PLAN DATE: MON / DEC. 10
First, get your art fix at Dia:Chelsea. This beloved art foundation is a temporary home to some of the most complex works of art around—whether in the form of physical artwork, exhibitions, performances, or the like. There are currently some must-see exhibitions at Dia, including the environment-inspired work of Nancy Holt and the stylistically comprehensive Blinky Palermo: To the People of New York City. Holding hands while staring at beautiful things is one textbook romantic necessity. Do it justice by visiting Dia.
Once you’ve satisfied some senses at Dia:Chelsea, cover the others at Don Giovanni Ristorante. This Italian restaurant has a classic, rustic aesthetic, with a black-and-white color palette complemented by old-fashioned photography hung from the walls. There’s a level of subdued sophistication here, and it’s especially present in the coal-grilled Neapolitan pies and other traditional Italian dishes—from the pear & truffle oil-based Caprina to some legitimately perfect lobster raviolis. Just be sure to start your meal with their sesame seed bruschetta.
545 West 22nd Street, Manhattan
idk tip: If you’re ever craving a road trip, definitely consider taking the train up to Beacon, NY for their rural location, aptly named Dia:Beacon.
Don Giovanni Ristorante
214 10th Avenue, Manhattan
idk tip: Tiramisu is basically a textbook Italian sweet, but you need to seriously not overlook their homemade Tiramisu perfection.