There are many things to do in the city – and you already know that at this point. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the number of options – and that’s hard you are planning dates. I recently helped a friend of mine with some fun and unique ideas for dates in New York City, and after seeing her notes with a huge list that I’ve contributed, I thought it would be an excellent idea to gather at least some of the ideas in a blog post! So, check some suggestions for date ideas in New York City!
1. Cooking classes at Eataly – foodies will love the cooking classes at Eataly – which is an Italian food destination featuring a coffee shop, an ice cream shop, a retail store, and restaurants. Eataly’s events include pasta and pizza-making classes, and even cheese and wine-tasting events, as well as cocktail classes. To check the classes available, just access this link and select the Eataly unit of your choice – Flatiron or Downtown.
2. A “food tour” in Red Hook – Red Hook, Brooklyn, is a neighborhood that can be a perfect “getaway.” First things first, to get there, you take a ferry – and that can be a gorgeous commute. Then, you have so many options: you can start with Wine Tasting at The Red Hook Winery then eat an authentic Texas-style barbecue at Hometown Bar-B-Que – or Enjoy fresh seafood at Brooklyn Crab – and finally get a scoop at Ample Hills Creamery Factory and Museum or even grabbing a sweet treat at Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies.
3. Tasting menu at Traif – Traif is a restaurant in Williamsburg that offers a chef menu featuring 11 courses (including desserts) for $55 per person. The dishes are tapa-style, perfect for sharing and it can varies depending on the day, but when we were there we had a little bit of everything: meat, seafood, pasta and vegetables. The desserts were amazing – including a donut with bacon. Yep. Trust me. Delicious. Plus you can add a wine pairing for $40. It’s like a fancy dinner without breaking the bank.
4. A day at Governors Island – I feel that this is a secret spot in the city – I know, I know, technically, it is not a secret, but I feel that not all New Yorkers take advantage of this beautiful place. This is probably the only place in NYC to have a picnic looking at Lady Liberty. Yep, that’s right. So, you can rent a bike and do that or even take advantage of the food trucks and restaurants on the island.
5. Candlelight concerts – Enjoy a host of concerts illuminated by candlelight and performed by live musicians in some of the most iconic venues in New York. That can be very romantic!
6. So Far Concerts – Sofar transforms everyday spaces – like a rooftop or art gallery – and turns them into captivating, intimate venues for secret, live music performances, creating an immersive experience that brings guests and artists closer together. It’s a secret concert. You can choose your Sofar based on the neighborhood, but the exact venue and artists will be unknown – one day before the show you’ll receive an email from us that reveals the address and other key details. You’ll find out who the artists are when they take the mic.
7. Magic show – I have been to some magic performances around New York City and trust me: you don’t need to believe it; just enjoy it. These guys are fantastic:
8. Date Night at The Met – Every Friday and Saturday night, from 5-9 pm, it’s Date Night at The Met! You can bring a friend or special someone (or yourself!) for an evening of live music, drinks, and 5,000 years of art. There is live music across the Museum, plus enjoy drink specials and an assortment of light fare in the American Wing Café or Petrie Court Café and a small bites menu in the Balcony Lounge (open to Met Members at the Evening Hours level and above; reservations recommended). All events are free with Museum admission, which is always pay-what-you-wish for New York State residents and NY, NJ, and CT students with valid ID.
9. Great Jones Distilling Co – this distillery in New York City – yep, you read it right – features a beautiful and chic environment with bar, restaurant and special events like live music, performance, tours and tastings!
10. Cruises – I always say that one of the experiences that you can’t miss when in NYC is seeing the from the water, and, fortunately, there are several options – cruises are always among my recommendations. I highly recommend Bateaux – lunch/brunch/dinner cruises or Classic Harbor Line cruises – the sunset cruises and the jazz cruises are my favorites. You can book here.
11. Resident – instead of heading to a crowded restaurant, what about a dinner at a candlelit Manhattan penthouse? This is Resident’s concept: they partner with luxury real estate to create speakeasy dining experiences featuring chefs from Michelin restaurants.
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