PLAN DATE: SUN / SEP. 23
First, remove any expectations you might have concerning BBQ food when you enter Holy Ground. This new addition to the neighborhood (which refers to itself as “New York steakhouse meets Smokehouse”) is fashioned after vintage speakeasies, down to its underground setting, smokers lounge aesthetic, and early 20th century-set black and white photos. So, basically, you won’t soon find fellow guests spilling sauce on themselves. Everything from their slow smoked Kurobuta pork shoulder to the wagyu brisket fits the high-end hook, though the dimly lit setting and dark mahogany-and-red leather decor will no doubt hide any accidents.
After dinner, let’s scale back on the fanciness and chow down on some next-level style Ring Dings at Ring Ding Bar. Instead of opting for the classic Hostess variety, these homemade variants are works of ingenuity, ditching the classic chocolate and cream flavor for colorfully elevated options like Pistachio Raspberry, Chilito, Matcha, and Nutella (though they do have Classic Chocolate if you’re feeling nostalgic). This bakery is cozy, charming, and colorful, but if you have trouble landing a seat, don’t stress—these treats are perfect for city strolls with your S.O.
112 Reade Street, Manhattan
idk tip: We highly recommend you kick off your meal with their spicy beef jerky and house pickles.
Ring Ding Bar
179 Duane Street, Manhattan
idk tip: These mini cakes are some of the most photogenic in the city, so definitely get a gorgeous shot to show off on Insta before devouring.