PLAN DATE: MON / JUNE 24
Inspired by their lush homeland in South Korea, the chefs at Zusik prepare an alluring mix of traditional and fusion Korean dishes that’ll seriously make your pallet dance. Perfectly seared beef rolls, braised pork belly with kimchi salad, pork rinds with chicken liver mousse and pine nuts, spicy rice cakes, and beef short ribs with truffle mashed potatoes—it’s a meat lover’s paradise. The sleek, spare space is where you want to be while indulging, and with $13 specialty cocktails, you know your appetites will be sufficiently satisfied.
When you’ve had your fill of tender meats and downed enough delicious cocktails, head over to legendary jazz club Village Vanguard and catch a riveting Monday night performance by the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Playing continuously since 1966, the band will soothe your souls and seduce the mood into one of smooth, sexy romance while the lights go low around you and your love. Get there early for a good seat, sit close, and let the marvelous music do its thing.
202 West 14th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Portions tend to be on the smaller side, so make sure and load up on those shareable small plates.
178 7th Avenue, Manhattan
idk tip: There’s a one drink minimum, but we suggest avoiding the wine and settling for a good beer.