PLAN DATE: FRI / NOV. 9
Make it tastefully upscale, but keep it casual and comfy— the cozy, creative menu at Covina does just that, adding a delectable artisan twist to all-time Mediterranean faves like pizza and pasta. Dishes range from tender meatballs to gooey grilled cheeses, and big portions ensure that you and your boo will be feeding each other romantic bites all night. Whether it’s spicy honey pizza or wood oven roasted cauliflower (both of which we highly recommend), your cravings for these basic staples will not only be satisfied but exceeded.
Keep the night’s laid-back vibes alive and head over to Albion Bar, where a rich selection of craft beers awaits, and the BYOF–bring your own food– policy means you can take out your Covina leftovers without shame (in fact, it’s encouraged). This low-key gem is rarely crowded, and the outdoor patio, complete with a toasty fireplace, means intimate drinks and conversation with your one and only sans rowdiness or interruption. Take your pick of one, or two, or three of their thirty craft beers, get cozy and close, then sip on the good stuff at this near-secret spot.
Murray Hill/Kips Bay
Park South Hotel, 127 East 27th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Made with mascarpone and fontina beschamel & pears– this is where you give Brussel Sprouts a fresh start.
575 2nd Avenue, Manhattan
idk tip: The card minimum is $20, so bring along some cash if you plan on drinking light.