Photograph taken by our out-of-this-word wedding photographer Rick Collins.
Andrew and I prefer to opt out of the New York restaurant scene on V-Day. It’s not that we don’t love a good meal or this (slightly cheesy) holiday, it’s just that neither of us can stand paying $70 a person for a meal that would be $25 a person any other night. Instead we plan to spend the night eating some delicious delivery or picking up something from the new Mexican food-cart turned restaurant down the block and snuggling on the couch. Hopefully we’ll be able to finish up the final season of Big Love, nothing like watching a show about polygamy to make your marriage feel nice and uncomplicated!
I have to admit, I’m a bit of a hermit. I love a good night out with friends but I also require a huge amount of downtime. Lucky for me my husband also enjoys a good night in. Many of our “date nights” are spent eating yummy delivery and watching a marathon of whatever TV show we are obsessed with at the time. But sometimes you just have to get out of the house. Saturday night was one of those nights – I wanted to DO something. The conditions weren’t ideal for an outing, Nemo had just dumped tons of snow on NYC and I am still recovering from a badly sprained ankle, so we wanted to stay close to home. We found the perfect low-key option just a couple blocks away – South, a dive bar rumored to have awesome grilled cheese sandwiches and plenty of board games for our entertainment.
We were so excited to find the rumors were true. The grilled cheese sandwiches were amazing, dirt cheap, and a little fancy. We shared one with cheese and strawberry jam and another with cheese, jalapeños and sausage. Delish. I will definitely be recreating them at home.
While scarfing our sandwiches we engaged in a serious game marathon – three rounds each of three different games. We started with Jenga, moved on to Uno, and wrapped up with Candyland. I’m happy to announce that I walked away the big winner, securing the victory with wins in the Uno and Candyland categories. My big prize? Choosing the ice cream we ate for dessert. All in all it was a pretty great Saturday night date – good company, yummy food, lots of conversation, and we were home in time to sneak in an episode of Big Love before midnight.