This past holiday, I was brainstorming a present for Alex (beer-of-the-month club? a book? yet another tie?) when my friend Linsey had an idea: She was giving her husband a Year of Dates. “I’m trying to get out of our normal rut,” she said. Every month, she would plan a creative date and handle all the logistics. Such a great gift, right?
Inspired, I decided to do the same thing for Alex. Here’s my basic plan of attack (we’ve done the first two)…
January: Watch people tell short personal stories — sometimes heartbreaking, often funny — on stage at The Moth.
February: Channel your inner octogenarian and play shuffleboard at Royal Palms.
March: Go for dim sum at The Golden Unicorn in Chinatown. Two words: Pork buns.
April: Stroll through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden during the annual cherry blossom festival.
May: See a movie at Nitehawk Cinema, which serves drinks and dinner right to your seat. (Or go to any old movie and sneak in Chipotle:)
July: Go swimming at Rockaway Beach, which is in Queens but feels a million miles away from NYC.
September: Eat fried calamari and shrimp with feta at Taverna Kyclades, which is arguably the best Greek food in Astoria, Queens.
October: Laugh until you cry at Upright Citizens Brigade’s ASSSSCAT improv show featuring SNL regulars, including Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz. Insider tip: Make reservations early, they book up fast.
November: Cozy up at home, once the kids are in bed, and make a special-to-you dish. (For us, it’s cacio e pepe, the dish we had on our honeymoon.)
December: Make your head explode at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel, where magician Steve Cohen ACTUALLY DOES MAGIC. It’s crazy.
Cherry blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
Dim sum at the Golden Unicorn
What would you add to the list? Would love to hear any other recommendations!