PLAN DATE: SUN / JAN. 6
Some people think romance is cheesy. Tonight, they’d be right. Murray’s Cheese is hosting a cheese lover’s dream, where you and your S.O. can buddy up to make your very own homemade mozzarella (and, yes, then eat it right after). Not only will you learn everything you’ll need to know about the crowning cheese champ, but you’ll also taste samples that are cento per cento perfecto, knock back endless supplies of wine and bubbly, and bring home your own cheesy bambino. Tickets are $100 (worth it). The class happens regularly, so no worries if you can’t make this one.
Once you’ve hit your year’s quota on cheese, head over to the Bar Next Door at La Lanterna di Vittorio. Here, you can keep the wine flowing, but in a decidedly more intimate setting. This romantic hideaway is dressed in brick and leather, located underground, and serves as a perfect stage for nightly jazz performances (just watch your elbows, as you’ll be side-by-side with the band in this cozy layout). But if you’ve had enough wine, their spiked coffee selection is no joke, with standouts being Tennessee Mud, Mad Monk, and Nikki’s Coffee.
Mozzarella Making at Murray’s Cheese
254 Bleecker Street, Manhattan
idk tip: If the wine gets to your head, they also offer non-alcoholic substitutes, so worry not!
Bar Next Door at La Lanterna di Vittorio
129 Macdougal Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Craving something sweet? Their creamy chocolate martini will. have. you. floored.