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
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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