PLAN DATE: TUES / AUG. 28
First, we’re going to keep things casual, but delicious at Lions & Tigers & Squares. Serving up Detroit-style pizza (rectangular, thick crust, heavy on the toppings), this low-key, counter service pizza joint may not seem fancy on the surface, but the flavor speaks for itself. And if you can snag one of the standing tables, consider yourself lucky, but also consider this as an opportunity to have a classic NYC moment: strolling through the city with a slice of pizza in one hand and your S.O.’s hand in the other. That’s textbook local romance, people.
After you’ve hit your quota on pies, make your way to Barracuda Bar. This vibrant gay bar makes up for all the bells and whistles you missed out on during dinner, with disco balls, a glowing neon bar backdrop, and a stage for the occasional drag show. The atmosphere is energetic and inclusive, and the crowd’s outgoing vibe is contagious. Some date nights end up with some romantic downtime—but tonight is the exception.
Dinner, Drinks, Drag
Lions & Tigers & Squares
268 W 23rd Street, Manhattan
idk tip: For all the meat-eaters out there, we recommend the pepperoni pie… with additional pepperoni. Because pepperoni.
275 West 22nd Street, Manhattan
idk tip: If you like the vibe, but still just want to sit back and sip on drinks, there’s a lounge area in the back. (Just get there before it fills up.)