From 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
Hip Pizzeria just outside The High Line at 14th St. Come on in and sample one of these delicious Pizzas. The staff is so friendly and the Pizza is so good it with reinforce your love of gluten. They also have a vegan option. And they have a pool table.
Also, they have cocktails. Like, specialty cocktails. Like, one of them is served in a light bulb! So you and your date are sure to have a great time. This restaurant makes me proud to be a New Yorker.
Milk bar is one of a kind. Cute desserts and ice cream with unique twists and flavors. Its hip and unpretentious. Do yourself a favor and check out this adorable milk bar. If you aren’t in the village they have locations all over the cit. Check out MILK bar for more info.
You and your date can explore some new flavors. Maybe get a Kati Roll Company first and then pop into Milk Bar for some dessert. Or— If the weather is nice take the goodies to go and check out Washington Square Park
TIP: Try the cereal milk ice cream. Its bizarre and spot on
Marie’s Crisis is adorable. Right in the gay section in the West Village just walk down some stairs into this Broadway haven. Everyone is friendly and loves show tunes. Feel free to sing along or to just stand and enjoy. If your date likes Broadway, singing or new experiences this is one not to miss. It is a New York staple and always a fun time.
Big Gay Ice Cream is right around the corner! What pairs better than gay Broadway singing? Gay Ice Cream!
TIP: If you tip the pianist they take recommendations!
PRICE: Well drinks are $6.00
LOCATION: 59 Grove St, West Village, New York, NY 10014
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!
This place is delicious. A Kati Roll is basically an Indian burrito. The perfect place to stop in for a quick bit with your date. They are more of a snack then a full meal, but well worth putting in your mouth. Be adventurous and get the goat meat wrap or stick with a staple and get the chicken Tikki Roll. Kati Roll Website
Your date will love that you know such a hip interesting place, and the casualness of the location will make you both feel at ease. Eat in the restaurant or take it to go and walk over to Washington Square Park
TIP: You can choose either a Paratha or a Roti…choose the Paratha!! delicious
PRICE: Around $6.
LOCATION: 99 MacDougal Street New York , NY 10012
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