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Great But Unexpected First Date Ideas In New York City

Great But Unexpected First Date Ideas In New York City

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Updated: 9 February 2017
It’s no secret New York City is an expensive place to live, eat, drink and date. Luckily, low funds don’t mean no fun in this cosmopolitan haven. We present our list of unexpectedly romantic date ideas for soon-to-be-couples on a budget.

Gallery Hop

Indulge your mutual love of art by exploring what’s on at New York City’s top-notch galleries. This free and highly cultural pastime is sure to give you something to discuss without costing you a penny. Attend the opening of an show for a high energy evening, or leisurely stroll through the exhibition space of your choice on a weekend afternoon. Visit big name spaces like Gagosian and David Zwirner in Chelsea, or wander in and out of smaller spaces in SoHo, on the Lower East Side, or in Brooklyn.

Gagosian Gallery, 555 West 24th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 741 1111

Stroll The Brooklyn Heights Promenade

For the outdoorsy types, head to the picturesque Brooklyn Heights Promenade in the quaint neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights. The activity is free, but you’re sure to enjoy million dollar views of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and the East River. Park-goers can stop and grab a bite to eat at a charming local restaurant.

Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Brooklyn, NY, USA + 1 718 722 3214


Luna Park by Jim McDonnell/Luna Park
Luna Park | Courtesy of Jim McDonnell

Luna Park

Luna Park at Coney Island is another great but unexpected places to go on a first date. Coney Island is known for its beach, boardwalk and famous Nathan’s restaurant – but Luna Park is even better. Make Luna Park your first date experience when their doors open in the spring.

Luna Park, 1000 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA + 1 718 373 5862