PLAN DATE: FRI / APR. 26
Tonight’s date will bring you a taste of Middle Eastern cuisine on the Upper West Side. Start out with a low-key, but tasty bite at Minzon North. This newly-opened spot is the second location for Israeli celebrity chef Eyal Shani. With the original location at Chelsea Market, this new joint means you can enjoy the food without navigating through crowds of tourists. It might be billed as quick, casual dining, but the cuteness levels inside will make it ideal for your date night. With a chalkboard wall, exposed brick and an array of hanging lights, the space is modern with a little touch of quirkiness. Choose from different fillings for their pitas, or you can share some of their larger dishes, like the chicken schnitzel and whole roasted cauliflower—they’re crowd favorites.
Afterward, head over to the New-York Historical Society for a dose of arts and culture. Founded in 1804, the Society was New York’s first museum. With a primary focus on American history, they’ve also been known for their more contemporary, engaging exhibitions like Harry Potter: A History of Magic, which closed in January. Right now they have exhibits on everything from comics to Tiffany’s lampshades to Hudson Valley landscapes—it’s the perfect spot to discover something new. On Friday nights, the museum is open until 8 p.m. so you can take your time and have a leisurely stroll through the galleries.
Upper West Side
161 West 72nd Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Create your own Chef’s Table by sitting side-by-side at the bar.
New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West, Manhattan
idk tip: Friday nights are “pay what you wish” nights (read: free). If you’re planning a visit for any other night of the week—find their hours & pricing here.