The Un-Date

The DiamondPhoto: Courtesy of James Turek

Microbrews, oversize benches, and old-school arcade games get video-game geeks out of the house and keep the foppery at nil.

The Diamond
Sans attitude, the bartenders give lessons in rare imported beer and a bar game called rubber-ring quoits.

Alligator Lounge
A date at this grimy, tacky pool joint is romantic suicide — but it suits any other occasion where rowdy fun is on the itinerary and you don’t mind a free personal pizza with your drink.

Momofuku Ssäm Bar
Plus-size tables accommodate all of your friends, and you won’t be surrounded by daters—who might be concerned with pieces of pork butt getting stuck in their teeth.

Fette Sau
No sugary sentiments at this buzz-worthy Brooklyn BBQ joint—the drinks come in Mason jars, and the décor is barnlike.

Chelsea Market
This gourmand’s mecca is a fun place to graze in groups; order pad see ew to go from Thai Wholesale and stroll through the meatpacking district.

National Design Museum
Housing a 250,000-piece design collection (including a seventeenth-century Japanese tsuba), this clandestine old mansion is the perfect hideout for playing hooky for the day.

‘The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island’
This surreal Off Broadway hit investigates—among other topics—love in a postmodern world, but as viewed through author/illustrator Ben Katchor’s absurdist, unflinching eye.

Poker: The Ultimate Book, by Assouline.

Rubin Museum Guided Tour
This monument to Himalayan culture offers free romps around its quiet corridors.

For Non-Romantics
Books, cigars, DVDs, and more.


Tom Blunt, 28, freelance writer.
Brian “Tex” Foote, 26, student at Hunter College.
Relationship status: Together for four and a half years.Tom lives in Greenpoint; Tex in Harlem.
V-Day criteria: They’d consider venturing out, if it involves bringing friends.

The Un-Date