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The Date-Night Dossier

Your friends have skipped town, the kids are at camp—you and your significant other shouldn’t spend every night binge-watching Orange Is the New Black. Here, itineraries to get you out on the town, plus the summer’s nightly goings-on. For more ideas and date-specific discounts, visit New York for Two, our curated collection of date experiences.


“Rain Room” at MoMA.  

A Rendezvous for Every Couple

The Lower East Side Avant-Gardists
Crash happy hour ($2 beers, $3 grilled cheese) at gallerista bar Café Dancer* (96 Orchard St., nr. Broome St.; 212-677-1808). Listen to ambient noise at salonlike music space Spectrum* (121 Ludlow St., nr. Delancey St., second fl.;

The Harlem Historians
Explore the sites of “Activist East Harlem” with a Museum of the City of New York* walking tour (call 917-492-3395 for more info). Revel in live jazz and Harlem Mules at Ginny’s Supper Club (310 Lenox Ave., nr. 125th St.; 212-421-3821).

The Flushing Adventurers
Take an archery lesson at the Queens Archery Range* (170-20 39th Ave., Flushing; 718-461-1756). Cool off with Taiwanese shaved ice at Snopo in the New World Mall Food Court (40-21 Main St., nr. Roosevelt Ave., Flushing; 718-353-1655).

The Consummate Bushwickians
Warm up with wine punch at British-themed bar Dear Bushwick (41 Wilson Ave., at Melrose St., Bushwick; 929-234-2344). Nestle in for a prix fixe tasting at the tiny Blanca (261 Moore St., nr. Bogart St., Bushwick; 646-703-2715).

The Buzz-Seeking Midtowners
Brave the mobs and walk through the “Rain Room” installation, open till July 28, at the Museum of Modern Art (11 W. 53rd St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-708-9400). Slurp housemade ramen at the nearby Totto Ramen (366 W. 52nd St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-582-0052).

The Upper East Side Traditionalists
Sip classy cocktails in a dark corner at Bemelmans Bar in the Carlyle Hotel (35 E. 76th St., nr. Madison Ave.; 212-744-1600). Fill up on pasticcio all’Amatriciana, i.e., lasagna, a few blocks south at the recently opened Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto Il Ristorante (903 Madison Ave., nr. 73rd St.; 212-517-7700).

The Red Hook Nostalgists
Stuff your face with crustaceans and play a round of mini-golf at Brooklyn Crab (24 Reed St., nr. Conover St., Red Hook; 718-643-2722). Catch a riverside outdoor screening (like the seminal teen movie Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, on August 27) in Valentino Pier park (Ferris St., bet. Coffey and Van Dyke Sts., Red Hook,

The Outdoorsy Greenpointers
Picnic on the Transmitter Park lawn (West St. bet. Kent St. and Greenpoint Ave., Greenpoint) with General Tso’s seitan sandwiches from No. 7 Sub (931 Manhattan Ave., nr. Kent St., Greenpoint; 718-389-7775). Take a canoe out at the North Brooklyn Boat Club (49 Ash St., at McGuinness Blvd., Greenpoint;

At sea with the North Brooklyn Boat Club.  

The Astoria TV Fanatics
See the tighty-whities worn by TV’s meth master at a Breaking Bad exhibit opening July 26 at the Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave., Astoria; 718-777-6888). Knock back cocktails at the Astor Room* (34-12 36th St., Astoria; 718-255-1947), the old Paramount Studios cafeteria (now home to Kaufman-­Astoria Studios).

The Kips Bay Comedy Aficionados
Catch the city’s alt-comedy stalwarts (Janeane Garofalo, Wyatt Cenac, and Judah Friedlander) and up-and-comers alike at the Stand* (239 Third Ave., nr. 20th St.; 212-677-2600). Split the meat loaf at newly opened comfort-food joint Kipsey’s (438 Second Ave., nr. 25th St.; 646-590-3410).

*Save up to 65 percent at these venues and others when you book your date at New York for Two.

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