So date night this week was a high school friend’s birthday party but hopefully it will still translate into some fun, inexpensive NY date spots for you. I’m dating myself now because I was in High school in the mid 80’s, hence this blog title.
Anyway, my husband and I headed into the city and stopped to get her a birthday present first. There were two places that I knew my friend would love because she’s very creative and spiritual. The first was a place called Beads of Paradise. It has beads, artwork, knitted whimsical creations, really original jewelry and lots of spiritual sparkly pictures of Vedic gods and goddesses like Lakshmi and Ganesh. Anyway, I got her a small painting of one of Frida Kahlo’s works and I knew that she’d love it. She’s an artist. I mentioned this place in here because I think it would be a fun stop on a date, just to look at all the colors and textures and handmade objects from all over the world. The NY Times did an article on it that I’m posting it below. The other place we stopped was Urban Outfitters, just to browse. They have such cute Christmas gifts now including ornaments for $8-$10 that include cupcakes, donuts, Budweiser or Diet Coke cans. They have fun table top Christmas trees in red or blue and lots of other fun little gift ideas like snow globes that you can put a picture in for $6. So, an expensive date idea is to wonder around to a few cute stores in the village and give each other Christmas/Chanukah shopping ideas. It reminded me of my high school days when my girlfriends and I had time to wonder around and leisurely shop!
Then we went to dinner at a place called Bun Soho on Grand Street that I found on Groupon. It was a lovely little spot, with orange walls and gold décor, with buddhas and green plants and soft lighting. I enjoyed the ambiance and the food was good. The place has garnered some good food reviews. We had two dinner entrees and ice teas for $18, which is cheap in Manhattan. And most entrees range from $10-$12 there anyway.
Bless my husband for finding new parking spots easily for each of these stops.
Next we met up with my friend and her party which started at Ivy Bakery. This was a cozy place with delicious inexpensive deserts. I had an oreo cupcake for $3 and my husband had a scone for $3. It’s a cash only spot but you could probably take a date, get 2 deserts and 2 coffees for $14. The other cute thing was that there was a dj that night that set the musical mood while we ate. They also have a stack of free board games. I’m posting the website so you can check it out.
Our last stop was an 80’s night at The Pyramid, a bar and disco club. This was a total flashback with songs by Madonna, Depeche Mode and the B 52s. My friend had them play Happy Birthday from the film soundtrack “Sixteen Candles” as we all boogied down in a circle, just like in high school. There was a disco ball and the songs brought back great memories. Drinks at the bar came in these small plastic cups and ranged from $3-$10 I think. The cover charge to get in was $6 and there’s a $2 coat check. Remember this is cash only too. My husband and I had a great time dancing. So, if you want to feel young, check out The Pyramid and go dancing on a Saturday 80’s night.
If you do window shopping, have dinner at Bun Soho, desert at Ivy Bakery and then dancing at the Pyramid, I’m guessing it could run you $46 for a marathon 80’s date for two, which is pretty good (of course this doesn’t include alcoholic drinks, which would be more).
I’m posting some pics and contact Info for these date spots below.
Happy Birthday Rachel!
And Happy Dating to you all!
My Best in Love,
Beads of Paradise
16 East 17th St.
NY, NY 10003
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/12/fashion/shows/12CRITIC.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=Beads+Of+Paradise&st=nyt&oref=slogin–NY Times review
143 Grand Street
NY, NY 10013
138 Houston Street (btw. Sullivan & McDougal)
The Pyramid Club
101 Avenue A (btw. 6th and 7th Street)