Great dates to enliven any relationship
Wed Nov 30 2011
Photograph: Dale May
Eschew a night out for a rowdy afternoon of drinks and board games at Common Ground. A $25 weekend lunch deal that includes bottomless drinks for four hours guarantees you won't run out of liquid courage, and a sexy round of Scrabble couldn't hurt. Common Ground, 206 Ave A between 12th and 13th Sts (212-228-6231, commongroundnyc.com)
Adventurous types can let loose at "Experience," the New Museum's latest exhibit by Carsten Hller. Each floor focuses on a different esoteric theme, but you'll likely want to spend most of your time on experiential pieces like Mirror Carousel and the giant Untitled (Slide), which drops visitors through the building's four floors. Make sure you arrive before 4:30 to ensure you can ride the slide, then take the playful antics back to the bedroom. New Museum, 235 Bowery at Prince St (212-219-1222, newmuseum.org). $16, seniors $14, students $12.
Wine and dine
Get dolled up and make an impression by taking your new crush to Bar Boulud's Monday Night Dinners for Two: A revolving menu of seasonal dishes like whole roast chicken and cte de boeuf are served family-style for couples to share. Just be prepared for the check to impress as much as the meal; prices aren't listed and they fluctuate depending on the market. Bar Boulud, 1900 Broadway between 63rd and 64th Sts (212-595-0303, danielnyc.com).
Or do some otherwise amorous boozing on the cheap at the cozy Brooklyn Winery: On Wednesday nights, varietals are slashed to $20 when you order two items off the food menu. Grab a seat at the bar (made from reclaimed-church-pew wood) and try the Domaine Bassac's cabernet sauvignon from Languedoc, France, with baked bcheron goat cheese with cranberry-and-cherry compote ($14) or the duck confit, mushrooms, arugula and Parmesan ($15). Brooklyn Winery, 213 North 8th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (347-763-1506, bkwinery.com).
Dinner and a movie is a date archetype for good reason, but you can at least give it a new twist: At Williamsburg's Nitehawk Cinema, catch screenings of first-run indie films such as The Skin I Live In while dining on comfort food from the street-level caf, including the paella con chicharone (made with chorizo, shrimp, garlic and sweet peas; $17). Full meals aren't available at reBar's answer to independent cinema, the reRun Gastropub Theater, but you can share jazzed-up concessions; try the Saddle Bags (baked focaccia stuffed with duck confit; corn and mascarpone; pulled pork; or sweet pea and Parmesan; $6). Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-384-3980, nitehawkcinema.com). $11, seniors and children $9. * reRun Gastropub Theater, 147 Front St at Jay St, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-766-9110, reruntheater.com). Reservations recommended. * Times vary; see websites for details.