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Lower East Side

This Date Night Mixes Activism with Fun at a Volunteer-Run Bookstore and a Japanese Garden Full of Games

  • Active
  • Books
  • Coffee
  • Drinks
  • Food
  • Outdoors

Tonight, give New York a little extra love. Begin your night at the volunteer-run bookshop and cafe Bluestockings Bookstore on the Lower East Side. They regularly host readings, workshops, performances, discussions, films, and more dedicated to social activism. Tonight, we recommend you stroll through the stacks hand in hand, pick a few new reads, and enjoy a drink while people-watching in their cozy seating area before part II of this evening.

Up the mood a little bit at Blue Ribbon Kanpai Garden, an outdoor rooftop oasis with traditional Japanese street food, frozen and boozy popsicles, house-made ramen, board games, ping-pong...must we go on? This place is the definition of fun. Located on the 2nd floor of the Sixty LES Hotel, Blue Ribbon has 1,650 square feet of communal tables surrounded by greenery, bamboo, & buddhas (we think that sounds pretty romantic). They have a bunch of fun snacks like Peking duck tacos, grilled corn with miso butter, and more. Worried about cold weather? They have a three-season weather-enduring tent for that exact reason. Cuddle up, lovers.

Bluestockings Bookstore

172 Allen Street, Manhattan

Blue Ribbon Kanpai Garden

190 Allen Street, Floor 2, Manhattan

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