Spots where you can take the apple of your eye in the Big Apple to celebrate love.
New York City is arguably one of the most romantic cities in the country with its surplus of food options, quaint coffee shops, flourishing bars, and endless activities. There’s truly something for everyone, especially when it comes to planning a date night. While seeing a Broadway show or checking out the lights of Time Square might be fun options, those date nights can get repetitive, expensive, and overused.
Dating in NYC can also be intimidating because of the amount of options of date ideas that exist, and how sometimes the more romantic you get, the more expensive it gets too. But have no fear, effort does not mean having to break your bank account.
If you want to spruce up your dating life and sweep your partner off their feet with creativity, check out these 10 options:
Smalls Jazz Club for an evening soiree
Transport your date back to the ‘20s to this underground, Speakeasy-style jazz bar in Greenwich Village with a swanky band, top-notch cocktails and mood lighting to match. Smalls is a one-of-a-kind experience with quartets, sextets, and trios. Not to mention, the “After-hours” option is a real treat too. Check out their website to see what can be in store for your evening – just don’t show up in a t-shirt and sweats. Dress the part and have fun!
A walk along Grand Ferry Park in Williamsburg
Whether it’s warm outside or even a bit chilly, a stroll along the river can be one of the most romantic gestures you can have with your date. Walk arm in arm and gaze at the cityscape across the glistening water. Catch the walk during sunset and everything turns the sweetest bubblegum pink. There are a lot of food truck options in that area, so if you need to warm up with a hot cocoa or get a bite to eat, there are plenty of choices.
Rosecrans for an afternoon cup of tea
Walk into what feels like a fairy garden in the middle of NYC for an afternoon cup of tea with your date. Surround yourself in the whim and beauty that are endless flowers everywhere you turn in Rosecrans. Get lost in conversation or watch the florists at work. This date is relaxing, stunning, and comfortingly effortless.
Ladybird for a late-night cocktail
Calling all vegans and meat-eaters alike: head to Ladybird for a bite to eat or a nightcap at this fancy yet effortless bar. With velvet seats and Instagram-worthy wall décor, your date will think you searched high and low for this gem. Everything about this spot is picturesque, so be sure to grab a snapshot with your partner, and something yummy to enjoy.
Stroll around the Strand
All booklovers will love this date night for its casual yet thoughtful options. Get lost in the several floors that is the Strand or find a section that fits both of your interests. If you get there before 6 p.m., you can mosey around the Rare Book Room, and if you plan things out well in advance, you can come by for a special reading or event. Check the calendar on their website if you want to plan for an occasion that would be perfect for your lover.
Dinner on Eataly’s rooftop garden
Decorated with fairy lights and greenery galore, the rooftop garden at Eataly is an NYC dream. Although this spot can be a tourist trap, use your wits and book a reservation in advance. When you’re there, dive into some authentic, and scrumptious, Italian cooking, and grab a glass of wine while you’re at it too.
Catch a flick at Nitehawk Cinema
Whether it’s your first date or you’ve been together for a while, head to Nitehawk to catch one of the newest blockbusters or a beloved classic while enjoying a meal, or even some dessert. There are special showings of movies and shorts around awards season, and there are always themed food and beverage items for sale based on one or more of the movies currently showing. Special guest Q&As also pop up, so just be sure to keep an eye on the website.
Get cozy in an igloo bar
What can be more romantic than snuggling close to your loved on a rooftop bar in the middle of the city, gazing at the view and not freezing from the cold? Grab a boozy hot chocolate, a classic cocktail or even a hot virgin cider, and relax in an igloo that’s both heated and transparent. There are no minimums or entrance fees – it’s just first come, first serve, so maybe try going on a weekday when less people are out and about.
Warm up with ramen at TabeTomo
Nothing says romance like warm food and drinks at a cozy table or at the well-decorated bar. Pick out some small plates to share or choose your own bowls of ramen that maybe your partner can steal a bite from, or two. Get a sake to split or keep things simple with Thai tea – the choice is yours.
Sip on a drink at Sey Coffee
After a sweet stroll around the neighborhood or maybe in preparation for one of the aforementioned dates, head over to Sey Coffee for a drink and some relaxation. This coffee shop exemplifies serenity with its ample lighting, decorations of greenery and delicious food and beverages. If you both are coffee fanatics, this spot also has public cupping events listed on their website, so there’s always a chance you can coordinate this fun excursion into your date-night plans.
We hope that some of these date night ideas really pique your interest and feels suitable for you and your lover. You can go as low-key or high-key as you want, and there’s really something in the budget for everyone. What matters most is that you enjoy your time with your partner, not how much money you spend. Be present in the moment, and everything else will just be a cherry on top of the cake.