New York; the city of opportunity where literally anything is possible. There’s so much more to dating in the Big Apple than just dinner and drinks. So if you’re looking for some unbeatable NYC date ideas, you’ve come to the right place. With the New York classics as well as some more creative date suggestions, here’s how to ensure a memorable time with someone special.
Date Ideas: NYC
The one with the Adventure – The High Line
Want to try a slightly more original date idea? Many Americans intend to walk the High Line but never actually get round to it. Let this be your opportunity. The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side and provides some magnificent views.
The one with the Rooftop Views – The Jane Hotel
Located in leafy West Village, a stone’s throw away from Carrie Bradshaw’s iconic apartment in Sex and the City, this historically rich hotel has an understated charm; in particular its breathtaking view of the Statue of Liberty and the Meatpacking District. One of the more secretly romantic NYC date ideas. There are tons of hidden rooftop gems in New York, find some of them here.
The one with the Cocktails – Employees Only bar
Located on Hudson Street, this charismatic bar boasts an extensive list of cocktails. But not your average cocktails; rather a unique menu of wild flavors and tastes – classic cocktails with a twist. Why not try a Lazy Lover – Leblon Cachaça & Jalapeño-infused Green Chartreuse Shaken with Benedictine, Fresh Lime Juice & Agave Nectar? For further cocktail bar inspiration, here are some of New York’s finest.
The one with Central Park
It may be clichéd but it’s a classic New York date idea. Be it winter, summer, fall or spring, Central Park is beautiful and a walk amongst the greenery is a great way to connect with someone. If you really want to embrace the experience, why not rent a horse drawn carriage or a boat and really indulge in romance?
The one with the Market – Chelsea Market
Located in the heart of the Meatpacking District, this ‘neighborhood market with a global perspective’ boasts an eclectic variety of foods, with over 35 food vendors offering their dishes in the dynamic food hall. With everything from freshly roasted coffee to perfectly aged wine and strong cheese to cheesecake, you’re sure to find something delicious. The hustle and bustle of the market makes for one of the more atmospheric NYC date ideas. For more of New York’s best food market spots, check out this list.
The one with the Promenade – Brooklyn Heights
Renowned as one of the most romantic spots in New York, the Brooklyn Heights promenade is a celebrated first date location. With majestic views of the Manhattan skyline, the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty, it’s hard not to have your breath taken away.
The one with the Books – Strand Bookstore
For those more romantic American singles who love to get lost in a book, why not get lost in the ’18 miles of books’ at the Strand Bookstore. The magnificent, independent bookstore is located in East Village and is the perfect date spot for those creative minds who enjoying spending lazy afternoons perusing literature. For the top 10 bookstores in NYC, take a look at this list.
The one with the Cinema – Kew Gardens Cinema
If you’re looking for a movie theater with a difference, why not try the Kew Gardens Cinema? Having maintained its authentic 1930s stylish architecture and screening an eclectic mix of alternative indie films, this cozy theater is a great date spot with reasonable ticket prices and fresh, homemade cookies. Find out what’s on here;
The one with the Yankees – New York Yankees, The Bronx
Based in the Bronx, watching a Yankees game is another one of the classic NYC date ideas. It may not be the most romantic date, but with a perfectly chilled beer in one hand, a hot dog in the other and the buzz and energy of the supportive crowd, a date at the Yankee Stadium is hard to beat!
The one with the Theatre – Queens theatre
For those culture lovers, why not have a look at what’s on at the Queens Theatre? A premier performing arts venue in Queens that provides quality diverse pieces, this place is home to many local, national and international artists and a great date spot for something a bit different. Check out the best theatres in New York here.
The one with the Ice Skating – Rockefeller Center
When winter rolls around, there’s nothing better than geting your skates on and heading over to the world’s most famous ice rink at Rockefeller Center. A wonderfully picturesque and romantic setting, it is the ultimate New York date. Try to go at the off-peak times to beat the lines. If you’re not in the mood for the Rockefeller Center, there are plenty of other ice skating options available in the city. Find them here.
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