I’ll be the first to admit that I can be pretty oblivious to the perks of living in my own city. The novelty of living in the city that never sleeps can be remarkably easy to replace with House of Cards (I can’t even tell you how much this show completes me) and a bottle (or two…) of wine. However, when we had friends visit us earlier this year (they were NYC virgins), I was forced to objectively open my eyes and look around me (read: find shit for us to do). I mean, I can’t really expect other people to love (or even truly appreciate) the comfort of my couch as much as we do. Here are some of the things we did—feel free to be proud of my activities-that-don’t-involve-staying-in efforts.
1. Pin it to win it
Am I referring to Pinterest? Usually, yes. Always. However in lieu of being anti-couch (which is where I do my best Pinteresting), I’m instead referring to one of my favorite, long-lost pastimes—bowling! That’s right; we took it to the lanes and threw down. We went to Frames with a group of 6 (so cost wasn’t terrible) and the atmosphere was uh-mazing! Because food is the center of maybe everything I do, we also split a party platter (I don’t like to brag, but my cost-splitting skills are basically ninja-level). Drinks were a little steep, so we only had a couple (we weren’t there too long anyway). All in all, it was time and money well spent—we all said we’d do it again!
2. Hello gelato!
I am one of those people that truly loathe paying full price for anything (my exception: the hair salon—if you skimp here, you regret it instantly…) so it surprised nobody when I told them that this date-night item was the direct result of Groupon. I thought it’d be fun if we took a cooking class of some sort (because, food) but was struggling to find something that wasn’t $100+ per person. Cue: the best day of my life. When I was browsing through Groupon, I found a deal for a two-hour gelato class (ermahgerd gelato!! Ice cream’s sexy, older sister). The whole experience was legitimately a blast from beginning to end—AND you get to take gelato home with you!! Pro-tip: bring a cooler (with ice) and wear comfy shoes.
3. All That Jazz
Admittedly, we splurged a bit for this one—but you can’t visit NYC for the first time and not see a Broadway show. If it’s possible to be in love with an entire cast of people, I’m positive I’m head-over heels for the cast of Chicago. The Cell Block Tango might be one of the best numbers ever, and I have to say—our friends agreed! Going to a show is actually something that my husband and I do on a fairly consistent basis (we’re not completely lethargic…yet…) but it was fun to share the experience with a group. There are endless genres of shows to choose from, so pick one that strikes your fancy and give it a shot!
4. Wo Hop this way
Inspired by my devotion to food (I feel like this needs no explanation) I decided it was basically my job to take our visiting compadres to Chinatown, and introduce them to what could possibly be the best Chinese food in the city. Even though Wo Hop is perpetually busy, it will always and forever be worth the wait. We made sure to sit upstairs (even though the basement is just as badass) because for some reason, I prefer the taste of the food upstairs (this doesn’t need a logical reason, just know that was my thought process). The food is beyond affordable, and the atmosphere is second to none. We were all huge fans of the fried dumplings and the crabs in black bean sauce *drools on keyboard…*.
Please share below…what are your favorite cliche dates?
By: Gwendy Taylor
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