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Date Night in the Flatiron District

It is officially cuffing season, so we have the perfect date night roundup for you. Whether it is a nice restaurant, a fun activity, or a trendy bar, we have some memorable places to impress someone special in the neighborhood. 

Exciting Things to Do:

Baruch Performing Arts Center, One Bernard Baruch Way (25th between Lexington & Third), 212-352-3101, Events/Shows
Treat you and your significant other to a night of cultural entertainment. Baruch College's performance center hosting plays, music, and dance showcased in two concert halls & two theaters.

The Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, 5th Floor, between 27th & 28th StreetCalendar
The Jazz Gallery serves as an international cultural center where the youngest generation of emerging professional jazz musicians challenge convention, take creative risks, and lead their field as performers, composers and thinkers. Wine is available by donation to support the nonprofit, and there is no charge minimum. Doors open at 7 pm for seating at 7:30, and 9 pm for seating at 9:30 pm. 

La Scuola, Eataly's Cooking School, 200 Fifth Avenue, off 23rd Street, 212-229-2560 
Guided by a chef, you and your date will learn how to create regional Italian recipes as you enjoy your dishes — with beverage pairings, of course. In other words: dinner and a show. Chef Lidia Bastianich has handcrafted a variety of classes and events, each offering a unique culinary experience. Try your hands at italian dessert classics like tiramisu, pasta workshops, and three-course meal breakdowns. 

Musem of Sex, 233 Fifth Avenue, 212-689-6337
An intimate and daring museum that explores the history and culture of sexuality with rotating exhibitions. Browse the exhibits currently on view, jump around in a themed bouncy castle, and check-out the ground-floor shop for novelty items. Currently, you can preview the upcoming erotic carnival coming to the museum, Super Funland.     

The Magician Show at the NoMad Hotel, 1170 Broadway, corner of 28th Street, 212-796-1500
Sure to be an unforgettable night, experience an intimate evening of magic, mystery, and deception at The Magician show at The Nomad hotel. The interactive show that calls on the audience to participate during the act takes place every weekend starring the talented illusionist Dan White

The People's Improv Theater123 East 24th Street, 212-563-7488, Calendar
Established in 2002, the PIT is an award-winning comedy theatre that hosts nightly shows including comedy skits, open mic, and musical improv. Notable alum include Ellie Kemper, Nicole Byer, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Poster House, 119 West 23rd Street, between Sixth Avenue and Seventh Avenue, 917-722-2439
Visit the first museum dedicated to posters in the United States. Poster House's mission is to showcase posters from all over the world, from their origins in the 1860s to present day use. The museum is open 11 am to 6 pm and closed on Tuesdays. On the third Friday of every month, Poster House is open for after hours from 6 pm to 9 pm!

Society Billards, 10 East 21st Street, 212-420-1000
A polished, underground pool hall with 19 billiards tables, ping-pong tables, dart boards, and a full cocktail bar. 

SPiN, 48 East 23rd Street, between Madison & Park Avenue, 212-982-8802
Pick-up a paddle and enjoy a fun game of ping-pong with your date. SPiN is a modern lounge with 19 ping-pong courts, full bar service, and dining. $9 gets you unlimited ping pong play after 9 pm Monday through Thursday. 

 
(Photo Credit: Vin Sur Vingt)

Where to Grab a Drink:

BLACKBARN, 19 East 26th Street, 212-265-5959, Menu
An upscale restauant serving farm-to-table American cuisine in a modern barn-inspired setting. Their happy menu is pretty killer: Monday through Saturday 4 pm to 6 pm and 9 pm to 11 pm. Happy hour specials include specials like $5 draft beers, $7 wines, $3 pork buns, $1 wings, 50% OFF Margherita Pizza, Hot Dog, Meatballs, and Burger.

Bo’s Kitchen & Bar Room, 6 West 24th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, 212-234-2372, Menu
The bar is driven by Bo's passion for making the perfect classic cocktails. The drink menu is curated in-house and updated each season to ensure each cocktail's utmost freshness. Bartenders will tweak any classic cocktail to best suit your palate. Enjoy happy hour all night on Mondays, and 5 pm to 7 pm Tuesday through Friday. Plus, there's live music every Saturday night. 

The Flatiron Room, 37 West 26th Street, between Sixth Avenue and Broadway, 212-725-3860
Classy nightspot with a vintage vibe housing a world-renowned collection of 1000+ brown spirit varieties and offering live music. The muscial line-up is pretty impressive with blues bands, quartets, and jazz. Take a stab at a Whiskey 101 class. 

George Washington Bar, 23 Lexington Avenue, 2nd Floor of Freehand New York hotel,  212-475-1924, Menu
Set inside the former Library Room of the original George Washington Hotel, the GW Bar is a distinguished place inside the Freehand New York hotel. Enjoy sophisticated cocktails and upscale snacks. The space has plenty of character as the room's original mahogany millwork and fireplace have been restored, and upholstered vintage furniture punctuate the dark and moody atmosphere.

The Globe Bar, 158 East 23rd Street, 212-477-6161
Once a speakeasy, the "copper-faced" Globe Bar is old-school (since 1886) Irish pub with a fireplace featuring Guinness & other drafts. Happy runs daily til 7 pm. The inviting, spacious tavern is a low-key spot with good vibes. 

Undercote, 16 West 22nd Street, 212-401-7986 
Hidden beneath Koren steakhouse Cote, Undercote is a subterranean cocktail bar and lounge. Combining dark, plant-filled interiors with ambient beats, Undercote has the feel of a moonlit jungle oasis in the middle of the city, offering guests inventive cocktails and a one-of-a-kind Champagne list. Undercote does not accept reservations.

Vin Sur Vingt, 1140 Broadway, 646-922-7700, Menu
VSV NoMad is an intimate French wine bar offering an extensive list continuously rotating 250 wines coupled with a light French fare menu. The space was personally designed to resemble the most authentic Bar a Vin in France featuring cozy, dim lighting and nostalgic melodies playing in the background. Enjoy $10/glass from VSV's rotating selection until 6 pm, 50% off any bottle of Rosé until 7 pm, and 25% off any bottle of wine after 10 pm. 

(Photo Credit: Scarpetta) 

Where to Dine: 

Almond, 12 East 22nd Street, between Broadway and Park Avenue South, 212-228-7557, Menu
This lively bistro serving French comfort food blends farm-to-table culture in a vibrant, comfortable atmosphere. Almond provides seasonal & daily menus that are driven by market-fresh ingredients. Classic dishes include steamed black mussels and roast chicken with crushed potatoes, and roasted whole fish. The thoughtful, hand-picked wine list offers an affordable selection of wines.

Atoboy, 43 East 28th Street, 646-476-7217, Menu
The restaurant is adventurous yet well-thought-out, which serves Korean-inspired family-style cuisine in three shareable dishes of your choice. Guests enjoy unique Korean tasting menus in a cozy, minimalist space. Atoboy recently landed a spot on ts 2020 list of Bib Gourmands, restaurants where the caliber of the food is high and a great meal can be enjoyed for less than $40 before tax and tip. 

Bouley at Home, 31 West 21st Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, (212) 255-5828 
Bouley at Home provides a multi-sensory Seven Course Tasting Menu immersing guests in a community of shared culinary knowledge, health and nutrition. Diners sit alongside counters in front of a cooking stations.  

Cosme, 35 East 21st Street, between Park Avenue and Broadway, (212) 913- 9659, Menu
Cosme, a sleek, contemporary Mexican restaurant serving dishes rooted in Mexican flavors and traditions, while also celebrating local and seasonal ingredients from the Hudson Valley and surrounding region. The restaurant was recently named best restaurant in the U.S. on the “2019 Worlds 50 Best Restaurants” list, and Cosme’s Chef Daniela Soto-Innes was named 2019’s “World’s Best Female Chef”.

Cote, 16 West 22nd Street, (212) 401-7986, Menu
Cote, New York City's first Korean steakhouse, is a sophisticated restaurant that marries the interaction and flavors of Korean barbecue with the prime cuts and exceptional wines of the American steakhouse. Mainstays such as shrimp cocktail, wedge salad, steak tartare, and thick-cut bacon are served alongside traditional Korean dol-sot bibimbop, spicy casseroles, and USDA prime steak cuts. 

Hanjan36 West 26th Street, 212-206-7226, Menu
Inspired by the old Korean tavern that offered weary travelers good food, good drinks and a place to rest Hanjan's dishes are meant to evoke Korean street markets that offer comfort food. Hanjan's menu features meats raised with no antibiotics or growth hormones, wild-caught wild fish that are not overfished or endangered, and organic and local produce.

Il Fiorista17 West 26th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue, (646) 490-82409, Menu
A unique, new restaurant serving flowers and herbs in their edible forms. Working with local and regional farmers, Il Fiorista features Mediterranean flavors and carefully curated floral cocktails. Make your date feel special with a custom bouquet you can order ahead or grab on the go. Il Fiorista also hosts flower-related educational classes that make for a creative date activity. 

ilili, 236 Fifth Avenue, between 27th and 28th Streets, (212) 683-2929, Menu 
Creative Lebanese dining with shared plates, entrees. and cocktails served up in a trendy, elegant space. Every dish at ilili has it's own story from the traditional recipes direct from Lebanon, to modern updates that tell the history of its team, cooks, and chefs who have left their mark on ilili's kitchen. 

Little Beet Table, 333 Park Avenue South, 212-466-3330, Menu 
For the health-conscious or vegetarian date, Little Beet is a modern restaurant offering organic, vegetarian-focused, and gluten-free menu. If these dietary preferences do not apply to you, the food is still worth your while. Little Beet provides a comfortable oasis with a warm atmosphere. 

Scampi, 30 West 18th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue, (212) 888-2171, Menu 
A neighborhood restaurant serving southern Italian-inspired cuisine with an emphasis on seafood. Seasonal, market-driven ingredients are used in each and every dish. The chic interior offers a homey vibe. The Mafaldini Scampi pasta made with gulf shrimp, butter, parsley, and lemon has a cult-following. 

Scarpetta, 88 Madison Avenue, corner of 29th Street, (212) 691-0555, Menu.
An upscale Italian restaurant serving a crowd-favorite tomato-basil spaghetti that lives up to the hype. The cozy, sleek interior, and high-quality food make for a memorable date-night out. 

Header Photo Credit: Society Billiards by Christian Rodriguez featured in New York Mag.
Thumbnail Photo Credit: Vin Sur Vingt Wine Bar