Ludlow Coffee Supply is cool. They have couches in the back and a record player with an interesting ever changing selection of tunes. You and your date should grab one of their signature lattes (bourbon vanilla or my favorite — salted caramel). Sip you lattes as you listen to the music and enjoy each others company on a comfy couch.
On your way – stop at the vintage candy store in service since the 1930s Candy Store Show your date you know weird hole in the wall places like a true New Yorker!
A bit off the beaten path in Chinatown lies a secret gem—the best soup dumplings in NYC. Take your date inside and eat at the large round family style tables. Order the pork soup dumplings and explore a new fun food together. They serve delicious dumplings full of soup and a meatball. They have food there as well but I recommend coming in for 2 orders of the soup dumplings and complimentary tea.
You are your date will have a great time and can explore Chinatown together. Try a piece of exotic fruit from a vendor or go in a shop and buy some Chinese candies.
The MET has thousands of beautiful artifacts and art to explore. You and your date can meander through the museum and talk about art and life as you get to know each other better.
If a museum sounds a bit too stuffy for your tastes try a themed trip to the MET. Make a small scavenger hunt of things to find or dress up in matching costumes. I’ll bet your date will appreciate the creativity and Halloween is right around the corner.
PRICE: Donation based (for NY residents) so pay what you wish. I like to put out a dollar bill and say, “two please”.
TIP: Make sure not to stay more than an hour or so. Explore and enjoy a few sections or pieces and then come back another day to explore some more. This will help keep the experience fresh and captivating. More MET info
The building alone is a work of art. Created in 1943 by architect Frank Lloyd Wright the Guggenheim is seen as his masterpiece. Inside is a world of art to explore. Don’t become overwhelmed. Take an hour or two and then leave for some ice cream or a walk through central park which is only 5 blocks away.
Saturdays from 5:00 – 7:45 p.m is pay what you wish. This is the day for the bargain hunters who still want to take their honey out on an art date.
Audio guide is free which can be a great conversation starter and also very informative,
The Museum of Modern Art is not to be missed. MOMA’s exhibits include drawing, painting, photography and statues. Important collections from 1880s to 1950s are displayed the 5th floor, which includes Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Vincent Van Gogh.
With its stunning architecture and exhibits by such famous artists, you and your date are sure to have a beautiful evening.
PRICE: Free on Friday evenings (sponsored by UNIQLO) from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
An audio guide is also free if you want some interesting tidbits for conversation starters.
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.
Create your very own Titanic moment riding the Staten Island Ferry. Wave to Lady Liberty as you stand close to your date drinking in the ocean air.
Free romantic boat ride.
The Ferry runs 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. More frequent service, (every 15 or 20 minutes,) is provided on the weekdays during the rush hours of 6:00AM- 9:30AM and 3:30PM-8:00PM, with 30-minute service to follow. On weekends, service is provided every 30 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays.
Directions by subway
1 train to South Ferry Station (you must be in one of the first 5 cars) CLOSEST OPTION
R train to Whitehall Street — a short two-block walk to the terminal
Upon arriving to Staten Island feel free to explore or walk through the terminal and take the next ferry back to Manhattan
Explore NYC from above the city streets — The High Line. This public park was re-purposed from old unused railroad lines. View art, walk through gardens, experience a performance, or just sit, relax and people watch.
A free romantic park – perfect for holding hands or stealing a kiss.
Access points are located at Gansevoort St., 14th St., 16th St., 17th St., 20th St., 23rd St., 26th St., 28th St., 30th St. and 10th Ave., 30th St. and 11th Ave., and 34th St. The entrances at Gansevoort St., 14th St., 16th St., and 30th St. are accessible by elevator. The entrance at 34th St. is a wheelchair accessible ramp.
Spring hours: April 1 through May 31
7am – 10pm
Summer hours: June 1 through September 30
7am – 11pm
Fall hours: October 1 through November 30
7am – 10pm
Winter hours: December 1 through March 31
7am – 7pm