July 12-15

Friday Night:

Boqueria: With so many locations around the city, there is bound to be a Boqueria near #yourweekendplans. We checked out their newest location on 40thand 8th, which is actually the perfect place to eat if you’re seeing a Broadway show or if you unfortunately need to be in Times Square. We always have a hard time finding somewhere decent to eat in this area, so we are extremely thankful to Boqueria for opening up here. The decor is modern and open with high ceilings and plenty of natural light (great for taking pics!). We were pleasantly surprised by their happening bar scene with lots of fun drink options. Boqueria is great because of their small plates, so you can try a lot of different menu items and share with your group. We started with the Pan Con Tomate, which is basically the Mexican version of bruschetta. If you like bread and tomatoes, get this! You can also add some meats and cheeses to your Pan Con Tomate order, which we recommend! Our favorite tapas item was the Gambas Al Ajillo: shrimp in garlic and oil. It has a little kick to it, but it’s really not too spicy and they give you plenty of bread to dunk into the delicious garlic, oil, and herb mixture. Pro Tip: DO NOT skip out on dessert here! The nutella churros are to die for, and we could not get enough of the Turron cake, an almond and hazelnut cake with dulce de leche ice cream! Add Boqueria to your list ASAP and thank us later! 

Saturday: 

Spaghetti Incident: Spaghetti Incident, located on the Lower East Side, has two storefronts, one side is solely for takeout and the other is a small sit down restaurant. Depending on your mood, both are great options to start off your Saturday with some serious carbs! They are mostly known for their homemade spaghetti in a cone, which is available at both parts of the restaurant! We tried the Chitarra (homemade mozzarella, basil, and fresh chopped tomato sauce) and the Kale Pesto (kale pesto with walnuts, garlic, and parmigiano in a light cream sauce) in their signature paper cones. Did you know … that eating spaghetti out of a cone is actually easier than eating it from a plate? The curved sides of the cone help guide the strands of spaghetti into a ball around your fork, so you don’t miss a single bite! The pasta is super fresh, with both combos coming out steaming hot and delicious! Whether you want to walk around with your cones in the nice weather or hide out from the heat in their air-conditioned restaurant, both options are #yourweekendplans approved!

 Zenchai Matcha Cafe: Just a 5-minute walk from pasta heaven, you’ll find a matcha focused café with light bites, drinks, and desserts. We sensed the cool vibes from the minute we arrived due to their “good vibes only” neon sign, greenery, and plants hanging from the ceiling. The space is much bigger than most cafes in this area with bright natural light and fun colored walls with plenty of seating options on the ground floor and the floor below. Craving something sweet and refreshing, we knew we were at the right place when we saw matcha and pineapple soft serve on the menu. The colors make for the perfect Instagram swirl, and the actual flavors really hit the spot. The pineapple reminded us of a Dole Whip, and the matcha mixed in nicely. They rotate flavors constantly, but all are guaranteed to be just what you need this summer!  

Saturday Night:

Hey guys! I'm Jordan Scott and I'm the founder of idk tonight— the first platform dedicated to serving the couples of New York City. Being in a relationship is a unique beast, and indecision can plague even the strongest of couples. We design three cohesive dates every night of the week over at idktonight.comso you can just pick and go. Last week, my boyfriend and I took over @YourWeekendPlans' Instagram and brought this great audience along on a date with us. You can recreate our East Village date below!   

Colibri:While we waited for a table to open up at Takahashi (it's very popular for a reason), we strolled over to Colibri for a pre-dinner drink. It was a hot one, and we were feeling like something tropical. Luckily, Colibri is a classy rum bar with seriously delicious cocktails. We grabbed two window seats and got down to business. I ordered the Missionary's Downfall($11) with Don Q Crystal Puerto Rican rum, peach, honey, lemon, pineapple, and mint. It was not only the loveliest shade of green, it was also the perfect combination of sweet and strong. Nick went with one of their refreshing beers. The group next to us were also raving about the daiquiris, so we'll definitely come back and give those a try next time. 

Takahachi:Next, it's time for the main event. If you love good Japanese food and sushi, Takahashi is a brilliant choice. The sushi is fresh, well-portioned and beautifully plated. The service is quick (you never have to wait long to satisfy your hankering) and the vibe is casual. Here's the main thing I need to point out here: the ginger dressing on their house salad is my favorite salad in all of New York City. The ginger dressing is infused with wasabi and I literally would douse it on everything I ever eat if I could. Also, excellent edamame. 

The Blue Quarter:We closed the night out on the hunt for a brand new speakeasy that just opened called The Blue Quarter. We knew it was an unmarked door situation, but we didn't realize that it's actually inside a totally unassuming restaurant. While we lingered outside the restaurant that claimed the same address as the bar, a man came up to us and said "Blue Quarter?" We said "Yes!" and he nodded gravely and said, "Follow me." We followed him inside the restaurant, through the tables and all the way to the back where a big blue door was. He opened it, and it was like stepping into an ancient, candlelit tomb. This spot could probably fit 20 people max and had a super Aladdin vibe to it. We loved the bartenders and the drinks we ordered (mine came in a teapot and I was able to continue refilling my glass!) Though they were pricey, the experience was awesome and we'll definitely come back and bring more couple friends with us. 

Sunday: 

Rosé Mansion:Ready for all your Rosé Dreams to come true? Because this is an actual #RoséAllDaysituation! Use your Sunday to wander about the Rosé Mansion rooms while sipping on rosé from around the world, as each room transports you to a different place and time. You may want to take notes, because along the way you will learn all about the history, science, and economics of our favorite summertime beverage! Tour Ancient Rome, blend your own rosé concoction, and even drink up the liquid courage to swing from a gold chandelier! Tickets are available hereand include entrance to the experience as well as wine samples throughout. Don’t miss the Grand Tasting Lounge (21+ required) for some more glasses, bottles, and snack options afterwards. There you’ll find the largest rosé wine list in the country, paired with cheese or caviar, all while sitting on an indoor pink sand beach. The bar is not open to the public, but as a ticket holder you can hang out as long as you want! Make a reservation in advance, because the mansion is only in New York City until October 7th. 

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