Dinner and a movie is so uninspired. Get a little more creative with our art-influenced date ideas (don’t worry, we won’t tell). For more, have a look at our Summer Art Guide.
Rubin Museum of Art: K2 Friday Nights
On Friday nights the Rubin’s Serai café transforms into K2 Lounge, serving pan-Asian tapas with a soundtrack provided by a rotating schedule of DJs and bands. Tour the galleries with your squeeze, then stick around for Caberet Cinema’s classic film screenings, which kick off at 9:30 p.m.
Neue Galerie: Café Sabarsky
Treat your date to kasekrainer bratwurst while surrounded by the works of Klimt and Klee at Neue Galerie’s Café Sabarsky, which offers yummy Viennese cuisine based on the fin-de-siècle Kaffeehaus aesthetic.
Bike to the Cloisters
For a low-key daytime date, bicycle up the Hudson River Greenway to the Met’s elegant outpost in Fort Tyron Park. Pieced together from architectural elements dating from 1100 to 1400 C.E., the Cloisters building is as beautiful as the collection of medieval European art it houses.
The Met Rooftop
Check the weather forecast before taking your honey to the Met’s informal (yet sophisticated) rooftop garden to sip cocktails, gaze upon Central Park, and explore Tomás Saraceno’s mirrored urban landscape, Cloud City.
The High Line
A stroll down Chelsea’s High Line park is a no-brainer on any summer day. Check out its jam-packed calendar for more creative options, such as Lilliput, a group exhibition-cum-scavenger hunt of mini-sculptures, or Uri Aran’s jungle sound installation between 25th and 26th streets.
Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History at the New York Historical Society
Need some liquid courage on your date? This exhibit traces the largely unexplored history of New York’s beer culture with sections dedicated to the social, economic, political, and technological aspects of beer, ale, and porter. The event’s grand finale? A tasting of New York beers, of course.