Chinatown buns

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Shanghai Asia Manor

If you are in the mood for some delicious buns (and who doesn’t like nice buns?)look no further.  Shanghai Asian Mannor.  The steamed buns are divine, but don’t neglect the pan fried pork dumplings.  Those puppies are also quite satisfying.  Its a bit off the beaten path, but they know how to steam a bun!

Bring your date in for the best buns Chinatown.

PRICE:   $9 each person

TIP: cash only

More info on Shanghai Asian Manor

HOURS:       Daily from  11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

LOCATION:        21 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

(212)766-6311

Mariebelle

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Mariebelle

Maribelle’s in SOHO is a romantic cozy European style chocolate house.  They sell high end chocolates and beautiful gift sets.  Don’t let this intimidate you.  Head to the back and ask for a table.  Order a hot chocolate and sip the decadence as you converse with your date.  The beautifully styled cafe will dazzle your eyes and the thick non-dairy hot chocolate will make your taste buds dance.

TIP: Try the spicy hot chocolate if you are adventurous, or I recommend the Aztec for a less daring palate.

Price: Around $10.00

Mariebelle’s Website

Hours:  Sunday to Thursday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Friday and Saturday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

484 Broome St, New York, NY 10013        (212)925-6999

 

 

Ludlow Coffee Supply

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Ludlow Coffee Supply

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!

Price: $5 for a signature latte

Open Daily from 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM

176 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

Ludlow Coffee Supply Website

(917)472-7632

Best Soup Dumplings in NYC

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Joe’s Shanghai

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.

Price: $6.75 for the pork soup dumplings

Joe’s Shanghai Website

TIP: cash only.  Also they are hot so don’t burn your tongue on the hot soup inside your dumpling.

Open Daily from 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

10 Pell St     New York, NY Shanghai dishes, soup dumplings, best restaurants in Chinatown NYC in thrillist.com and gothamist.com ; late-night food

(212)233-8888

have you MET?

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Metropolitan Museum of Art – Halloween trip to the MET

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

Want to explore art AND also a beautiful medieval castle?  go to the MET Cloisters. The Cloisters – MET’s sister museum

Or if you wan to stay in the neighborhood check out Central Park !!

LOCATION:   82nd Street and 5th Avenue

Open Seven Days a Week

Sunday–Thursday: 10 am–5:30 pm*

Friday and Saturday: 10 am–9 pm*

Prospect Park

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Prospect Park Lake

While Central Park is the most well known of NYC’s parks, there are actually about 1700 parks in the city. Prospect Park is Brooklyn’s second largest public park, and also home to the Prospect Park Zoo.

Along with lots of great nature walks, running trails, and green lawns, the park also offers events throughout the year, from sports events to performances. So if you’re looking for a way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, Prospect Park is the perfect place to lounge about on a beautiful day.

Prospect Park also borders the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, another great place to bring a date.

Estimated Cost: Free!
Hours of Operation: 5AM – 1AM daily
Location: Brooklyn, NY 11225

Goemon Curry

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Goemon Curry in NOLITA

Often overshadowed by more popular types of curry, Japanese curry is nevertheless a hearty meal for those who are looking for something to stave off the wintry blues.

Located in the heart of Nolita, Goemon curry serves Japanese curry in a rustic interior. Choose among soup, roux, or vegetable based curries with an extensive list of toppings to personalize your meal. Rich and filled with umami, the Premium Classic Curry ($13.5) is a must try for those who haven’t tried Japanese curry before or if you’re feeling adventurous, the Vege Neva Curry ($16) made of natto (fermented soy beans) is a dish you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else.

Estimated Cost: ~$20 without drinks

Hours of Operation: All week 12:30PM — 10:00PM

Location: 29 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

 

Guggenheim Museum

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Guggenheim Museum – “I can see a tall building of a new type, perfectly appropriate to our purpose, having monumental dignity and great beauty” – Frank Lloyd Wright

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,

Guggenheim Website

LOCATION:    1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128  (between East 88th and 89th)

TIP:    Check out Central Park as you will be in the area!!

HOURS:    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM                    Saturdays 10:00 AM – 7:45 PM        Closed on Thursdays

Adults $15 Student and Seniors $10 Children free

 

MOMA

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MoMa – The Starry Nights by Vincent Van Gogh

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.

Additional MOMA info

TIP:     The MOMA is close to Central Park so feel free to stroll though

LOCATION:    18 West 54 Street, New York, New York 10019

Check out Central Park as you will be in the area!!

 

Cloisters

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Cloisters – cloister? But I don’t even know her

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.

Cloisters Info

Open Seven Days a Week
March–October: 10 am–5:15 pm
November–February: 10 am–4:45 pm