PLAN DATE: TUES / JUL. 17
Instead of kicking off date night with drinks or appetizers, go low-key with a stroll through one of NYC’s less mainstream art galleries. The Sidney Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College is an appropriately intimate space for you and yours, ripe with over 300 works of art in their permanent collection alone, as well as a series of rotating exhibitions that include an eclectic range of works from 20th and 21st-century artists. Exhibition hours typically run from 2-7 p.m. during the week, but consider calling ahead to double check on any changes with their current exhibitions. This space has showcased some brilliant works, from artists like Marcel Sternberger, Thomas Child, and Kenneth Munowitz.
Now that you’re good and cultured, carry that appreciation of the arts over to Leonelli Taberna for dinner. This mid-century, Roman-inspired trattoria is a piece of art itself—consisting of half-preserved/half-contemporary architecture, ranging from its preserved floor constructed in 1905 to its scattered gold accents, forest green leather booths, and splashes of textured subway tile.
You’ll be happy to know that the lavish attention to detail extends all the way to its menu, with standout options including their Polpo (grilled octopus, artichokes, fingerlings, castelvetrano olives, and mint), Gnoccho alla Romana (with braised oxtail vaccinara), and Bloody Butcher Polenta (with mascarpone and parmigiano reggiano). Just be sure to top everything off with their Torta di Limone (with lemon curd, pine nuts, and strawberry sorbetto), because it’s basically edible heaven.
Sidney Mishkin Gallery
135 E 22nd Street, Manhattan
idk tip: The gallery also offers special talks from time to time, so check to see if one of them lines up with when you choose to visit.
7 E 27th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Definitely start off dinner with some of their Tigelles (flatbreads with savory spreads). You have a choice between charred eggplant, smoked salmon, anchovy and dill pollen, chicken liver pâté, and marsala and pistachios.