It sounds like a clichéd evening, but there’s a “New York way” to do this classic date night. And it doesn’t even have to be a date night! Treat yourself! Take your mom! Bring a friend!
I started the evening at La Petite Abeille with my sister, mom, brother-in-law, and baby niece. This tiny Belgian restaurant is a family favorite. This was the first time we had brought the littlest Kloepfer family member there with us, and we learned that they had a kids menu that we had never seen before. Our waiter, Benjamin, a native of Lyon, couldn’t have been nicer. His thick, beautiful French accent made every dish on the menu sound even more exquisite. As a whole, my table ordered the roasted chicken, salmon burger, steak frites, the speghetti bolo, and a grilled cheese for the little one. While not a family-style restaurant, we all shared our dishes, loving our individual dishes so much that we wanted everyone else to experience them.
What made the evening even more special? It was half-priced bottles of wine night! Other weekly specials include 1/2 priced beer, all you can eat mussels, and lobster night. While it’s one of my favorites for nightlife, they’re a top spot for lunch and brunch as well.
From there–17th between 5th and 6th–I ventured to Mad46 Rooftop Lounge for an outdoor screening of Batman (The awesome Tim Burton/Michael Keaton one). While still in the “outdoor summer movie” genre like those at Bryant Park or Roosevelt Island, this was a bit ritzier. It felt oh so swanky to be sipping cocktails on a roof while watching a movie on a hot summer night. But movie screenings like this don’t have to be fancy! Check out this list of screenings going on all summer!
The duo of dinner and movie should take you around the clock from about 7 to 11, which is a great weeknight adventure! If you’ve tried any of the other outdoor movie venues, comment below, and tell me about it! What’s your best dinner and a movie to date?
Until next week, New York!
And remember! Tonight’s lobster night at La Petite Abeille!