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Get Cultured and Start Your Date Night at This Best-Kept-Secret of the NYC Art Scene

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Instead of kicking off date night with drinks or appetizers, how about starting with a stroll through one of NYC’s less mainstream art galleries? The Sidney Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College is an appropriately intimate space for you and yours, ripe with over 300 works of art in their permanent collection alone, as well as a series of rotating exhibitions that include an eclectic range of works from 20th- and 21st-century artists. Exhibition hours typically run from 2 to 7 p.m. during the week, but consider calling ahead to double check on any changes with their current exhibitions. This space has showcased some brilliant works, from artists like Marcel Sternberger, Thomas Child, and Kenneth Munowitz.

Now that you’re good and cultured, carry that appreciation of the arts over to Leonelli Taberna for dinner. This mid-century, Roman-inspired trattoria is a piece of art itself, from its preserved floor constructed in 1905 to its scattered gold accents, forest green leather booths, and splashes of textured subway tile. You’ll be happy to know that the lavish attention to detail extends all the way to its menu, with standout options including their Polpo, Gnoccho alla Romana, and Bloody Butcher Polenta. Just be sure to top everything off with their Torta di Limone, because it’s basically edible heaven.

Sidney Mishkin Gallery

135 E 22nd Street, Manhattan

Leonelli Taberna

7 E 27th Street, Manhattan

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