Beer Table Pantry
Grand Central Oyster Bar
King Cole Bar
If you’re on your way to a romantic getaway upstate, grab provisions from this brew shop, the first retail outpost of Justin Philips’s Brooklyn bar, which sells 64-ounce growlers to-go. The shelves are stocked with artisanal pantry ingredients (vinegars, preserves, mustards) and other goodies, should you decide a picnic is in order.
Venue says: “For over 100 years we have been serving the freshest oysters & seafood in NYC! Our Oyster Happy Hour features Bluepoint Oysters, $1.25/each”
Take a seat underneath the vaulted ceilings at this historic bar (dating back to 1913), located within Grand Central’s beautiful Beaux Arts building, and let the atmosphere inspire feelings of romance. Sit in a banquette for two and split a platter of raw oysters, and order a bottle of vino from the spot’s generous wine list.
This nations-bridging org, which celebrated its 100th birthday in 2007, presents a wide range of lectures, performing-arts events and other happenings, such as its annual J-Cation cultural fest. The serene setting makes a perfect spot for cuddling up to your date. Stroll through the indoor bamboo garden, complete with a reflecting pool and a waterfall, and check out the Society’s gallery, which offers ever-changing exhibitions of Japanese art both ancient and cutting-edge.
Belly up to the bar beneath a stunning Maxfield Parrish mural of Old King Cole, and order a round of Bloody Marys; originally christened the Red Snapper, the quaff was supposedly born here in the 1930s. Once you’re feeling the savory drink’s effects, impress your date with a bit of history: According to century-old bartender lore, the mural is a parody of John Jacob Astor IV; King Cole is depicted postflatulence, to the disgust of his fiddlers three.
Crowds pack in for adventurous cuisine by chef Orhan Yegen at this sleek Turkish restaurant. The name, pronounced “ship shock,” roughly translates to speedy in Turkish, and it fits—plates fly from the kitchen at an impressive pace. Try entrées like manti—delicate beef dumplings in a garlicky yogurt sauce. For dessert, split a heaping bowl of gratinéed rice pudding.
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