PLAN DATE: SAT / JAN. 5
Take a note from the Columbia University students trying to impress their parents and head over to Atlas Kitchen. The Hunan And Szechuan style food is the real deal, so be honest about how much spice you can handle, lest you end up crying on this date (and not because of an emotional connection). With wall paintings by MoMA artist Qiu Anxiong, imported stoneware, and Instagram-worthy plating, you’ll feel especially cultured in this serene and beautiful space. Don’t get overwhelmed by the long menu and go right for the Sliced Eel in Chili Oil or the Cumin Flavored Lamb. Not feeling too adventurous? They have an American-Style section, so you can enjoy your General Tso’s out of something other than a plastic tub.
Keep the art appreciation going by heading down Broadway to the Smoke Jazz & Supper Club. This cozy and classic club will have you feeling like you walked onto the set of a movie about jazz with candlelit tables, velvet banquettes, and decadent chandeliers. Meeting the two-drink minimum is all too easy with their long list of cocktails, so go ahead and take the opportunity to find out what an Old Fashioned actually tastes like. The club can get crowded with closely-packed tables but it’ll add to the romance of rubbing elbows with your date under dim lighting.
Upper West Side
Dinner, Drinks, Music
258 West 109th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Save room for gelato in flavors you’ve never had before, like lychee and corn.
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
2751 Broadway, Manhattan
idk tip: Most nights showtimes are at 7, 9, and 10:30 so plan to get there 30—45 minutes before to get your drink order in.