Upgrade your usual “wine and dine” date night in Astoria with vintage libations, street art, and fresh pasta.
EAT: Global-Influenced Italian at Ninos AQ
Compared to the timeless red-sauce joints spattered around the area, Ninos AQ presents a rare reimagination of the cuisine with surprising ingredients not often seen on a nonna’s dinner plate. Split the fried burrata and excellent ravioli, and get cozy like Lady and the Tramp. 35-01 Ditmars Boulevard
SEE: Eclectic Graffiti at the Welling Court Mural Project
If it’s still light out after your pasta feast, take a casual stroll to this colorful mecca. With more than 150 murals spanning several Astoria blocks, it will fill the 5Pointz-size hole in your heart. 30th Avenue and 12th Street
DRINK: 20th Century–inspired Pours at the Last Word
This craft cocktail nook has an insanely intimate air to it, with plush love seats and dim lighting. The spirits menu is extensive, but you won’t go wrong with one of its classic cocktails. 31-30 Ditmars Boulevard