I’m going to let you in on a little secret about New York City – some of the best food in the city is actually outside of Manhattan. That’s right, I said it. Great food outside of Manhattan. In the boroughs.
I’m not going to pretend to be an expert on the Brooklyn foodie scene (those Brooklyn people can be even bigger snobs than their Manhattan counterparts). The places I know tend towards the far flung but well known ethnic restaurants in Jackson Heights (Roti Boti -yummy, yummy) or the Russian places on the boardwalk in Brighton Beach. And I’ve even been known to ride the subway for over an hour for a perfect slice of pizza (if you don’t know the place, I’m not telling you).
My feeling is that once you get past date 3 or 4 and you decide, “Gee, I like this person“, then there’s no harm in making plans to hop on the subway and take a long ride together (that’s not something I’d do with someone I wasn’t sure I liked). And there are a lot of advantages to these outer-borough dates. First, you get to go exploring together. Maybe find a place that neither of you have ever been to before. Maybe even try a type of food you’ve never had or wander around a neighborhood you don’t know (and that will surely tell you a lot about a person). And depending on where you go, it might end up being a lot cheaper than going out in Manhattan (this is not true of the Russian places on the boardwalk, they can be ridiculously expensive – but still awesome).
I know that a lot of my NYC area readers actually live outside “the city” (OK – here I am going to give myself away a little bit. I am from a part of the city where we call Manhattan “the city”. You either get it or you don’t). Anyway, I’d love to hear about your favorite local places. The types of places that are worth taking the subway ride from Manhattan on a date. ’cause you know, I’m always looking for new great places.
Tags: Best Date Spots, nyc