Wondering where to take your next Hinge date? Every month Hinge employees go on dates and review their experience to help get you out on the best possible date.
Hiking along the Hudson
As Bobby Frost once said, when two roads diverge in a yellow wood, the road less travelled will be more Instagramable. So, Lindsey and I decided to rent a car and hike the lesser-known loop just south of Breakneck Ridge called Bull Run.
Dunks and Dumplings
Kanad has been a big fan of the Knicks since he was a kid. He's never gone to a game, so we decided to ball out on good seats to see Knicks vs. Pacers on Halloween.
An Autumnal Bounty: Cider and Cheese
When Rose and I entered the small back room of The Bedford Cheese Shop in Gramercy, we didn’t know what we were in for. As the other three couples shuffled in, we each sat down in one of eight plastic chairs surrounding an enormous, beautiful oak table. In front of all of us were our own personal charcuterie boards topped with four different kinds of cheeses. Further from arm’s reach were six different wine glasses, of which the first three were filled with mysterious pale brown liquids of different shades and opacities. Christine and Jeff, our teachers for the night, greeted us. Jeff, an enthusiastic and aggressively honest epicurean, dazzled us with his sweet potato cocktail (the first of the brown liquids). It was incredible. If you ever have a chance to add sweet potato to a cocktail, you probably should.
After a weekend of Halloween partying, I planned a Sunday date to Sojo Spa in New Jersey for a day of detoxing. Sojo Spa is a Korean bath house with a variety of pools, specialty baths, and saunas. They offer a free shuttle bus from Port Authority, which was super convenient for us.
Japan East Village Tour
We decided to use the date stipend on a tour of Japanese sake & cuisine in the East Village. We tried a selection of sakes at my favorite sake bar in the city: Hi-Collar, a tiny but decadent spot on East 10th street. Because neither of us knew much about sake, I suggested we choose our drinks based on how closely the descriptions matched my personality. We tried one that was “crisp, bright, and delightful” and another that was “sweet and complex.” Andrew suggested we skip the one that was described as “hefty, heavy” (props, Andrew, props).
Human's Best Friend Puppy Pop Up
Hugo (my doggo) , Andrew (my Hinge date - this was our second date), Louis (Andrew’s doggo), and I went to the Human’s Best Friend Pop Up. Imagine Refinery 29’s 29 Rooms but for puppies. The dogs had an absolute blast playing in a giant pit full of puppy toys.
A Whole New World
Eliana and I went to see Aladdin on Broadway. I'd been disappointed that the Disney classic is not available on streaming services and she had suggested we watch it live. It was a lot of fun but nothing life-changing: the costumes and stage are incredible and the comedic characters killed it, but the fight choreography looked like a middle school play and it was datedly sexist.
Kate and I went to The Wrecking Club, where we got to smash dishes and electronics with baseball bats. Not the most romantic thing TBH - but cool if you really need to let out some aggression and don’t mind loud banging sounds.
Caturday in Manhattan
There's a cat cafe on Clinton St on the Lower East Side called Koneko. It's a fully-functional cafe, complete with Japanese treats like okinomayaki, but the real draw is the couple dozen cats they have lounging about across two floors and an outdoor “catio.” Armed with my “How to Draw Cats and Kittens Book,” my girlfriend Kristen and I grabbed some sketch pads and headed down to Koneko.
The Great Speakeasy Crawl
We started at Beauty and Essex, which is a rather lavish, famous bar behind a pawn shop. I would recommend going before 6pm so you can get a nice seat and enjoy the people-watching.
You, Me, and the Zoo
My friend and I wanted to spend the day together outside, so we decided to wander around Central Park. We started at the Plaza Food Hall (an adorable hidden food hall under the Plaza Hotel on Central Park South - definitely recommend checking it out if you haven’t been) and got drinks at a cute bar there. After we picked up a bottle of wine to bring to the park.
Saturday in Sleepy Hollow
The year was 1790. The setting was a sequestered glen nestled within the Hudson River Valley countryside. "A drowsy, dreamy influence seemed to hang over the land, and to pervade the very atmosphere," Washington Irving would later write. It was from this time and place that the Legend of Sleepy Hollow was born. For 228 years the ghostly tale of the headless horsemen has haunted the residents of this old Dutch settlement. As an autumn chill settled upon the Hudson, my date and I set out to investigate.
It all started out with an afternoon argument and some trash talking.