Great dates: March 10-16, 2011
Tue Mar 8 2011
Photograph: Gabe Schoenberg
For a genteel date, head to Duane Park on Friday, when jazz trumpeter (and Lady Gaga chum) Brian Newman takes the stage for a show that combines burlesque with live music and often draws celebrity guests. 157 Duane St between Hudson St and West Broadway (212-732-5555, duaneparknyc.com). Fri 10:30pm; $60 (includes dinner).
Impress your date with your underground cultural leanings on a graffiti walking tour. The 90-minute guided stroll covers the history, evolution and techniques behind street art—plus, you'll get to see some killer pieces. Meet at Think Coffee, 1 Bleecker St at Bowery (grafftours.com). Sat 12 at 10am; $20.
Food & drink dates
Cook up some fun at Korean BBQ joint Shilla; inside the inviting, woody space, you can grill sizzling helpings of prime rib ($28.95), beef brisket ($22.95) and mixed vegetables ($18) right at your table. 37 W 32nd St between Broadway and Fifth Ave (212-967-1880, shillanyc.com)
Treat your suds-loving date to a beer tasting in the back room at . Sample six brews for $10—centered on a theme like Scandinavian or chocolate beers—during their expert-led Tuesday tasting. 43 E 7th St between Second and Third Aves (212-982-3006, jimmysno43.com). Tue 7:30pm; $10.