This sexy, animal print-accented subterranean speakeasy is lit low enough to encourage smoldering stares over the rim of a stiff Scotch cocktail. Yet thanks to a culinary incubator program that rotates hot chefs through its kitchen, it buzzes with energy that lends coveted first-date cool cred. (In August, Nepalese pop-up Gita replaces the outgoinge Greek concept Pelekasis.) That irresistible combo, like a well-executed wink and nod, may just—ahem, settle your score.
Finding a first-date spot is tricky. You want the place to feel fun but not forced, with reasonable price points lodged between “penny pincher” and “moneybags.”...