If it’s been a while since you’ve dressed to impress or tried out a new shade of lipstick, now’s your chance: book a date night. No, not the usual date night with your husband, but one with your girlfriends. They’ll notice that you’re wearing new shoes and applaud your success at leaving the house without a trace of spit up or other shmutz on your shirt. Now that’s the kind of attention a momma can really use.
Couple an afternoon of shopping in SoHo with drinks and dinner at The Dutch. The latest clubby spot from Andrew Carmellini offers comfort food with just the right dash of chic. Opened last year, it was the darling of many a “Best of” list. Book a table to feel like you’re still part of the “it” crowd.
131 Sullivan Street, at Prince Street
Biergarten at The Standard
Snag a front-row seat for the fantastic fashion show that is the New York City sidewalk in summer at The Standard’s outdoor Biergarten. Hoist a beer and nibble on classic German fare as you lounge beneath the High Line. Prost, ladies!
848 Washington Street at W. 13th Street
Corkbuzz Wine Studio
Travel around the world without ever leaving your seat as you sip your way from one glorious wine-producing region to the next at Corkbuzz Wine Studio. Opened late last year by Laura Maniec, who holds the distinction of the youngest woman in the world to be named Master Sommelier, it’s a wine bar, restaurant and space for wine education and classes (sign us up!). Mingle with new friends over shared plates at the communal tables or connect with old ones without a single interruption––well, except to order another glass of vino.
13 E. 13th Street, between University Place and Broadway
You deserve more than just half a peanut butter sandwich or mac and cheese castoffs for dinner every once in awhile. Tuck into an expertly cooked butcher steak with garlic butter or fresh diver scallops at Williamsburg’s St. Anselm, paired, of course, with lovely wine and one of the hottest scenes in town.
355 Metropolitan Avenue, at Havemeyer Street
Experience elegance of a bygone era and creative cocktails and just-shucked oysters that are most certainly current at Maison Premiere. This Williamsburg “cocktail den” with raw bar offerings is just right for a late afternoon (or late night) drink and bite.
298 Bedford Avenue, between South 1st and Grand Street
For a wine list compiled by someone who really knows his stuff check out Brookvin. This cozy storefront with exposed brick and tin ceilings is the companion to Park Slope’s bustling wine shop Big Nose, Full Body located across the street. Snack on house made sausages and pickled vegetables as you sip eclectic selections.
318 7th Avenue, near 12th Street
What’s your favorite spot for a mom date? Let us know!
— Laura House