PLAN DATE: THURS / JUNE 28
Every once in a while, a 3-parter date night is in order. Tonight, that three-parter includes discounted pasta, game show comedy and an imitation speakeasy. Bear with us. First up, is Ornella Trattoria — an authentic Italian joint down the street from this evening’s main event. On Thursday nights, Ornella does $10 pasta night which is “A GODDAMN STEAL” (in the words of tonight’s host, Zoe Yellen).
Then, the good times really start rolling. What do you get when you combine a “Double Dare” style game show with stand up, sketch comedy, and booze? Truth Serum. Every 4th Thursday of the month, catch host Zoe Yellen (the pasta connoisseur mentioned above) with three of her most daring friends completing outlandish tasks and answering trivia questions. In between rounds, they throw in some stand-up and sketch comedy so you’ll be sure to leave with all of your comedy desires satisfied.
To close out the night, Zoe also recommends trying out The Last Word, a bar that used to be a speakeasy but is now an upscale cocktail lounge. They’ve got live music multiple nights a week (soul, rhythm and blues every Thursday), and though it’s a little bit more on the expensive side, the sexy vibes make it well worth it.
Dinner, Comedy, Drinks
Can Get Pricey
29-17 23rd Avenue, Astoria, Queens
idk tip: Get there by 7/7:30 to guarantee you’ll have time to eat and make it to the 9 p.m. show.