PLAN DATE: SAT / SEP. 22
At El Basurero, the Colombian influence is as authentic as it is eclectic. The menu is traditionally Latin American, with options like beef stew & tongue and guacamole with green plantains, but the obvious draw here is the overall look. Vintage barber chairs and sewing machines line the walls, bicycles hang from the ceiling, and every inch is saturated in color. Think of it as an eat-in antique shop laced with your fair share of visual stimulants.
Next, give classic movie date nights a spin at the Museum of the Moving Image. It’s a place as in love with movies as you two are with each other, so, whether you’re a film buff or not, it’s thematically on brand for the evening. With walk-through exhibitions honoring film and television (at the moment, they’ve got everything from a Jim Henson tribute to an immersive exploration into what exactly goes down behind the scenes of a production), an installation inside the museum’s elevators plastered in GIFs, and screenings in their gorgeously glowing geometric theater, you’ll have plenty to do before you even consider sitting down for an actual movie.
Dinner, Movie, Museum
32-17 Steinway Street, Astoria
idk tip: The name translates to “garbage dump.” You know, in case you were wondering.
Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria
idk tip: The museum closes at 5 pm on weekdays and 8 pm on weekends, so keep that in mind when making dinner reservations.