Dream Baby is a cocktail bar, but it isn’t especially fancy. It’s just a slightly divey neighborhood spot in the East Village that occasionally hosts dance parties. The main area is about the size of a studio apartment, with a few tables and booths, and there’s a second little room in back where the dance parties take place. It tends to get pretty busy on weekends - so use it for a casual first date, or to meet new people after you’ve deleted your dating apps again.
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