Where to Take a First or Second Date: 40 Affordable Restaurants in NYC

Here's a question we get time and again: where can I take a date for good food without breaking the bank? And can I do it without looking like a cheapskate?

The short answer: eat out with a strategy. Get ramen. Visit well-dressed ethnic restaurants. Try pizza. Eat at eighborhood joints beyond your own. As for the longer answer, well, here are 40 restaurants across the city we recommend for date-worthy meals, no matter what kind of date you're looking for.

To help you sort through them all, we've made a flow chart breaking down the best spots for the type of date you're looking for. Not every restaurant, and not every type of date, but a guide to get you started. See all the recommendations in the slideshow above or jump to a restaurant below. And tell us in the comments: what are your favorite first date restaurants? (Stories encouraged.)


Click chart to enlarge. [Chart: Tiffany Tay and Robyn Lee]