PLAN DATE: SAT / DEC. 1
Cute hometown dates might seem hard to come by in NYC, but with the Big Apple Circus in town, you and your love can finally pick sweet fluff from a cloud of cotton candy and put it in each other’s mouths. The acts are there to dazzle and astound — dizzying horizontal juggling, acrobats making trapeze tricks look easy, body balancing duos and (ethical) animal acts including pretty little pigs and proud-looking stallions. All this, and more, led by a bejeweled ringmaster and an international cast of professionals that know how to bring the magic and put on a show so gripping, you’ll be gripping each other while you watch.
When your wonder and excitement have piqued, come down from the adrenaline and settle over savory small plates and an impressive drink selection at Bin 71. Sleek, sophisticated and intimate, this dark and compact wine bar boasts an ever-changing menu of uniquely excellent French, Italian, Spanish and American wines that beg to be sampled. Assuming you didn’t fill up on popcorn, but even if you did, a diverse and extensive selection of new American dishes with a refined European touch is up for grabs, from crepes with nutella to homemade gnocchi with a luscious veal bolognese sauce. Open late and teeming with energy, this is the right place to go to for post-show chow, conversation and the opportunity to sit close.
Upper West Side
Entertainment, Dinner, Drinks
Tickets, Start at $25; Reasonably Priced
Big Apple Circus
10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Manhattan
idk tip: This isn’t a permanent attraction and tickets are flying, so make sure to plan in advance.
237 Columbus Avenue, Manhattan
idk tip: If you can’t skip a big dinner, their Portuguese Grilled Octopus is a real hit with UWS locals.