PLAN DATE: MON / OCT. 29
Sometimes, it’s best to keep things classic. With a wide open space and a rustic setting, complete with brick archways, old-fashioned farmhouse tables, and some textbook-coziness Italian countryside vibes, Morandi feels like a legitimate getaway. We’re especially obsessed with the homespun menu, with traditional dishes given an elevated punch (shout out to the gamberi e melone and orata alla griglia, which is served full and on the bone) and maintaining the overall visual richness of the restaurant.
After dinner, take casual to a whole other level at Julius’. This little dive bar in the heart of the Village is considered the oldest gay bar in the entire city, and the love is apparent the second you walk in. With super low-key digs, the interior decor may not seem especially impressive, but it’s the history that makes this place worth the trip. Photos of gay icons line the walls, there’s no shortage on rainbow stripes, and you’ll have to keep an eye out for their classic line drawing of naked male patrons. This is city history.
211 Waverly Place, Manhattan
idk tip: It may not sound fancy, but definitely leave room for their homemade sugar donuts. You’ll never forgive yourself if you don’t.
159 West 10th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: There is usually live music happening here, so be sure to stick around.