The Big Apple isn’t all just a concrete jungle — it’s that and so much more! So many people don’t realize that there is more than just great pizza, and even better shopping. But here is one truth about NYC; it’s expensive! Like really, really expensive.
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It all adds up so fast! And then you have to consider your happiness: happy hour with co-workers, dinner with friends, and then the most expensive one of all…dating. Yup, dating is expensive. Whether you’re a New Yorker or you’re just visiting, here are some of the best ideas for quirky, unforgettable dates in New York City.
And no, none of them include shopping in Times Square…
Most people enjoy romantic river views from their dinner table. However, kayaking on the Hudson River provides an altogether more exhilarating adventure. Paddle around, chat and get to know each other with the added bonus of incredible views of the city. Did we mention it was free?
Visit Coney Island
If you’re looking for a fun-filled, laid-back date, why not spend the night twirling and whizzing around Coney Island? Try your luck on the slot machines, eat some cotton candy, and ride the big ferris wheel.
Not into rides or arcade games? You could just enjoy the afternoon tanning at the beach.
Spend the Day on Governors Island
Governors Island is a peaceful spot — perfect for picnicking and enjoying a summer’s day. Take the ferry over and play some golf, visit some art galleries, and enjoy the break from the hustle and bustle. Then, catch the ferry home just in time for a sunset cocktail.
Explore the Unknown
If you want to do something really unique, why not have a psychic reading? The best psychics in NYC are world-renowned, and they could give you a glimpse of what your future holds.
Enjoy the Outdoors
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a beautifully-manicured public green zone just a hop, skip and a jump from the bright lights of Manhattan. Meander through the Japanese Zen Pond and marvel at the vivid colors on display in the Cranford Rose Garden. End the day by indulging in some BBQ at Dinosaur in Park Slope, Brooklyn. It’s only about a mile, and the walk is lovely.
Look out for Pop-Ups
Pop-up galleries and restaurants are all the rage at the moment. Catch a trendy modern art exhibition or shop up a storm at a vintage stall. You should also keep your eyes peeled for details and dates of temporary eateries on social media and book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Eat and Drink in Style
If you’re eager to impress, why not arrange a night of culinary delights and debauchery with a trip to South Williamsburg? Here, you can chase fresh oysters with a shot of absinthe for a night (and a hangover) to remember at Maison Premiere. This is definitely more on the pricey side, but Maison Premiere has a very affordable happy hour during the week.
Go to a Rooftop Bar
New York is home to some fabulous rooftop bars, which provide an idyllic location for a romantic drink with views as far as the eye can see. Head to Midtown for hip clubs and chic bars and Park Slope for chilled-out vibes. Keep your ear to the ground for outdoor parties and open-air concerts in the summer months. There are usually a ton at both Central Park and Prospect Park.
If you’re dating in New York and you hate boring dates, these ideas will hopefully give you some inspiration.