Break a sweat, not hearts
Learn something new together
Discover a shared passion (or at the very least, create a great “first date” story) at one of Bryant Park’s unique programs, which include free language classes, photography workshops, and beekeeping talks.
Catch an underground concert
Book two tickets (and earn major cool cred in the process) to a Sofar Sounds show, where a secret lineup of musicians take over unexpected locations around New York City.
Get your aura photographed at Magic Jewelry
Find out if you’re fated to be together at Magic Jewelry, a cult-favorite Chinatown spot providing aura photography, readings, and plenty to ponder over date-night dim sum.
Embark on a self-guided walking tour
Whether you and your partner are fans of frights, superheroes, or history, New York has a walking tour for you. With a little pre-date research, you can explore a common interest and the city at once.
See an off- (or for a more daring date, off-off) Broadway show
There’s more to theater in New York City than the Great White Way. Take a gamble on one of the city’s off- or off-off-Broadway shows. (It will either be a pleasant surprise or excellent post-show conversation material.)
Play tourists for a day
Explore New York’s hidden corners
Have you dared to sample Chinatown’s smelliest fruit? Schlepped to south Brooklyn for the most iconic Italian food in New York City? Turn date night into an adventure by exploring New York’s hidden corners.
Take your date on an island getaway
Roosevelt Island, that is. Hop aboard the Roosevelt Island Tram, which provides stunning aerial views of Manhattan, Queens, and more before depositing riders on Roosevelt Island, the ideal New York City site for a picturesque picnic.
Visit an alternative museum
Chances are that you’ve both already meandered around the Met (likely on previous dates). Venture beyond Museum Mile in favor of fresher entertainment, such as the Museum of Sex, the Met Cloisters, or the Brooklyn Museum.
Go to a daytime rave
Combining a fitness class, dance party, and intention-setting session, Daybreaker will earn you a second date before most people have even snoozed their morning alarm.
Feast for two at Smorgasburg
They say the path to a lover’s heart is through their stomach. If that’s the case (and even if it isn’t), Smorgasburg is an ideal destination for your next day date. Satisfy your appetite for amor and adventure with out-there eats such as ramen burgers, churro ice cream sandwiches, and banana coffee.
Escape to an urban oasis
Find out why city-meets-country entertainment is all the rage right now in New York at elevated escapes such as Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farms and the High Line, as well as “floating food forest” Swale.
Elevate the standard “dinner and a movie” date
It’s a classic for a reason! Reinvigorate a traditional date-night formula with help from dine-in theaters such as Syndicated and Nitehawk Cinema, where gourmet entrées, beers, wines, and liquors, and screenings of your favorite films are all on the menu.
Dine at an underground supper club
In a food-obsessed city like New York, the hottest ticket in town isn’t to any show, but to one of the many local supper club events. From 17-course dinners to five-figure price tags, your best dinner-date destination yet is one you’ve never heard of.
Go on a thrift crawl
Style-savvy duos will get a kick (or a pair of kicks) by embarking on a thrift shopping crawl around New York City. Choose a neighborhood such as Williamsburg or Manhattan’s East Village, and let the fashion show—and romance—begin.
Go to a comedy show
A couple who laughs lasts. This date night, put the pressure to be funny on someone else at one of the city’s most side-splitting comedy shows.