Saturday night is date night for me, and It’s pretty non-negotiable. While my husband and I love to try new places, there are also some iconic legends that never get old. For instance, I first went to Indochine when I was in college (forever ago!)- and its still a hot spot. Whether you live in NY or are just visiting, there are plenty of great spots for dinner,drinks, and things to do for a great night out. Here are some of my favorite dates:
- Billy Joel at MSG. The Piano Man brings his NY State of Mind showmanship- and considerate pop library- to a once a month residency at Madison Square Garden. Whether or not you’re a lifelong fan, you know ALL the songs and are sure to hear a few that will move Joel up in your Spotify playlist for weeks to come. Start the night at LUPOLO (an upscale Portugese tavern fare) or L’Amico (rustic Italian), each located at opposite corners of the Eventi Hotel on 6th Avenue (between 29th & 30th Streets)- just a short walk to the Garden. Keen’s Chophouse is always a strong call for pre or post event drinks and food- the W. 36th street standard delivers it’s manly meat-n-chops fare every time.
- Movie night and dinner at the bar. My hubby and I have 3 go-to theaters in Manhattan: Kip’s Bay, Union Square, and the Angelika. Some of our movie night dinner faves around Kip’s Bay include Hillstone (can’t miss American standards), Vin sur Vingt (French wine bar/bistro), Upland (decadent modern- one of NYC’s reigning champs), Covina (hot up and comer featuring hearty classics) and Park Avenue (which changes its name, decor,and menu to reflect the current season’s finest). All serve dinner at the bar- a professional move sure to identify you to the bartender as an in-the-know local. Around Union Square: NYC dining legend Gramercy Tavern; Tom Colicchio’s sublime Craft, and Jean-George’s satisfying rising star, ABC Kitchen. Around the Angelika are Burger & Barrel (gastropub with great burgers) and Il Buco Alimentari (hugely popular Italian market/ restaurant on Great Jones).
- Yankees game and a ballpark hotdog Sometimes this just fits the bill. A warm summer, light breeze, Yanks on the field, and a stadium dog make everything right. Take the Metro North train from/to Grand Central –skip the subway!- for a relatively hassle free journey.
- Play and Dinner. So you don’t want to pay $900 for a prime seat to Hamilton? (Although when the original cast was performing it was worth any price!) A few shows we’ve seen over the past year: The Humans (Warning! the material, while humorous, is HEAVY. Maybe save for a cool autumn night); The Book of Mormon (OUTRAGEOUSLY funny though not for the timid- the most vulgar and irreverent performance you’ll see). After the show, consider these Broadway area eats: Sushi of Gari (W. 46th between 8th/9th)- the salmon sushi with warm tomato alone is worth the trip; Koi (in the Bryant Park Hotel); and the bar at Aureole. Another great pre-theater idea- walk into LeBernardin around now 6pm and try to grab a table in the bar area. If it’s your lucky day, you will find seating in this “for walk-ins” section (DON’T TELL TOO MANY PEOPLE!!) where they serve the full dinner menu. The food is flat out legendary.
- (Le) Poisson Rouge and Greenwich Village. In the mood for a quirky/fun night? Check the calendar at Greenwich Village staple LPR. From the cross-dressing vaudeville of Murray Hill to transgender Bingo, you’ll find some belly laughs to energize your night. Enjoyed or just tolerated, pair this with one of these Village hot spots: Carbone– good luck getting a table- try the Reserve app); Minetta Tavern (squeeze into a few seats at the bar and order the must-have Minetta or Black Label burger); or Uncle Ted’s for no-nonsense, satisfying Chinese standards.
Stay Tuned for 5 MORE great dates coming next week!