this week's date guide
When it comes to summertime city dates, I try to minimize walking or transit if I can. This humid weather combined with traffic and tourists can be a recipe for disaster, because nothing ruins my mood (and my look) quite like walking and sweating for 20 blocks on my way to lunch. So if you'll find yourself on the Upper East Side with your date anytime soon, here's a quick guide to a convenient date day, all on one block.
1. Heavenly Bodies Exhibit
As much as I hate to admit it, I go absolutely crazy over the Met Gala every year. Celebrity style and gossip is a guilty pleasure of mine, and the Met Gala is like the yearly epitome of this obsession's fulfillment- who showed up, who wore what, who perfectly executed the theme, who completely missed the mark- it's such a glamorous night where the best fashion icons are further challenged in a fun dress up game with special rules to follow (I got lucky this year and ran into Wiz Khalifa leaving his hotel on his way to the red carpet).
Heavenly Bodies was the theme this year. And if you get as excited about outfit-judging as me (if I remember correctly my mom came to stay with me and we took an entire brunch to rank every single gala outfit over gin spritzers), heading to the Metropolitan Museum's actual Heavenly Bodies exhibit itself will be so much fun for you.
Some of the celebrity outfits we checked out over brunch for example looked absolutely horrendous to me- until we went to the actual Met gallery. Once I experienced all the historical context, the archaic lines and shapes of clothing, I could truly appreciate the effort these modern designers took to incorporate the details of old-world fashion into 2018 couture. The exhibit will be featured at the Met until Oct 8, 2018- so I implore you, especially if you're a fan of fashion, to take a day to check it out before it's gone.
I've mentioned before what a sucker I am for Instagram-worthy restaurant interiors. I jogged down 84th street while working out a few months ago and absolutely stopped in my tracks when I passed this place- how absolutely stunning and romantic is this exterior? If you don't have time to grab a bite here with your date after the Met, it's the perfect spot for a girly brunch with your gal pals.
They offer a wonderful prix fixe menu for weekend brunch, so it's the perfect place to stop after lots of wandering during your museum visit - think riccota pancakes with maple syrup and all you can drink mimosas. And forget all the walking in this heat- you can practically see the Met from the restaurant's front door.