Friday, October 19, 2012

A Gentleman’s Guide to Sweetest Day

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 6:32 AM

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Three Sweet Sweetest Day Dates

If you are like most men, Sweetest Day is one of those “Hallmark Holidays” that sneaks up and catches you unprepared. To prevent that from happening this year, I have put together three “turnkey” Sweetest Day dates. Each of these offerings is designed so that all you’re required to do is park, walk and enjoy. Whichever option you choose will definitely not disappoint, and I guarantee you’ll end the evening smelling like roses.

Gordon Square

This date you will want to start earlier in the evening by grabbing some appetizers at XYZ Tavern. It’s a cool, trendy spot with a lot of great upscale bar food. In the interests of sharing, I would try one of XYZ’s Cured Meat and Cheese boards. Once your tummy is coated, head over to the Capitol Theater for a movie. A little-known feature of the theater is its bar, which allows you to enjoy an adult beverage along with the film. Afterward, I would suggest finishing the night at one of two places — Stone Mad Pub or Sweet Moses. At Stone Mad Pub you can close the night with a delicious piece of New York Carnegie Deli’s cheesecake while playing a game of Bocce. My other choice, the delightful Sweet Moses, is a vintage ice cream parlor where you can split a customized homemade ice cream sundae with two spoons. I would recommend letting her have the cherry.

East 4th St.

Start the night off by ducking into Kevin’s Martini Bar, located in the very cozy lower level of Pickwick and Frolic’s, for a fantastic cocktail. The Pineapple Upside Down Cake Martini will be a hit while sharing some Sauteed Mussels. Then head a few doors away to Saigon. This establishment is a hidden gem in the middle of East 4th. The atmosphere is trendy, and the food flavors are explosive. I would highly recommend the Chicken Cabbage Salad or any of the Spring Rolls. Both of those dishes are very tasty and light, and will keep your energy right where it needs to be for your final stop. Take a quick left out the front door and a few steps away hit the lanes at The Corner Alley. Bowling at this modern alley is a great complement to the night that enables both of you to enjoy a lively date activity.

Little Italy

Located in the center of Little Italy, the corner restaurant La Dolce Vita offers a romantic starting point. The staff and managers are very friendly, and the bar is intimate enough so you can enjoy a nice glass of wine. Save your appetite and head across the street to Mama Santa’s. This may not be a fancy restaurant, but it has a ton of character and the food is dynamite. I would suggest starting off with the antipasto and then splitting a delicious pizza. You can never go wrong with choosing foods on a date that you both can share. (I would suggest letting your date pick the toppings.) Finally, don’t forget to save room for dessert; it is really an injustice to leave Little Italy without a cannoli. Hop across the street and grab a bistro table at Corbos Bakery, where splitting dessert will provide a great ending to Sweetest Day.

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