Dates are usually better when you leave room for the unexpected: indie (for that, check out artsy-fab Metrograph), but it’s a super-fun experience down in South Street seaport, a trippy and intoxicating destination in itself. Combine the two at this dusky Bond Street boutique, where your date holds the punching bag as you uppercut all your work/family/dating tension away — and then switch. Bonus: The gym is run by pretty-sexy-thang Olivia Young, object of the ultimate guy or girl crush, who also has an office stocked with good cold beer (just ask for one). Might your meal be executed more swiftly at, say, Chinese Tuxedo?You get pillows, blankets, and unlimited popcorn, plus movie “snacks” from a James Beard winner, and strong cocktails stirred by someone who — no doubt — calls himself a celebrity mixologist. For at the door and no drink minimum (or maximum), there’s no better bang for your date-night buck. Sure (and do go there when you want an equally flawless and stylish date-night resto).You certainly won't blow your date's mind by suggesting any of them.If you want to keep your companion for the night fascinated rather than fatigued, you need to get slightly more creative.Plus, the sublime Bemelmans is under the same roof.
, pulls the best comics in the country, and to make the evening even more thrilling, there’s always a surprise funny person on deck. Plus, the prices are reasonable, starting at per person.
Alternatively, the Art Studio NY offers classes at the Met. A dramatically romantic sensation overcomes you the moment you sail through the gold hotel doors.
The food at this iconic “dinner and a show” lounge belongs at your rich cousin’s wedding, but none of that matters, as you glide to your table — in a dreamlike state — with your lovely date on your arm, while waiting for Suzanne Vega to sing “Luka” (seriously) or Countess Lu Ann de Lesseps to have another one.
My best advice is to do this first thing in the morning to beat the large crowds who are also looking to take their postcard photo.
Not far after crossing the Brooklyn Bridge into Brooklyn is Dumbo.