It can be hard to continuously come up with fun and fresh date ideas. But in New York City when you can choose between absinthe cocktail-making classes in Chinatown and everyday gourmet cooking workshops in Hell’s Kitchen, there’s no excuse for bad dates. Mix up your standard date night and check out these 10 unique date ideas that will never get old.
#1 – Take a cooking class together
Put a twist on the classic dinner date at Sur la Table. Eating together is always fun, but cooking together is even better. Show off your cooking skills or make jokes about not having any. Sur la Table regularly hosts date night cooking classes with menus ranging from romantic French cuisine to cozy home cooking.
#2 – Lock up your lover in an escape room
What could be more romantic than getting locked in a room together for 60 minutes? Check out Escape Games NYC in Tribeca for a premier room escape experience. There’s a reason this room is a favorite among New Yorkers—from high-quality room design to inventive puzzles and super special effects, these rooms will not disappoint. And best of all, these are private experiences, so they won’t cram a bunch of randos in with you and your date.
#3 – Get creative at Painting Lounge
You don’t need to be an artist to enjoy painting! Hop onto this boozy bandwagon at Painting Lounge, with its three BYOB studios in the New York area: Chelsea, Midtown, and Williamsburg. They’ll take you and your date through the whole process, step-by-step, while you share a bottle of wine. Must be legal drinking age to imbibe!
#4 – Be a tourist in your own city
There’s always new nooks and crannies to discover in Brooklyn. Speed up discovery with the Sunday Funday tour by Like a Local Tours. Nothing’s better than a lazy Sunday date—unless of course that lazy Sunday date is filled with delicious beer samples and local treats. This walking tour will take you all over Williamsburg and includes tastes of Brooklyn’s finest craft beer, sumptuous chocolates, spicy hot sauces, and more.
#5 – See what happens when you try absinthe
Take things up a notch with the absinthe mixology class at Apotheke in Chinatown. In this cocktail class with a twist, you’ll learn the traditional preparation of absinthe as well as how to make Apotheke’s signature absinthe cocktails. If absinthe isn’t your thing, check out Apotheke’s other offerings from Prohibition-Era Cocktails to Market-Fresh Mixology.
#6 – Get competitive at Brooklyn Zoo
Up your dating game with ninja warrior training at Brooklyn Zoo in East Williamsburg. If you’re both active and a bit competitive, this is a great way to put a whacky twist on the traditional date. You can take a ninja warrior training class for $25 each or drop by for an open gym and go wild on the obstacle course together. Brooklyn Zoo’s course is tricked out with all the classic obstacles, from the salmon ladder to monkey bars and warped walls.
#7 – Blow up your taste buds in Harlem
Introduce your date to new flavors and exotic locals without ever leaving New York. Check out Taste Harlem with its flavor-first walking tours. From restaurants with white linen tablecloths to finger-licking, paper-bag takeout places, Harlem has it all. You’ll try Caribbean soul food, African cuisines, and more.
#8 – Hit the rock climbing wall at Brooklyn Boulders
From bouldering to belaying, Brooklyn Boulders is a great place to have an action-packed date. There are two locations in NYC, the original BKB in Brooklyn and a new gym in Queensbridge. Here you and your date can take an introductory class for $79 each or pick up a day pass (for experienced climbers) for $32.
#9 – Get their heart racing at iFly
Sometimes it’s worth it to get out of the city. At iFly in Westchester County you can book a special indoor skydiving package for two. There’s nothing like simulated skydiving to get your date’s heart rate up! It’s all the excitement and stimulation of free falling without actually having to jump out of an airplane. With any luck this could be prep for your next date: actual skydiving.
#10 – Take an intimate helicopter tour for two
Wow them with this show-stopper of a date. If you’ve got a special anniversary coming up or want to celebrate an important milestone, do it cruising over Manhattan. Check out Manhattan Helicopters for premium views from above.
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