a night or two before…so you look like you know what you’re doing)
8 Stuyvesant St
4) For the perfect NYC holiday dinner date
ROCK CENTER CAFÉ
The views are spectacular-especially if you request a window seat – at this Rockefeller Center classic. The food is incredible and the touristy skaters and Rockefeller center tree are undeniably romantic (no matter how cheesy).
The wait staff are beyond gracious, and while it can be tricky to get a reservation around the holidays (plan in advance for this one!) they are more than willing to try to accommodate window seating and never rush your check.
20 W. 50th Street
5) For after dinner drinks – Old New York style
THE TOP OF THE TOWER RESTARAUNT
On the 26th floor of the Beekman Place hotel, the Art Deco style mixed with panoramic city views are breath-taking. As a sucker for romance, this is my favourite drink spot in the city. Exiting the elevator into the bar area feels like entering an Audrey Hepburn film.
Though Top of the Tower is known for its dinner menu, you can also go up for a post dinner drink. The wait staff here are great and as long as you don’t come for drinks during prime dinner hours (7-10) you are welcome to sit and sip on amazing cabernet as long as you like.
3 Mitchell Place
(49th Street and 1st Ave)