Round K –

roundk1 (1).jpgFrom 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

LOCATION:     99 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

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Big Gay Ice Cream

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Big Gay Ice Cream – the Gayest of Ice Cream Places!

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

TIP:  If you are feeling up for a walk check out Washington Square Park

PRICE:  Around $5.00

HOURS:  Sunday to Wednesday  11:00 AM to 11:00 PM                                                           Thursday to Saturday  11:00 AM to Midnight

LOCATION:   61 Grove St, New York, NY 10014

 

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Central Park

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Central Park

Central park is huge!  There is so much to see and explore.  Bring your date on a beautiful walk and get lost in this curated haven.  Every view was designed and curated and there are so many wonderful options.  In the summer rent a row boat by Bethesda fountain or enter to win FREE tickets for Shakespeare in the park. Play ticket info. 

There is always the picnic option which is a great idea. Bring some simple snacks and a bottle of wine and enjoy each others company in this beautiful park.

Central Park Website

PRICE:  Free

Location:  Central Park stretches from 59th Street to 110th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West

TIP:  Combine Central park with another activity like visiting the Met Museum just a few blocks away.  Met Museum Date Idea.

Getting to Central Park
Central Park is easily accessible by subway:

1, 2, 3, B, and C trains along the west side
4, 5, 6 trains along the east side
A, B, C, D, 1, N, R, and Q trains on the south side

 

 

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Tenement Museum

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Tenement Museum

This is a must do attraction in NYC.  The preserved tenement houses have guides to walk you through the apartments and businesses of actual New York historic buildings.  These are real Lower East Side immigrant stories and seeing them in person brings them to live.  The guide is knowledgeable and great at answering any questions you may thing of.

This will give you and your date plenty to talk about as you learn how immigrants lived when the came searching for a better life. To hear their actual words and touch things they touched is inspiring.

PRICE:

Adults: $25
Students: $20
Seniors (65+): $20

HOURS:

Sunday to Wednesday 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Thursday 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM

Friday to Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM

103 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002 Lower East Side immigrant stories

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Fish

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Fish Restaurant

Want to start of your date with an aphrodisiac?  Come in to FISH and you and your date will have a wonderful time.  Its an adorable place in the West Village and they have a really great all day special.  The Red White and Blue.  This is one of the cheapest way to eat oysters in the city.  They are delicious and the price is right.  A

Their other seafood is also reasonable priced and the atmosphere is romantic and rustic.

Fish Website

TIP:  Order the Red White and Blue.  Its 6 oysters and a glass of wine or a beer for $9.99

280 Bleecker Street

New York, NY 10014

SUNDAY TO THURSDAY:  12:00 PM – 11:00 PM

FRIDAY & SATURDAY:  12:00 PM – 12:00 AM

 

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Brooklyn Bridge

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Brooklyn Bridge – photo to remember!!

Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge is a must.  Its a national historical landmark!  The architecture is stunning and the views jaw dropping.  It is such a cute outing to share with someone special.  There is a special walkway just for pedestrians and this wooden marvel is meant to be trodden upon.  So cross history and then have an ice cream in Brooklyn.  If you don’t wanna walk back you can take the subway or hop on the ferry for an addition $2.75.  Ferry Info

The bridge is 1.39 miles so expect about an hour to cross.  That’ll give you time to meander and to take some photos.

TIP:  The bridge is less crowed at night and very safe.  It doesn’t close until midnight.

Walking Brooklyn Bridge Info

DIRECTIONS BY SUBWAY:                                                                                                                          Take the 4, 5, or 6  trains to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall Stop or the J or Z trains to Chambers St. Stop.

TIP:  Maybe you can make a goal to be in every borough together.  In that case the best way to Staten Island is Staten Island Ferry

 

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Hamilton Heights Happy Hour

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Uptown Bourbon

Hamilton Heights has a lot of cute bars and if you happen to be looking during the hours of 4-7 definitely go and find UPTOWN BOURBON — this adorable little bar with stellar prices.  Great tunes.  Great atmosphere.  Great staff.  Very laid back energy.  Come for a great Hamilton Heights Happy Hour!

I mean $2 beers?!?   Yes please

TIP: Try the lemonade bourbon.  Delicious

Uptown Bourbon Facebook

HAPPY HOUR HOURS:      Everyday 4 PM – 7 PM

PRICE:  Beer  $2.00                                                                                                                                                Bourbon   $5.00                                                                                                                                      Wine   $5.00                                                                                                                                              Well Drinks   $6.00

 

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Zenchai Matcha Cafe

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Zenchai Matcha Cafe

Zenchai Matcha Cafe specializes in, you guessed it, Matcha.  This is an adorable shop with a huge downstairs ares.  Plenty of seating and delicious matcha.  This is a quirky run shop by two friends from business school.  The vibe is super chill.  One of the walls is has an elaborate wallpaper illusion done in green chalk by artist Rajiv Surendra aka Kevin G from “Mean Girls”.  Kevin G’s Calligraphy site

Perfect date to try something new, and for those matcha lovers this quirky place does it right!!

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!

TIP: In the summer they leave the windows open and it is pretty glorious.

The Matcha Website

94 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

Hours:  Monday to Thursday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Friday 9 AM –  8:00 PM

Saturday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Sunday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

94 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

(347) 508-3518

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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

 

 

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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

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