Kids in their 20s don't date -- they hook up. But sometimes you still want to court someone, you just don't want to go with traditional methods of heavy Italian dinners and red roses. Take your date to a crazy show they'll remember because they didn't fall asleep, contradancing at the Waterfront Museum Barge, rock-climbing at Chelsea Piers, or out to make your own wine at Brooklyn Winery or your own custom-tailored perfume at CB I Hate Perfume.
I get all my friends' birthday cakes at this quirky little Italian dessert parlor that has sat on this corner since Williamsburg was Italian. It's also my spot of choice for evening snacks of beautiful marzipan and espresso. The gelato is also deliciously creamy.
Spinning hula hoop goddesses, masked circus performers and lithe modern dancers collide in this truly avant-garde dance practice and performance space. Cirque This! holds their regular quirky circus performances here.
Long lines curve around the soccer field for pupusas, tortas, tacos, ceviche, agua fresca, elote, and platanos at this food cart heaven.
Tandem is one of those places I end up at after I said I was going to go home two hours ago. The tiny back room is a fun dancefloor for a young, hip crowd that just wants to sweat and dance, and the front room is great for drinking, mingling and brunch.
The first time I stumbled upon Brooklyn Winery, there were actual grapes hanging on a vine not too far from the entrance. It felt like ... viticultural serendipity. All signs pointed to this large, beautiful space, with a large back patio, multiple rooms, a photo booth with costumes, an impressive selection of wines, and a host of classes, from tasting to making. And then someone told me AC/DC made wine there together. That's it, Brooklyn Winery. You're a magical place.
You might see legendary New York performance artists like Julie Atlas Muz under P.S. 122's spotlight, or you might see a tribute to beloved 80s/90s performance artist Tom Murrin. Being a member has been worth it for me -- check out membership prices online.
A beautiful old-school bar, this Red Hook joint will charm you with its vintage decorations, strong drinks and cute back patio.