PLAN DATE: TUES / JAN. 1
It’s officially the new year, and nothing quite hits the spot like a hefty loaded taco—and at Calexico, the options are authentic and endless. Kick off the flavorful feast by sharing nachos piled high or flavorful Elote, a tangy Mexican spin on grilled corn bathed in cotija cheese, lime mayo, chili powder, and sour cream. Add a couple of their fresh, fruity margaritas to bring some sweetness in, then go in on their diverse array of tacos, all served with a side of “crack” sauce that explodes with taste. Tender Chipotle Pork, beer battered Baja Fish, Carne Asada, and El Veggie are just a few of the tempting choices. Tiny, casual and vibrant, this modern Mexican spot is exactly right for kicking back and getting stuffed.
When you’ve filled up on tacos galore, let the fun continue over at Iggy’s, a highly-reliable and coolly laid-back Irish dive bar known to locals as the best karaoke bar in New York. Unpretentious and full of life, hilarious live music, and an easygoing crowd, it’s the perfect place to shed any stage fright and get up on stage to serenade your babe with some swooning love songs, or even make it a fearless duet. The drinks are cheap and the vibes are those of all-encompassing fun, so go on and give the performance of a lifetime (or date night) at this time-tested neighborhood music house.
Upper East Side
Dinner, Drinks, Karaoke
1491 2nd Avenue, Manhattan
idk tip: It’s their Strawberry Marg we suggest going for, because who doesn’t love fresh strawberries swimming in their booze?
1452 2nd Avenue, Manhattan
idk tip: If you find yourself a few drinks in and getting hungry, just know outside food is actually encouraged, so feel free to dig into those leftovers.