There are a ton of things to do in NYC and if you’re like me, you’re looking for something a bit more exciting when it comes to planning your date! Especially right now when options are very very limited and we’ll do anything just to spice things up and get out of the house! From great restaurants, to parks to unique experiences I got you covered!
Disclaimer: I’ve done my best to research and ensure places are open, but double check before hand just to be sure!
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Great places to eat out for your date night:
Going out to dinner is a classic date night idea, but when you try a new place it can be super exciting! These are a few of our favorite spots for dinner on our date nights in NYC.
Looking for a happy hour for your NYC date night? Check out my NYC happy hour guide.
Briciola – This restaurant seats about 20 people I believe? It’s super quaint and romantic. During the week they have a lunch special of any pasta and glass of wine for $18 which you can follow up with any of their spritz drinks for $6 during happy hour!
ROKC – Another spot that I find to be very romantic because of its dim lighting and intimate setting. Their ramen is top-notch and their cocktails are even better!
Speedy Romeo – There are locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. They offer delicious pizza and cozy date night vibes.
San Marzano Pasta Fresca – So I actually went here with my sister, but I have been dying to take Robert. I was shocked at how budget friendly this place was, like $7 for a bowl of pasta. Unheard of in NYC! It’s also a small, quaint place buzzing with energy.
Raclette – If you don’t know what raclette is, it’s a Swiss dish of melted cheese, normally on potatoes. At this restaurant your server will bring a cheese wheel to your table and shave off gooey cheese right onto your plate. There are tons of cheese options and you can put it on anything from steak, veggies, mac and cheese. It’s a fun experience and sooo yummy!
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great places to grab a drink on your date night
There are soooo many amazing bars in NYC and if you know me, you know that trying a new one was a weekly occurrence before the pandemic. I am so excited to try more now that things are opening up!
Speakeasies add a special touch that you don’t get from regular bars. Here are some of my faves. ( They do tend to be a bit more expensive but can be great for just one drink.)
Please Don’t Tell – Located inside Crif Dogs (a small hot dog shop) you’ll have to go through the phone booth to get inside. To get a reservation you must call the day of at 3pm. We called over 150 times before we got through and got a reservation for 9pm.
Calling that many times kind of got annoying, but made it so exciting when we finally did get through! Inside, the bar is quite small with dim lighting and interesting decor.
Bathtub Gin – This place offers two of my favorite things – live entertainment and gin. Depending on the night of the week you can see burlesque shows, listen to jazz, djs and more!
Patent Pending – My favorite speakeasy on this list is definitely patent pending! A coffee shop by day, but a sexy bar by night! At first I thought we were in the wrong place because all of the lights were off and the coffee shop was just lit by candles, but it was indeed the right place! Once your table is ready the menu wall folds away and you walk into a dimly lit bar, buzzing with patrons enjoying hand crafted cocktails.
More great bars
The Red Room at The KGB Bar – Up the first set of stairs you’ll find the KGB bar, a small dive bar with a ton of character. Up the second flight you’ll find the Red Room, a swanky, prohibition themed jazz bar.
The Honeywell – Part of me wants to keep this uptown gem a secret, but I just can’t! This basement bar will make you feel like you’ve stepped into the 70’s with its decor. They offer dope cocktails and some amazing small plates that are just too good to pass up!
230 Fifth Rooftop – This is one of my favorite rooftops in NYC because it is one of the only ones I can afford!! haha. They have a great happy hour where you can get discounted frosé in the summer and boozy hot chocolate in the winter! Plus they have heated igloos in the winter and the best view of the Empire State Building!
Visit a park on your date night
Central Park – There are a ton of things to see and do in Central Park, like the zoo, the mall, listening to street performers, having a picnic and more! Even just grabbing a coffee and taking a romantic stroll through the park is a simple date idea. In the winter you can ice skate and in the summer you can rent a boat on Central Park lake.
Bryant Park – Bryant Park always has something new going on. In the summer they have free movie nights on Mondays and in the winter you can visit the winter village where they have huts set up selling food and goods. Plus you can ice skate. It’s free to skate, you just have to pay for rentals!
eat SOMETHING SWEET on your date night
Our date nights almost always include a sweet treat. Try one of these delicious dessert spots on your next date night!
Magnolia Bakery: Of course you have to try the famous banana pudding, but if that’s not your thing then anything at Magnolia is delicious!
Baked by Melissa: Known for their bite size cupcakes that are too good. It’s impossible to only have one!
Ayza: The sexiest place on this list for sure, they are known for their chocolate martinis, which are insanely delicious. Sunday is couples night out where they offer complimentary truffles!
Max Brenner: Chocolate. Pizza. Need I say more?
Spot Dessert Bar: These desserts are both creative and delicious at this cute spot in the East Village. I like to try something new each time I go and I have never been disappointed!
nyc date night ideas – WALK AROUND ONE OF NYC’S MANY MUSEUMS
There are a ton of museums here in the city and luckily many of them have free days or pay what you wish. My personal favorites are the MET and the Natural History Museum. You could also check out the MoMa, the Guggenheim, Brooklyn Museum, The Frick, The Met Cloisters and so much more!
NYC DATE IDEAS – LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Broadway – Many people think of Broadway and believe it’s way too expensive for them to ever see a show and while tickets can be pricey there are ways to get them discounted. Often you can “rush” tickets which means you go to the box office day of and get last minute tickets. (Prices do vary by show.) You can also enter lotteries to win discounted tickets! To find lotteries try going to the shows website or check todaytix.
Ballet – I know the ballet isn’t for everyone, but I personally love it! New York City ballet offers $30 tickets to anyone under 30 on select nights!
Comedy Club – So I’ve actually only been to one comedy show in NYC and it was at Gotham Comedy Club. I had a blast and would definitely do it for another date night! A few others I have heard of are New York Comedy Club and Comedy Cellar.
Is your date a newbie to live entertainment? Make sure they know the best theater etiquette before you go!
TAKE A COOKING CLASS AT EATALY
Now I’ll be honest, this might not be the most budget date, but it’s worth a splurge every once in a while. Eataly offers a variety of cooking classes from pizza, pasta, desserts to wine and food tastings. Classes range from about $50 to $125 per person.
GO TO FREE WINE TASTINGS on your date night
Try one (or all) of these free wine tastings on your next NYC date night.
I hope these NYC date night ideas add some fun and excitement to your next date night! What are some of your favorite date night activities here in the city? We are always looking for new and fun things to do!
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