Almost all the first date posts that I read suggested that it should be simple and quick with an opportunity for exit. Technically, this isn't the first time that we're hanging out. We met with a group of friends a few days ago, hung out for a couple of hours and I guess were intrigued enough to set up a formal 1st date :) Since, these friends know that I like food and told that to the person that I'm going out with, she asked me to pick a place for dinner.
Since, it is the first time that we'll be by ourselves, I don't want something that is too dark and cozy and romantic. Purely, from a food perspective, I'd go for the The Modern - Bar Room but a) It is loud and b) I know that she likes beer so I wanted to at least have that as an option before/after dinner. All the places that I know of are pretty far from the Bar Room. Rabbit Club, Jimmy's 43, Burp Castle, d.b.a, Rattle N Hum, etc.
If not the Bar Room, I thought of Hearth and even though, it is pretty good, it's not in the same league as Modern. Any suggestions on some other places, esp. taking into consideration the beer thing? Some places that came to mind were Sakagura (not sure how date friendly is this place) and Degustation (too cramped for a first date).
Logistical information: Age - 30, $100 pp ( incl. tip and tax), open to eating anything. We'll meet near Madison Square Park and anything that is a 15 min cab ride away is fair game.
Thanks a lot everyone!!