. . . baby I’m about to have me some fun!
That’s right, it’s Friiday, Friday, tomorrow is Saturday, Saturday.
As the lone single lady in the Dynasty, Beezus tends to go on more dates than her cohabitating cohorts. But date night isn’t just for the unattached – everyone loves a good jaunt on the town with a member of the opposite sex, whether they’re a spouse, significant other, first date or third. I myself prefer dates of the boozing variety (what can I say, I love the sauce), but being a lover of all things cultural and gastronomic I try not to limit myself to cliched shiz like wine bars and speakeasies. Or location. I get serrrriously aggrieved by those individuals that base their plans around proximity to office, gym, or apartment. We’re young and this city is small – get over yourselves! The following will probably apply more to people in my neck of the woods, but for those of you in blah DC or the dirty dirty South, think of the below as dating inspiration:
The Stout, Scotch and Cigar Date
Start time: 9:30pm
Venue 1: the otheroom, 143 Perry St.
Venue 2: Hudson Bar and Books, 636 Hudson St.
The otheroom is a well known match.com meet-up spot, for good reason. Mood lighting and charming location makes everybody more attractive . Order unfamiliar beers, have a tasting sesh, get a flirty buzz going, then walk arm in arm to Bar and Books around 11:30 and sip scotch while puffing away on a Dominican Montecristo (Dominican, natch). The later the hour the better. Early bedtimes are for weekdays and parents.
The Broadway Matinee Date
Start time: 11am
Venue 1: Island Burger & Shakes, 766 9th Ave.
Venue 2: Broadway
Venue 3: the little owl, 90 Bedford St.
I like day dates, so wholesome and appropriate. I also like a little bit of improvisation, spontaneity keeps you young. Saturday matinees start at 2 and box offices open at 10. Meet at a theater around 11 and check out the prices for the afternoon showing – if they’re exorbitant, walk around and compare prices. I won’t pretend to know much about Broadway, and people like different shows for different moods. Once you’ve found a decent show with a decent (for NY standards) price, walk the couple blocks to Island Burger for a churrasco and milk shake (churrascos are like burgers with a really dank piece of grilled chicken instead of heavy red meat). They have about 30 varieties, it’s fun choosing which one. Scarf those down and head to the theater for some live entertainment. The show gets out around 5 – cab it down to the West Village for an early meal at the little owl, where it’s impossible to get a table during regular dinner hours. Sit at the bar (I loooove eating at the bar.) Enjoy sumptuous food and reflect on the show, the day, and the general awesomeness of life in NYC.
The Movie Date
Start time: 7pm
Venue 1: Loews Lincoln Center, 1998 Broadway
Venue 2: Ollie’s Noodle Shop, 1991 Broadway
Venue 3: Lincoln Center
Ahhh, dinner and a movie, a time-honored tradition. I prefer movie first, dinner second, people are always stressing about start time when they grub beforehand. Loews Lincoln Center is my fav for the glamour and glitz factor. That giant escalator, the gaudy Old Hollywood decor, theaters with curtains and balconies. Love love love. Afterwards go across the street to Ollie’s for true NY Chinese restaurant hustle and bustle. DEF order the noodles with bean paste and minced meat. Sounds weird, tastes AWESOME. For digestion and romantical purposes, take a stroll down to Lincoln Center post-Ollie’s. The renovation of the plaza really did a number on that place. Between the fountain, the lighted steps, and the grandioso architecture it’s pretty much amour central.
The Winter Date
Start time: 8pm
Venue 1: Wolman Rink, SE corner of Central Park
Venue 2: La Bonne Soup, 48 West 55th St.
Venue 3: King Cole Bar, St. Regis Hotel, 2 East 55th St.
As cool as I am, I need a little cheese in my life, especially around Christmas time (I wait year-round for Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas” to be acceptable playlist material). Wolman Rink is waaay bigger and better than Rock Center and the surroundings are beautiful, no matter how TC you are. La Bonne Soup is a nod to my childhood, when my parents worked in midtown and took us to Scandinavian Ski Shop for matching ski suits and lunch afterwards. La Bonne Soup is very Alsatian chic – red and white tablecloths, low ceilings, timber beams. They get high points for having true French vinaigrette, and the French onion soup is the best in the city (in my humble opinion). Added bonus – it’s realll cheap. Take the pesos you saved on the meal and get close in a banquette at the King Cole Bar in the St. Regis. This is where top drawer was born. It is the soul and essence of everything tippy tippy top. A giant Maxfield Parrish mural, bartenders and waiters in white jackets, the smell of rich mahogany. The martinis are $18 but you only need 1 each – they’re martinis, after all. You do NOT want to be shitcanned in the St. Regis.
As to what happens after said dates, that’s all you. There’s only so much I can do to set the mood. So no errands, no obligations, no lame birthday parties at so and so bar in the East Village. Make a date, and make some magic happen.