One of NYCs hidden gems is the Cloisters. This beautiful museum is an extension of the MET dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe, and, like the MET, admission is donation based for NY residents. One dollar could get you admission for you and your date. Exploring the grounds is also a romantic idea. The Cloisters sits in Fort Tryon Park. Explore the old fortress or walk around in the curated gardens. This is a beautiful place to explore trails or sit and cuddle while looking out over the Hudson.
Deriving its name from the medieval cloisters that form the core of the building, it presents a harmonious and evocative setting for more than 2,000 exceptional artworks and architectural elements from the medieval West.
From the outside, it may look like a regular good old fashioned coffee ship, but on the inside you are transported to a 1960s Korean inspired cafe. They serve a truly “black” coffee called the Matt Black. more info
They have exotic food options and great decor. Your date is sure to swoon at this throw back cafe, with modern foods and delicious coffee. It’s open late and sure to give you a caffeine high.
TIP: There’s a hidden dining room in the back to work, relax and eat.
HOURS: Sunday to Wednesday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Thursday to Saturday 8:00 a.m. – Midnight
Bring a blanket and spend the afternoon at the beach, or take a romantic walk down the beach hand in hand. Once I saw dolphins jumping out of the water not far away. Usually great music and a cute little hamburger hut.
Romantic beach date. It’s pretty lively with good tunes and excellent variety of people to gander at. Feel the sand between your toes and listen to the waves crash as you stare into the oceans of your lovers eyes.
Ideal for summer. Ok for late fall or early spring
TIP: Gay friendly. The beach on the far left side is the gay section. Tops optional as well
PRICE: Free with unlimited subway card.
LOCATION: Jacob Riis Park
157 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway Park, NY 11694
If you don’t have a car, you can take the A train to the end of the line, and then a bus that drops you in front of the beach. You can also take a ferry from Pier 11 in Manhattan or Brooklyn Army Terminal, which offers a more scenic ride and is priced the same as a subway ride ($2.75 one-way as of this writing). The ferry docks at the Rockaway ferry station and from there, there is a free bus transfer to the beach.
Milk bar is one of a kind. Cute desserts and ice cream with unique twists and flavors. Its hip and unpretentious. Do yourself a favor and check out this adorable milk bar. If you aren’t in the village they have locations all over the cit. Check out MILK bar for more info.
You and your date can explore some new flavors. Maybe get a Kati Roll Company first and then pop into Milk Bar for some dessert. Or— If the weather is nice take the goodies to go and check out Washington Square Park
TIP: Try the cereal milk ice cream. Its bizarre and spot on
Milk and Cookies is almost too cute! But don’t worry. Its still delicious. This off the beaten path bakery is right in the West Village and sure to make your date go AHHHH. Did I mention this place is cute? They are making cookies throughout the day so they are sure to be fresh. Bakery Website
Dip some cookies in your milk as you and your date enjoy the adorable ambiance. You’ll be glad you came to this cute cookie shop and your date will be impressed with your knowledge of obscure delicious bakeries.
Marie’s Crisis is adorable. Right in the gay section in the West Village just walk down some stairs into this Broadway haven. Everyone is friendly and loves show tunes. Feel free to sing along or to just stand and enjoy. If your date likes Broadway, singing or new experiences this is one not to miss. It is a New York staple and always a fun time.
Big Gay Ice Cream is right around the corner! What pairs better than gay Broadway singing? Gay Ice Cream!
TIP: If you tip the pianist they take recommendations!
PRICE: Well drinks are $6.00
LOCATION: 59 Grove St, West Village, New York, NY 10014
Wear you best rainbow outfit and come check out big gay ice cream in the west village. Just a block away from iconic stonewall – this ice cream shop is very close to history. Its fun and delcious. I recommend the Salty Pimp…but who wouldn’t?!
Whether you and your date are gay or not enjoy this very over the top fun ice cream experience. Its here. Its queer. And its ice cream. Everybody wins. More Big Gay Info
Looking to take your pooch on the date? Nothing better than Washington Square Park. The well manicured dog park is in the actual park so there is a lot to explore for both canines and humans. Washington Square Park
If your dog is part of your family then it is very important that your love interest and your bitch get along. This dog friendly doggy date will help see if its a good fit. Also there is plenty to see and do around the neighborhood! Your dog and your date will thank you
LOCATION: 5 Ave, Waverly Pl., W. 4 St. and Macdougal St.
This park has everything. Beautiful Monument? Check. Large Fountain? Check. Performance artists? double check. You and your date can soak in the sights and there is almost always some sort of political movement or performance going on. There are puppeteers and bubble blowers. Dancers and musicians. Maybe try your hand against some of the chess experts in the park.
Sit by the fountain or go and sit in the grass and relax. You are sure to have interesting things to see and talk about as you enjoy Washington Square Park. Park Website This park is lively at any time of day and is open til 1 AM. The people watching here is amazing!