PLAN DATE: WEDS / MAR. 21
Who said date night needs to be all about glitz and glam? Gray’s Papaya is the kind of place that all New Yorkers ought to have tried at least once, so tonight, you’re going to share the experience together. Its bright yellow sign is impossible to miss, but if you’re having trouble finding the place, just follow your nose. While other lovebirds are dining over candlelit dinners, you two will be scarfing down dogs under a neon glow.
After you’ve eaten, arm-in-arm it over to Levain Bakery for some sweet, sweet goodness. With cookies that are just short of being literally to die for, there’s no way to go wrong with their baked amazingness. The vibe here is casual, cozy, and dangerously tempting, so don’t say you haven’t been warned. Whether you’re looking for something as simple as walnut sticky buns or as filling as bomboloncini (because they have filling—get it?), you’ve come to the right place. Just keep in mind that they close at 7pm.
Upper West Side
2090 Broadway, Manhattan
idk tip: This place is as much about hot dogs as it as about their juices, so don’t neglect their many options. Drinks and dogs are kind of an unofficial twofer here.
167 West 74th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: If you end up having severe withdrawal after tonight, they have a live “Line Cam” on their website to remind you of better days.