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!
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.
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.
Seniors (65+): $20
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
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.
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!
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.
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.