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35 Romantic Outings in New York City (Affordable & Fun Activities!)

Explore 35 romantic and affordable outings in NYC! From Broadway to hidden gems, find perfect date ideas for every couple. Ideal for travelers seeking love & fun.

Tobi Miles
July 1, 2022
35 Romantic Outings in New York City (Affordable & Fun Activities!)

Whether you’re a native New Yorker or are just visiting for the weekend, you’re in the perfect place for some serious romance. Between Broadway, dozens of five-star restaurants, horse-drawn carriage rides, and a night scene that never stops, you’re sure to find the perfect outing to wine and dine with your partner.

It doesn’t matter if it’s your first date or your fifteenth anniversary; grand gestures of romance go hand in hand with the City That Never Sleeps. Let’s find you the perfect date idea for any budget. We might even have a few things to do that you’ve never considered, so read on and get ready to wow the love of your life!

1. Williamsburg Brooklyn Food Tasting and Walking Tour

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New York is full of cultural experiences, and the Williamsburg Brooklyn Food Tasting and Walking Tour is a wonderful date idea!

Taste your way through Brooklyn’s best on a three-hour tour that has rave reviews on many different platforms.

You’ll have a foodie guide to walk you through Williamsburg and introduce you to some of the best up-and-coming restaurants, as well as some tips on where to go when you come back to Williamsburg for a quiet date night.

The food and bottled water are included in the tour price of $72 per person, but you’ll need to have gratuity ready for the adventure.

The ticket includes six tastings, which they rotate frequently, so if you have fun the first time, be sure to call back and see what new things they have in store later!

Address: Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York

Phone Number: (855) 275-5071 (Code: 117489P2)

Things to Know: Available on Fridays Only

Cost: $72/person

TripAdvisor Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

2. New York One World Observatory

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With several experiences available, the One World Observatory can be as classy or laid back as you’d like.

You can book either the Lite Bite and Sweet Treat experience for $105 per person or try their Happy Hour Bar Bites for $85. Whichever you choose, you’ll have a view of New York City like no other.

If you’d like to experience more than dining, there are several ticket levels available that allow you to choose between a virtual or guided tour of the building, all of which provide access to the Observatory on the top floor.

There is also a Global Welcome Center where you can enter your place of origin and become part of the world’s largest LED display on earth!

Address: 117 West St, New York, NY 10007

Phone Number: (212) 602-4000


Things to Know: Reservations required for the dining experiences.

Cost: Lite Bite and Sweet Treat - $105/person  |  Happy Hour Bar Bites - $85/person

Yelp Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

3. Top of the Rock Observation Deck

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For a truly unique and romantic evening, consider starting it with the VIP, private guided tour experience at Top of the Rock. Skip the lines and get ready to feel as if you’re the only people gazing out at the skyline.

You’ll see the Observation Deck and Rainbow Room, after the dazzling experience of ascending to the top of Rockefeller Plaza.

Tickets are $125 per person, and they include a $30 photo session for you and your date. The tour is 45 minutes long and you’ll receive a 20% discount at the gift shop before you leave.

This excursion is perfect for the beginning of your date night, as you’ll get top priority for the elevators and not have to worry about a wait. What are you waiting for? Book now and build the perfect night out!

And, if you want to cap off the night with some entertainment, book tickets to see the biggest stars on Broadway.

Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112

Phone Number: (212) 698-2000


Things to Know: Tours are available daily from 10 am to 5 pm.

Cost: $125/person (includes $30 photo session)Yelp Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

4. Secret Food Tour

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While the Secret Food Tour isn’t quite a secret, it’s a fun day out with three different options to choose from. It’s all about the deep history of New York City while eating amazing dishes that are reminiscent of days gone by.

It takes place in Greenwich Village, inside Bensonhurst in Brooklyn, and is a walking guided tour. Each tour is 3 to 3.5 hours long with six stops and you can choose to go with a group of 10-12 or sign up for a private tour.

From bagels to cupcakes and falafels to pizza, you’ll find the perfect tour to get a true Taste of New York! You can also purchase an upgraded drinks package for a little wining and dining fun.

Address: 323 6th Avenue, New York, NY  10014


Things to Know: Group tours take place daily at 11 am, but private tours are flexible.

Cost: Varies by packageYelp Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

5. Prospect Park

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A 526-acre expanse nestled in Brooklyn’s Backyard, Prospect Park is the perfect place to go for a picnic date. It’s run by the Prospect Park Alliance after being designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted, the creators of Central Park, in the 1800s.

You can ride a merry-go-round, stroll the paths, see a concert, and eat amazing street food, allowing you to make the day or evening as romantic as you’d like.

During certain times of the year, there’s an outdoor food market that gets millions of visitors. It happens each Sunday between April and October.

There are several guided tours available as well, one of which is an introduction to birdwatching. There’s also a zoo and an ice skating rink!

Address: 95 Prospect Park W, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Phone Number: (718) 965-8951


Things to Know: Great for a free or inexpensive date.

TripAdvisor Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

6. Dagon

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For one of the best Mediterranean dinners in the Big Apple, try Dagon, an exciting and unexpected restaurant on Broadway. Reviews say it’s perfect for foodies, and it’s been listed as one of the top 12 romantic restaurants in New York by OpenTable.

You can do brunch for a romantic morning out or try their dinner menu, which boasts some of the most amazing lamb and chicken liver mousse around.  If cocktails pique your interest, try the Dagon Sour or Jaffan.

With good service, great food, and a relaxed atmosphere, it truly is a New York City gem. Be sure to make reservations, as this restaurant is not a well-kept secret and can be packed regardless of the hour.

Address: 2454 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

Phone Number: (212) 873-2466


Things to Know: Price-$$$

Yelp Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

7. La Grenouille

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For French food with an artsy flair, La Grenouille is an Haute French restaurant with a cult following in Midtown Manhattan. It’s touted as one of the most romantic dining experiences in New York, with low lighting, amazing food, and an ambience that whispers sultry in your ear.

Even better, it’s only a two minute walk from St. Patrick’s Cathedral so that a lovely after-dinner stroll can complete the experience.

The menu boasts pistachio soufflé, dover sole, frog legs, lobster medallions, and pan-seared foie gras, as well as saffron spiced lobster bisque and melt in your mouth scallops.

As one of the truly romantic restaurants in New York, you’ll need to make reservations well ahead of time to ensure a table.

Address: 3 E 52nd St, New York, NY  10022

Phone Number: (212) 752-1495


Things to Know: Open from 3:30 to 9:30 Wednesday through Saturday

OpenTable Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

8. Le Parisien Bistrot

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For the perfect wine and dine excursion, Le Parisien Bistrot in Murray Hill offers exquisite vintages and food on a budget. Get the classic taste of France without the splurge!

They offer escargot, steak frites, moules marinieres, and recommended wine with each dish. Frequent diners recommend skipping the appetizer and going for the desert instead, as their crème brûlée and apple tart tatin is divine.

Even better, their brunch package is only $16.95 per person at 11 am on Saturdays and Sundays, and their menu doesn’t have an item over $30. As with any good restaurant in New York, you’ll want to make reservations in advance!

Address: 163 E 33rd St, New York, NY  10016

Phone Number: (212) 889-5489


Things to Know: Price - $$

OpenTable Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

9. TakeAChef

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Romance doesn’t mean you need to leave your house. For the ultimate date night privacy, consider having a chef make dinner in your very own kitchen. With over 500 chefs available, TakeAChef has made a reputation as one of the best private chef bookings in New York.

You can tailor your meal to your liking, with 3.5 courses from a wide range of cuisine. The average cost is relatively pricey, but entirely worth it.

Curious how it works? Once you book your chef and reserve a time, you pick your menu. Then they come to your home with all the ingredients, cook the meal in your kitchen, serve it, then clean up and leave you and your date with no mess and a fantastic meal. They request that you book at least two days in advance.


Things to Know: Chef selection is available on their website

Yelp Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

10. Red Hook Winery

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If you’d like a fun and simple romantic excursion, consider Red Hook Winery. They have a fabulous menu full of dozens of wines, and for just $12, you can also enjoy a tasting of six.

You’ll also find the perfect charcuterie board pairings to bring out the true flavors. If you’re interested in more than tastings, they also offer flights, glasses, and bottles for their customers to enjoy.

The winery itself is set on the waters of Upper New York Bay in Brooklyn, right on the pier, making it the perfect place for a date night. Stroll down to the Pier 44 Waterfront Garden or take a short walk to Valentino Pier on the other side.

Address: 175 Van Dyke Street Pier 41, Unit 325A, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Phone Number: (347) 689-2432


Yelp Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

11. Greenwich Literary Pub Crawl

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Touted as New York City’s best walking tour and running for 22 years, the Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl might not sound the most romantic to all, but it’s sure to capture the heart of many just the same.

For now, these tours are private or virtual-only, but that makes for the perfect opportunity to go on a fantastic tour for two without a group of people.

Soon, however, for a great price, you’ll be able to join the Greenwich Pub Crawl at 2 pm on a Saturday. If you visit their website, you’ll also find special tours, like the Ya Didn’t Know It Poets, which happens on Thursdays at 7 pm.

If the person you’re taking out happens to love poetry or classic literature, you can’t go wrong with this choice. It’s been closed down for a few years, so if they’ve never been or went years ago, now’s the time!


Things to Know: Select availability

TripAdvisor Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

12. Frevo

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Vegas may dazzle, but New York has hidden secrets that leave you feeling like you’ve stolen a moment in time. Frevo, a restaurant in Greenwich, is one of them.

Some would say that speakeasies are a thing of the past, but they would be wrong. This restaurant is where art meets art, and the tasting plates and wine pairings are second to none.

The menus are seasonal, but they boast delicacies like Maine lobster, foie gras, hamachi, white asparagus, Colorado lamb, and rhubarb. Each plate is almost too beautiful to eat, but don’t let that stop you.

Enjoy the art of the famous Toma-L, then step through one of their paintings into an experience like none other. Don’t forget to make reservations well in advance!

Address: 48 W Eighth St, New York, NY 10011

Phone Number: (646) 455-0804


Things to Know: Price - $$$$, with two wine pairing options

Yelp Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

13. Atera

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When science meets food preparation, you’re in for a treat. Molecular gastronomy is incredibly popular, as it offers some truly amazing twists on classic cuisines.

At Atera, they offer a 18 course tasting menu with the perfect wine pairings. Keep in mind that each dish is more for the art and flavor than the filling, but that’s expected when you’re eating perfection.

Reservations must be made a month in advance, so you’re sure to wow your date with the planning and the romance if this is your pick. Keep in mind that the tasting menu and wine pairings are quite expensive, so be prepared to splurge.

If you’ve already been, feel free to go again. They have a revolving menu that aligns with the seasons and changes frequently for a new experience each time.

Address: 77 Worth Street, New York, NY  10013

Phone Number: (212) 226-1444


Things to Know: Price - $$$$

Yelp Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

14. Robert

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For the perfect date before strolling Central Park, try Robert, a restaurant located on the top floor of The Museum of Arts and Design. The view from there is amazing, making it the best place to sip hand designed cocktails and have delicious tapas while watching the sunset.

Each dish is served with aesthetics in mind, looking classy, simple, and artsy. They also have live music each night to set the mood. Many reviews say this is a date night you won’t forget. Be sure to order the Creekstone Filet Mignon or the Crescent Duck Breast depending on your tastes.

They are closed on Mondays but offer lunch Tuesday through Friday, brunch on the weekends, and dinner six days a week with reservations.

Address: 2 Columbus Cir, New York, NY  10019

Phone Number: (212) 299-7730


Things to Know: Price - $$$

OpenTable Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

15. Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

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For a calm and tranquil afternoon in the ever-bustling Brooklyn, spend time at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. The luscious greenery and sweet smelling blossoms are perfect for romance.

You’ll see Wichurana roses, dogwood blooms, valerian, floribunda, surf rider shrubs, foxglove, Rocky Mountain columbine, false indigo, azaleas, allium, and much more.

Hand in hand with the heady scent of blooms in the air, this date idea can be as sweet or saucy as you’d like. It’s all in your intentions. Have a tame kiss under the tunnel of roses, or sneak behind a towering bush to leave your partner breathless.

If you become a member, you can frequent their twilight hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, including live performances each Thursday night. Admission is $18.

Address: 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225

Phone Number: (718) 622-0963


Things to Know: Closed on Mondays

TripAdvisor Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Related Read: 20 Top Treehouse Rentals in New York

16. Chelsea Market

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With dozens of tours available and an authentic New York ambiance, the Chelsea Market can make for a fun day out. You’ll find live music, amazing food, and shopping galore. They host big band swing nights and cheese tastings, too.

With so much going on, you can go time and again for a romantic evening or a fun and exciting brunch. Head to the Cull & Pistol for fantastic seafood, Miznon for authentic Israeli, Takumi Taco for Japanese-Mexican fusion, or Tings for a Jamaican fix.

If drinks are what you’re after, try a beer garden like Creamline or La Devozione for a glass of wine.

Address: 75 Ninth Ave, New York, NY 10011

Phone Number: (212) 652-2110


Things to Know: Closes early on Sundays

TripAdvisor Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

17. Essex Market

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Not all date nights need to be an evening out. Head to the Essex Market and stock up for a romantic evening. There is a wide array of cuisine to choose from, and you can get everything from appetizers to dessert.

Part of the experience is the atmosphere, which is New York through and through. It’s all about small businesses, which often fall through the cracks of the Big Apple.

Plan to get there about 3 pm to get everything you need. You can also ask the vendors for recipes or buy food already made and take it to a local park for a picnic. Whatever you choose, every vendor comes highly recommended, so you can’t go wrong!

Address: 88 Essex St, New York, NY  10002

Phone Number: (212) 312-3603


Things to Know: Open until 9 pm on Friday and Saturday

TripAdvisor Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

18. Dekalb Market Hall

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Of course, any guide about food and romance in New York City would have to include Dekalb Market Hall. Below City Point Tower, this cafeteria-style food hall is the perfect place to go for a first date, as there are so many food options to choose from, you’re both bound to leave pleased.

While there are many dinner options, consider heading over for brunch to be truly wowed. There are 55 vendors, all hand-picked by Anna Castenalli, who has requested that each business use neon signage to give it that old-school feel that’s been rapidly disappearing from many locations.

You’ll be able to find some of the most authentic ethnic food in Brooklyn and eat it in cozy-style booths or open tables for two in this subterranean market.

Address: 445 Albee Square W, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone Number: (929) 359-6555


Things to Know: Open 11 am to 11 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 am to 9 pm on Sunday and Monday

Yelp Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

19. Bateaux New York Premier Dinner Cruise

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Many cruises are available to see the sights, but this one was created for a memorable and romantic time out. It starts at Chelsea Pier and winds down the Hudson River, where you can see the New York skyline right from the water.

You’ll wine and dine with a gourmet three-course meal during the three-hour cruise, with several 15-minute stops for photo opportunities at places such as New York Harbor, Empire State Building, Seaport District New York, Manhattan Bridge, the SeaGlass Carousel, and the Statue of Liberty.

The boat has glass walls, allowing you to take in the sights regardless of the weather, so rest assured you’ll have a good time snow or shine!

Address: Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, New York, NY  10011


Things to Know: Semi-formal dress code.

TripAdvisor Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Related Read: 20 Best Waterfalls in New York

20. Harlem Safe House Jazz Parlor

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On the first Thursday of each month, The Harlem Safe House Jazz Parlor is open to a select few. There is no set destination, as in true Jazz fashion, these concerts take place in the brownstones of the performers. This is an unforgettable experience that holds enough history to make your date swoon.

With only thirty guests each month, you’ll want to reserve your $60 tickets well in advance. Once you book, they’ll let you know when and where to meet up.

The live Jazz concert includes wine and hors d’oeuvres, as well as dessert, so be sure you book dinner for after the event. You’re welcome to bring a camera and record the session.

Address: Undisclosed

Phone Number: (212) 662-7779


Things to Know: Venue subject to change, only 30 reservations per event

TripAdvisor Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

21. Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest

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While you can easily peruse Chinatown and Little Italy on your own, it’s worth joining a food tour to get a true feel and the best experience.

This three-hour tasting tour takes you to the best of the best, and you needn’t worry about navigating your way through the expansive districts.

You’ll start with an Italian highlight, cannoli, before stepping foot in mom and pop shops and charming “hole in the wall” eateries for prosciutto, olives, fresh pasta, and cheeses, before heading to Chinatown for dumplings and traditional Chinese pastries.

At the end, you’ll get a list of the places you visitors and discounts for the next time you stop by. The food tour costs $125 per person but is well worth the price for a romantic whirlwind of decadent eats. You’ll be able to skip the lines to each restaurant and learn all about these bustling cultural phenomenons.

Address: Corner of Mott/Pell in Chinatown


Things to Know: Three hour tour, wine and beer for those 21+.

Viator Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

22. Foods of NY Tour

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Touted as one of the best food tour businesses in New York, Foods of New York has various options to choose from depending on your mood and your date’s favorites.

They offer Heart & Soul of Greenwich Village, a food tour with a stroll through Washington Square, Chelsea Market & the Highline, which takes you through the meatpacking district, The Original Greenwich, which is all about the mom and pop eateries, Flavors of Chinatown, the perfect Asian cuisine sampling tour, and Nolita & the Secrets of Little Italy, for excellent Italian you won’t find elsewhere!

Even better, each of these tours can be booked as a private experience, allowing you to make it romantic and cozy without all the extra guests. Just be ready to eat amazing food and learn all about the local lifestyle.

Address: 9 Barrow St, New York, NY 10014


Things to Know: Tour is three hours long

TripAdvisor Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

23. FIGO Il Gelato Italiano

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For mouth-watering gelato in a charming and cozy setting, consider taking your date to FIGO Il Gelato in Little Italy. Considered one of the best places for genuine gelato, they have many flavors for you and your date to enjoy.

Their all-natural gelato flavors include Limone, Fragola (strawberry), Frutto della Passione (passion fruit), Frutti di Bosco (mixed berry), Mango, Nerone (dark chocolate), Cocco (coconut), Stracciatella (chocolate chip), Oreo, Dulce de Leche (caramel), the fan favorite Cannoli, and many more.

Their prices are fantastic and you can also get hand packed pints and pounds to go. To add a little romance to this sweet experience, walk a few blocks to the M’Finda Kalunga Community Gardens after grabbing your order.

Address: 178 Mulberry St, New York, NY  10013

Phone Number: (212) 226-6758


Things to Know: Price - $$

Yelp Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

24. The High Line

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Arguably one of the classiest parks in New York City, the High Line truly is perfect for a romantic evening. It’s a near 1.5-mile elevated greenway on the west side of Manhattan, created by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Piet Oudolf, and James Corner.

It starts on Gansevoort Street and stretches all the way to 34th, offering beautiful views amidst the tall buildings of the skyline.

There are many tours available at modest prices, the best of which is called Secrets of the High Line, which takes small groups of tourists and natives on a two-hour tour that includes the Chelsea Meatpacking District and an overview of the many art galleries along the path.

If you decide to forgo the tours, consider stopping by a local eatery and getting your lunch or dinner to go and heading to the High Line Observation Deck. It’s the perfect place for a picnic.

Address: Chelsea Meatpacking District to 34th St, New York, NY

Things to Know: Several access points along route

TripAdvisor Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

25. Manhattan Skyline Buffet Dinner Cruise with Live DJ

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While many Native New Yorkers might not be impressed by the skyline along New York Harbor, including the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge, if you’ve never been, this is an attractive choice.

The cruise offers 2.5 hours of evening fun with a three-course buffet meal and a live DJ. You and your date can dance the evening away with great food and gorgeous views.

You’ll start your tour at Pier 36, sailing under the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge, before heading towards the tallest building in the Aestern Hemisphere, Freedom Tower.

Next, you’ll find yourself on the Hudson River, where you’ll see the Empire State Building and many other amazing sights.

There is a bar on board, but non-alcoholic drinks are included. You’ll also have several photo opportunities designed to give you the best backdrop for your New York evening.

Address: Pier 36, South St, New York, NY  10004


Things to Know: Available rain or shine

GetYourGuide Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Related Read: 15 Best Waterfalls Near Ithaca, New York

26. The Met

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, better known as the Met, can make for an unforgettable date night. With over a dozen exhibitions at any given time and located in Central Park, you’ll have plenty to see and do before heading out for a romantic dinner.

Each week also brings new events to enjoy, so this is a great place to go and make a new day date tradition with your loved one.

For a truly amazing experience, consider getting tickets to the Clarion Society: Josquin des Prez, which consists of an orchestral performance by the Clarion Choir and Orchestra in the breathtaking Fuentidueña Chapel.

You can also attend one of the Sight and Sound series performances, culminating centuries of art juxtaposed with classical music.

Address: 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY  10028

Phone Number: (212) 535-7710


Things to Know: Closed on Wednesdays

Google Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

27. Guggenheim

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Another gorgeous museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim, has a lot to offer. The contemporary art will speak to your soul, but it’s the performances within that truly make the experience one of a kind.

From poetry to members-only events, you’re sure to find something that piques your interest. Be sure to check the calendar on their website for the current exhibits and event lineups.

After you’re done at the museum, take a walk through Central Park and see Belvedere Castle, or map out a tour of the beautiful sculptures nearby, such as the King Jagiello monument or the Group of Bears Statues.

You’ll also find dozens of five-star restaurants nearby to add that flair of true romance you’re looking for.

Address: 1071 5th Ave, New York, NY  10128

Phone Number: (212) 423-3500


Things to Know: Closed on Tuesdays

Google Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

28. Museum of Interesting Things

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For a one of a kind experience, the DennyDaniel Museum of Interesting Things offers antiques, oddities, and a speakeasy. Entry is by appointment only, making it feel exclusive and high class.

While it has a physical address, it’s also a traveling museum that will come to you if you desire. This might not seem like the most romantic date choice, but all it takes is a little love and a sparkle in their eye to bring the excitement forth.

The best thing about this traveling museum is it isn’t hands off. You’ll be able to touch and use each item, making it an excellent and immersive experience.  This is perfect for lovers of antiques, old cameras, telephones, films, and other really neat memorabilia of times gone past.

For more information about the speakeasy and how to get an invite, check their website or Facebook.

Address: 60 E 8th St, New York, NY  10003

Phone Number: (212) 274-8757


Things to Know: By appointment only

Google Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

29. MoMA

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The Museum of Modern Art is a must-see nod to the era of modernism. Wow your date with sophistication at their Sculpture Closure, or have a fun night out at their Party in the Garden. You can also screen films, go on private tours, or listen to the voices intertwined with the history of New York.

While you’re there, be sure to dine at The Modern, the restaurant within MoMA. It’s a fusion of French and New American, and the tasting menu is one of a kind. Be sure to make reservations in advance, as this is a trendy dining option.

To complete your romantic date, consider taking a walk to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Rockefeller Center, or any of the dozens of Fifth Avenue shopping experiences. You can also take a short stroll to Paley Park if you’re not ready for the night to end.

Address: 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY  10019

Phone Number: (212) 708-9400


Things to Know: Open late on Saturdays

Google Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

30. Sculpt Without Sight at Unarthodox

Credit: Unarthodox / Facebook

Take away your sense of sight and sculpt together while blindfolded at Unarthodox. This one-of-a-kind experience can heighten your sense of touch in just the right way for a fantastic evening. By stripping away your most used sense, your others begin to compensate, so plan for a savory dinner afterwards at home.

Unarthadox is as unorthodox as it gets. You won’t be taking your sculptures home. The point is the experience, and they’re experts at sculpting the perfect date night. You can work together with your partner to build an unseen masterpiece, or simply work side by side.

This is a 1.5 hour event, with beer and wine available by request. Like many other items on the list, it’s very popular, so book early! You can join others or book a private event. If you enjoy it, check out their other art experiences!

Address: 547 West 27th St, Suite 300, New York, NY  10001

Phone Number: (646) 964-4733


Fever Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

31. The Couple Spa

Credit: The Couple Spa

Touted as a true getaway within the bustling city, The Couple Spa caters specifically to couples looking to be pampered and spoiled together.

Their signature Rose Room offers complete privacy with a rose petal bath, champagne, a sauna, massage tables, and massage chairs. It’s romance at its finest and anything goes. They also offer aromatherapy massages, a royal bath package, detox, and a honeymoon package.

Their recent renovation has ensured everything is sleek and modern while still feeling cozy and sensual. It’s all about rekindling that connection, and reviews say it’s one of a kind. So take a break, sign up, and let them do the rest!

Address: 320 E 65th St, New York, NY  10065

Phone Number: (929) 344-2888


Things to Know: By appointment only

Yelp Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Related Read: 15 Romantic Getaways in New York

32. Le Boudoir

Credit: Le Boudoir

Underneath Chez Moi and hidden behind a bookcase is a secret cocktail bar that offers a sexy and sinful atmosphere reminiscent of Versailles.

In fact, it’s modeled after Marie Antoinette’s actual boudoir, which you can imagine is quite over the top. While you’re there, enjoy cocktails and amazing food with live jazz and dancing.

They’ve recently reopened with a whole new lineup of cocktails and apps, so you’ll need to call to find out what’s on their new menus, but all reviews say it’s well worth the visit.

You can also eat at Chez Moi upstairs, a French bistro well known for their fantastic fare at a great price. It’s truly the best place for an evening of romance and revelry.

Address: 135 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, New York  11201

Phone Number: (347) 227-8337


Things to Know: Reservation required

Yelp Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

33. Catacombs by Candlelight

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For an intimate tour that won’t break the bank, try Catacombs by Candlelight, a trip through the catacombs in the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. This area is normally closed down to tourists, but for under $40 per person, you can take a 1.5 hour tour with a small group of people.

It’s gorgeous, serene, and perfect for cuddling close hand in hand while you walk through and learn the history of what lies beneath New York. As the name suggests, the tour is given by candlelight.

You’ll get to see the amazing Neo-Gothic architecture of the vaulted ceilings and the stained glass windows and hear the organ play its haunting notes.

Address: 34 Prince St, New York, NY 10012


Things to Know: Available Friday through Monday

Viator Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

34. Manhattan Helicopter Tours

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If you really want to go all out, a helicopter tour might be the answer you’re looking for to make your date extra special. Manhattan Helicopter Tours offers many different packages, from 15 min to half an hour, depending on what you’d like to see.

They have a classic, deluxe, and VIP experience. You’ll be able to view New York in a way that only a bird’s eye can provide.

Depending on the tour you choose, you’ll see the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, One World Trade Center, Battery Park, Times Square, Coney Island, Palisades Cliffs, and more.

We highly recommend booking dinner and a show after the flight to end the evening right.

Address: Manhattan Heliport, 6 East River Piers, New York, NY  10004

Phone Number: (212) 845-9822


Things to Know: Call between 8 am and 8 pm to book.

Viator Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

35. Dance Together NYC

Credit: DanceTogetherNYC / Facebook

Whether you’d like to take lessons in your living room or want the whole experience of an instructor, nothing quite says romance like learning how to dance.

Dance Together NYC is run by Simone Assboeck, who has been teaching couples to dance for over 15 years. She’s fine with teaching you to Waltz, but she would rather you be able to Hustle, Rumba, and do the East Coast Swing to songs you’ll actually hear while out and about.

This date night will leave you with lasting skills and beautiful memories that you can use for years to come. Imagine taking your partner out for a stroll and being able to spin and dip them anywhere, anytime. That sounds lovely!

You can also sign up for private lessons with Simone and tailor your playlist and move set. Regardless of what you choose to do, this will be an unforgettable experience that leads to years of romance.

Address: 520 8th Ave, New York, NY  10018

Phone Number: (877) 864-3353


Things to Know: Check website for suggested attire

Yelp Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tobi Miles
Article updated:
March 28, 2024
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