Date Night, 2.0

Do the same options pop into your head when planning a night out with your significant other? Read on.
Date Night

Dinner and a movie. A concert or show in the City. Do the same options pop into your head when planning a night out with your significant other? Read on.

Kick back at a coffeehouse. There are plenty of chains that will pour a cup of java, but independent coffeehouses tend to offer more ambiance. Venerable Cool Beans in Oradell serves up a large selection of drinks and eats in a lounge-type atmosphere, as does Ridgewood’s American Bulldog Coffee Roasters, where a friendly bulldog greets customers and the organic baked goods are paleo-friendly. Another option: Cafe Angelique in the old Tenafly train station, where you can enjoy a stuffed cupcake or lollicake with your coffee (and live jazz in the summer.)

Broadway isn’t the only place where the curtain rises. In Englewood, the Bergen Performing Arts Center boasts a diverse lineup throughout February. Queen and Beatles tribute bands stop by this month, as do the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and music legend Darlene Love. And if you prefer live theater, check out the offerings at Bergen County Players in Oradell.

Need a laugh? The area’s comedy clubs schedule a mix of up-and-coming talent and circuit veterans. On tap in February at Bananas in Hasbrouck Heights are Alonzo Bodden of Last Comic Standing and Joey Kola, who has had his own Comedy Central special. With a quick trip to Levity Live at the Palisades Center in West Nyack, N.Y., you can see comedic legends Maz Jobrani and Bobcat Goldthwait.

For a nontraditional date, try an hour of ice skating at Ice House in Hackensack or Fritz Dietl in Westwood. You can test your physical fitness with indoor rock climbing at the Gravity Vault in Upper Saddle River or High Exposure in Northvale. Or challenge your creativity (and enjoy a glass of wine) by painting a masterpiece at Pinot’s Palette in Ridgewood.

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