Try a Museum and a Garbage Dump, But Make it Trendy
At El Basurero, the Colombian influence is as authentic as it is eclectic. The menu is traditionally Latin American with options like beef stew and tongue as well as guacamole with green plantains, but the obvious draw here is the overall look. Vintage barber chairs and sewing machines line the walls, bicycles hang from the ceiling, and every inch is saturated in color— the name translates to “garbage dump,” you know, in case you were wondering. Think of it as an eat-in antique shop laced with your fair share of visual stimulants.
Next, give classic movie dates a spin at the Museum of the Moving Image. It’s a place that loves movies as much as you two love each other, so, whether you’re a film buff or not, it’s thematically on-brand for the evening. With walk-through exhibitions honoring film and television, an installation inside the museum’s elevators plastered in GIFs, and screenings in their gorgeously glowing geometric theater, you’ll have plenty to do before you even consider sitting down for an actual movie.
32-17 Steinway Street, Astoria
Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria