A few years back, I decided my partner and I needed a romantic reboot to ring in the New Year.
Unfortunately, since I’d come up with this brilliant plan three days before New Year’s Eve, my options for finding perfection were about as promising as Freddy Mercury rising from the dead to serenade us. Inside our trailer-turned-cabin sat a heart-shaped tub, sure. There was no horseback riding, no fishing, no hiking trails, and no continental breakfast. Since then, I’ve learned that advance planning has its benefits — and I’m passing this gift on to you.
The only challenge: Finding anniversary date ideas that aren’t an absolute cliché.
And as an added bonus, your abs will get a killer workout from the loud laughing you’ll be doing.
Hit up the New Feelings Marigny Cafe, Bar & Courtyard Lounge for the city’s most unique, four-course New Year’s Bali Hai-themed dinner.
It’s a beach-inspired event that will have your taste buds tapping and your toes curling with delicious delight.
Bonus: they’re doing a special day-after-Valentine’s brunch on February 15th in case you're in need of Bloody Mary-soaked, you-screwed-up-Valentine's-Day redemption. There’s something so much more secretive and alluring about checking out a museum at 3am than at 3pm, plus it would make a pretty showstopping surprise, go get a little boozy at a bar in Midtown, then walk your date to the Mo MA without explanation. Some may consider an unheated rooftop bar inhospitable in winter months, but I like to think of outdoor drinking in sub-freezing temperatures as a personal challenge.
For the final weekend of the Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs show, Mo MA is staying open all... Spyglass has been regularly offering some obscenely good mulled cider specials to help warm you up, and truth be told, the bar itself is actually completely enclosed, so the outdoor drinking part is thoroughly optional.