PLAN DATE: FRI / MAY 17
Start off your evening with a romantic dinner at Gemma, the Italian trattoria inside the Bowery Hotel. Gemma nails a rustic-chic atmosphere with white-painted brick walls, elaborate arches, wood ceilings, and iron-wrought chandeliers that cast a warm glow over the entire restaurant. They focus on simple yet elegant dishes, with shaved artichoke salad and delicate spinach raviolini side-by-side with Italian classics like scallops fra diavolo and margarita pizza. No Italian meal is complete without wine, but they also offer a short list of inventive cocktails, like the oh-so-refreshing Italian Garden.
Never Sleep Alone delivers a sexy and hilarious take on self-help gurus and the cultish behavior they inspire. Hosted by Roslyn Hard in character as Dr. Alex Schiller, a “sexual evangelist”, this show is part inspiring TED Talk and part musical comedy. Audience members will be coerced into making out with strangers and a live band will play sensual songs all in the hopes of changing your life for the sexier. Along with readings from Dr. Schiller’s “best-selling book”, the night will cap off with an after-party at a nearby lounge so you can show your partner all the seductive dance tips you’ve learned.
NoHo / East Village
The Bowery Hotel, 335 Bowery, Manhattan
idk tip: Save room for the less traditional but still amazing Nutella calzone.
Never Sleep Alone
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Choose a “voyeur” ticket if you don’t want to be roped into the shenanigans.