PLAN DATE: FRI / MAR. 22
Astoria has been known for its mastery of Greek food long before Anemos Estiatorio opened its door, but this new restaurant is bringing doses of class, modernity, and seduction. (Part of their motto is “the food will seduce you”). The dining room boasts your typical white-table-clothed elegance—with the addition of a permeating blue light that makes it feel like you’re in a fancy spaceship where the aliens love moussaka. The menu has all the Greek dishes you’d want and expect with modern twists—your feta cheese might come sesame encrusted or barrel aged—and they absolutely nail all manner of seafood. If anyone can make branzino seductive, it’s this place.
Head around the corner for more bold decor and a lively atmosphere at Ritmos 60. Colorful decorations spill from the ceiling at this Colombian bar, joined by brightly painted frames that line the ways, jewel-toned bar tables, and bottles of Mexican soda that line the bar. They have food and hookah, but it’s worth focusing your efforts on sucking down as many passion fruit mojitos as you can get your hands on. That fruity liquid courage will get you and your dancing partner primed to join the throng of couples shaking off the stress of the week to old school Spanish tunes all night.
Dinner, Drinks, Dancing
41-15 34th Avenue, Queens
idk tip: At 11 pm the music starts, so plan your resy based on whether you want to chat or groove.
3223 Steinway Street, Queens
idk tip: Make this your spot whenever dinner runs late since they’re open til 4 am.