Where to go on a date in New York City

Where to go on a date in New York City

When my boyfriend and I first started dating two and a half years ago, we used to go out almost every night: cocktails, dinner, dive bars. But now he’s training for the New York City Marathon (!) and I prefer a vinyasa flow to a vodka soda, and so: our average night is more Netflix binge than Broadway opener.

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Even so, we still try to take advantage of the incredible array of  activities in New York City. It’s easy to forget how lucky we are to live somewhere with infinite new fun things to do, and I never want to look back on this time in our relationship and feel like we should have done more. So! Here are a few of our favorite ways to hang out in New York City, suitable whether it’s your first time in the city or you’re a local.

See a movie

…but not just at any movie theater. Nitehawk Cinema is the hippest place to see a movie: not only does it feature the latest indie films, but it also serves craft beer, cocktails and food at your seat. My boyfriend is a huge fan of the whiskey root beer float! They also do a bunch of cool series, like Saturday morning comics with an all-you-can-eat sugar cereal bar and mimosas. For more mainstream movies, we go to the AMC on 84th and Broadway for the luxe experience. Instead of regular seating, this theater has fancy leather recliners! That means there are fewer seats (and fewer people to make noise), but it’s SO much more comfortable.

Dizzy's Jazz Club in New York City

Listen to music

We went on a double date at Dizzy’s Jazz Club recently, and it was so much fun! The venue is absolutely incredible, with the artists as silhouettes in front of sweeping views of Central Park. You can sip a cocktail and eat dinner while listening to world-class jazz–and then pop over to Landmarc for a nightcap. Other options: Village Vanguard or Blue Note in the West Village.


My boyfriend is a huge comedy fan: he practically studies it as an art form. And one of his favorite date nights is a show at the Comedy Cellar. It’s a set of 5-6 comics, and you never know exactly who might show up: a lot of big-name comedians will swing by to try out their new jokes as they prepare for a show, and plenty of the SNL cast members are practically regulars. We saw Pete Davidson here a few weeks before his debut on SNL (he was SO funny!), and one time, Louis CK was the surprise closer.  Another option is stand-up at Upright Citizens Brigade.

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Go to the park

On Saturday afternoons, we love riding our bikes to Prospect Park and going around the loop–or meeting up with friends for a picnic in Central Park. Even just a picnic in Central Park on a pretty day or a stroll on a snowy day can feel so romantic! We haven’t done this yet–and I know it’s incredibly cliche and touristy–but I’m hoping to squeeze in a turn on those rowboats under Bow Bridge sometime soon.

See the art

There are so many world-class museums and super trendy art galleries in New York City, it’s tough to know where to start! Museum Hack was a really fun and different way to experience the Met, although I don’t think you can go wrong with a quick stroll through the galleries on the way to the Met’s rooftop bar on a summer night either. I always keep my ears open for interesting exhibits opening in Chelsea, like a white room filled with colorful polka dots. And next on my list is a late night exploration of the new Whitney Museum of American Art, followed by drinks and dinner in West Village.

Sailing the East River in New York City

Be on the water

There are a few ways to do this, at several budget levels. At the high-but-worth-it-at-least-once end: go on a sunset cruise to the Statue of Liberty, complete with cocktails. At the mid-end, take the East River ferry to a new neighborhood in Brooklyn for dinner (i.e. Williamsburg down to DUMBO) and time it around sunset. At the free end: hop on the Staten Island ferry, and then turn around and hop on the next one back to New York City!

Millionaire Magician show in New York City

Go to a show

We don’t do this nearly enough, but there are SO many options in New York City. We loved Larry David’s Broadway debut, and the Millionaire Magician is probably the coolest thing I’ve ever experienced. Next on my list are The Book of Mormon and Sleep No More!

What are your favorite date night ideas in New York City? 


  • Nevin

    I mean, this is the cutest post EVER. It’s so easy to lapse into a routine of takeout and Netflix so this is a good reminder to make the most of everything NYC/London has to offer! Dan and I love going out to dinner or to the theatre but we should mix it up a little. Big hugs to you and David! xxx

  • We did Sleep No More when we were *first* dating. i.e.: We were so new to dating that I was still nomadic and hadn’t yet moved to NYC but I flew back here to surprise Dante for just a weekend in between jobs. I *loved* it. But it’s also for sure weird and you can’t take photos, so it’s one for the memory books of the mind more than Instagram 😉

    LOVE this post, Christine!

  • I love comedy clubs in NYC! I wish I had gone to more of them before I moved to the Midwest!

    The crazy thing about Omaha is that almost all the movie theaters serve booze and food right to your seat. It’s pretty amazing! And a lot of the theaters have fully reclinable seats. SO nice!

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  • camorose

    You’re the sweetest! I feel like there are always cool new galleries opening in London–I want you two to check those out! And do Sleep No More with us next time you’re in the city! xxx

  • camorose

    Haha yes–you can’t take photos at Comedy Cellar or Nitehawk really, which is kind of why I wanted to write this post. They’re some of my favorite activities but hard to share on social! Definitely have heard good (and weird!) things about Sleep No More–need to make it happen in 2015! xo

  • camorose

    Oh I love that! It makes going to the movies so much more of an experience!

  • Katey W

    Brilliant list of dating ideas!! Definitely will check out the comedy clubs the next time I am in NYC. I love Broadway shows as well, I managed to catch a few like Wicked and Lion King. Previously I stayed in an apartment that was super near Times Square (I booked it on roomorama), so I could wait for the flash sales for the tickets in the morning. It was so much cheaper than buying it off the booths! The only bad thing was waiting in the cold (I was there year end of 2014, so it was chilly). But it was worth it!

    Thank you for this lovely post, it really brings back memories 🙂

  • camorose

    Thanks Katey! I really need to do some more Broadway shows–I just need someone to wait in line while I’m at work for those flash sales!

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