PLAN DATE: SUN / JAN. 27
Get ready for a classy, romantic evening in Long Island City that begins with Peruvian cocktails and specialties from Jora. This elegant spot delivers high-quality authentic eats where you’ll want to start off with an order of ceviche paired with one of their craft pisco cocktails. Stick with the classic Sour—or try one of their more inventive concoctions like the Kanilla, which lists Xocolatl Mole Bitters among its ingredients. Their entrees cover both land and sea, but you’ll never go wrong with the Lomo Saltado—top sirloin with a tomato and onion stir-fry, served with both potatoes and rice. Staying true to traditional flavors and ingredients, the flavor of each dish will be surprisingly complex and leave you wanting more.
After dinner, take a stroll to the waterfront to enjoy a nightcap at BLVD Wine Bar. With a solid drink menu filled with thoughtfully curated list of wines, cocktails and craft beers, you’re sure to find something you like at this chic, yet unpretentious bar. And if you’re not sure where to begin, the knowledgeable staff is on hand to help you. If you really want to go all out, get their guidance on one of their 60+ bottles. Uncork it, let it breathe, and then sip it slowly, while you cozy up for the night.
Long Island City
47-46 11th Street, Queens
idk tip: Get more bang for your buck by sharing a few of appetizers and then splitting a main.
BLVD Wine Bar
4720 Center Boulevard, Queens
idk tip: As an easy place to start, try a glass of their house wine on tap.