Summer dates in New York: Food-and-drink dates at NYC bars and restaurants
Charm a gourmand by getting dinner or drinks at NYC hot spots on these summer dates.
Wed May 23 2012
If you’re going to woo a food-obsessed partner, go beyond the standard dinner and a movie this season. Check out five food-and-drink-focused summer dates at New York bars and restaurants.
You’ll find all the makings of a seaside picnic within a stone’s throw of the water, thanks to this concession stand, which includes goods from returning vendors like Motorboat & the Big Banana and Santa Salsa. Keep an eye out for new-to-the-beach outposts of NYC eateries such as Steve’s Ice Cream, the Commodore and the Lobster Joint. And before hopping back on the A train, fill up on chorizo tacos ($3–$4) and watermelon juice ($2) at the ever-popular Rockaway Taco (95-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd at Beach 96th St). Rockaway Beach Boardwalk between Beach 86th and 106th Sts, Rockaway, Queens (rockawaybeachclub.com)
- Boardwalk, (between Beach 9th and Beach 149th Sts)
Learn how to make a great meal together during sessions taught by the experts at this Williamsburg culinary haven. Roll out dough at a pizza-making class (Sun 27 at 2pm; $75) or cozy up during a special Couples Dinner (June 8 at 6:30pm; $165 per couple). Just remember to make notes—instead of googly eyes at your partner—so you can put your newfound skills to use at a later date. (718-389-2982, thebrooklynkitchen.com)
- 100 Frost St, (at Meeker Ave)
Sip creative cocktails in the East Village
- Critics choice
A dusky bar and strong spirits are tried-and-true allies on any date, and you’ll find both at the East Village’s new crop of drinkeries. Start at Booker and Dax at Ssäm (207 Second Ave at 13th St; 212-254-3500, momofuku.com)—a sleek, bustling bar annex to the Momofuku eatery—with a Mustachi-ode (amaro, Becherovka, bourbon, egg white, pistachio; $14). Gadgets like an electric red-hot poker make drink preparations look like magic acts—albeit with a purpose. Afterward, head to the Wayland (700 E 9th St at Ave C; 212-777-7022, thewaylandnyc.com), a rustic, welcoming space serving cocktails such as the Bermuda Black ($12), a dark-and-stormy–esque quaff with the hoppy addition of black IPA. (The bar also features an upright piano, should the urge to serenade your sweetie arise.)
Instead of settling for a Whitman’s Sampler, woo a potential lover with locally made, inexpensive (most items are under $10) goodies found at this waterfront bazaar. On a typical visit, you may be able to try sour-cherry shaved ice from People’s Pops, Danny Macaroons’ chewy coconut cookies, stroopwafel ice-cream sandwiches from the Good Batch and Whimsy & Spice’s cardamom marshmallows. Wash it all down with a refreshing rhubarb-anise quencher from Brooklyn Soda Works. (brooklynflea.com/smorgasburg)
- 27 North 6th St, (between Kent Ave and East River), 11211
Cross the park on an uptown bar crawl
- Critics choice
Begin a sampler of upscale pub grub at Jones Wood Foundry (401 E 76th St at First Ave; 212-249-2700, joneswoodfoundry.com), where you can fuel up with a bottle of house signature beer London Pride ($8) while sharing a selection of toasts with toppings like pear and blue cheese ($7) or smoked mackerel ($9). Then, head to Earl’s Beer & Cheese (1259 Park Ave between 97th and 98th Sts; 212-289-1581, earlsny.com) for a second course of pork belly and kimchi-stuffed grilled cheese ($8), and a can of Sly Fox Pikeland Pils ($5). Stroll through Central Park to work up an appetite before settling in at Jacob’s Pickles (509 Amsterdam Ave between 84th and 85th Sts; 212-470-5566, jacobspickles.com), and reward yourselves with an assortment of brined veggies (three for $10) and Southern-inflected fare.