Planning a date on a budget can be hard—and often it’s the ideas, not the budget, that’s the hardest part. Whether you’ve been together forever or are taking someone out for the first time, you want to do something fun, something different, and know that your money is being well spent.
If you’re looking for new date ideas in New York check out this list of 14 great date ideas, in and around New York City.
#1 – Check out laser tag at Bowlmor Chelsea Piers
Are you in the mood for some nostalgia? Pick up a game of laser tag or two for your next date. It’s super friendly on the wallet and super fun, especially in the neon-colored arena of Bowlmor Chelsea Piers. A single game lasts for 15 minutes, and you probably won’t need more than two. Keep in mind that prime-time hours are slightly more expensive.
This date idea costs: $9–11 each
#2 – Get competitive at Brooklyn Zoo in Williamsburg
Get way outside the box with this next date idea. If you and your date are super active—and a tad competitive—try a ninja warrior date at Brooklyn Zoo in East Williamsburg. This super bright and open gym is a playground for grown ups. Come by and tackle the ninja warrior course—add a bit of friendly competition and see who can complete the course the fastest.
This date idea costs: $25 each
#3 – Get locked into a room together
Being locked inside a room together for a full hour will give you plenty of time to get to know each other. Check out Komnata Quest with locations across the city in Greenpoint, the Financial District, and Long Island City. If you two are brave enough, try extremely provocative Seven Sinful Pleasures room at the Greenpoint location. Just note that the price goes up during prime hours!
This date idea costs: $28–38 each
#4 – Get creative with wine at Pinot’s Palette
With six locations to choose from in New York City, Pinot’s Palette is a fool-proof date idea. Taking an evening art class will help you both get outside your comfort zones—and since there’s an instructor taking you through the whole thing step-by-step, it’s actually not half as hard as it looks. Added bonus, there’s a full bar to help you get those creative juices flowing.
This date idea costs: $35–40 each
#5 – Enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine together
If you like traditional food and enjoy slow and healthy cooking, take a special cooking class at Osakana in Williamsburg. This specialty shop excels in authentic, artisanal Japanese cuisine. You can take a demonstration class for $35, or go all in with a hands-on cooking class, which costs more but also includes dinner.
This date idea costs: $35 each
#6 – Experience the charm of Nolita and NoHo
Nolita and Noho
For a food tour closer to home check out the authentic eats of Nolita and Noho on a Foods of New York food tour. Wander around this hip neighborhood, exploring its delectable Italian offerings, unique Mexican street foods, and even trying a Brooklyn blackout cupcake. This tour will take you to best artisanal shops, food trucks, and pizza parlors.
This date idea costs: $54 each
#7 – Spend the day on the water with Manhattan Kayaks
Nothing beats summer dates on the water. Enjoy the sun and spectacular views of the city with Manhattan Kayaks. For beginners, check out the Skyline Kayak Tour, which rolls a kayaking lesson in with a cruise along the Manhattan shoreline.
This date idea costs: $60 each
#8 – Learn to make your own cocktails at Liquid Lab NYC
If you like cocktails head to Liquid Lab NYC and take their public cocktail making class. In this informative and fun workshop offered twice per month you can learn to make drinks in a whole new way. But it sells out fast, so book in advance!
This date idea costs: $80 each
#9 – Learn to paddleboard in Lower Manhattan
It’s always fun to learn something new. Why not try stand up paddleboarding with the New York Kayak Company. The SUP lesson lasts for two hours and they get you ready to confidently stand on the water. Once you’ve mastered the basics, come back for a signature SUP tour or try SUP Yoga.
This date idea costs: $100 each
#10 – Make gelato together at Mia Chef Gelateria
At Mia Chef Gelateria in Kips Bay you can learn to make gelato together. Figure out what the best summer flavors are and take home everything you make. Sampling is strongly encouraged—so this is a super sweet option, if a more expensive one.
This date idea costs: $120 each
#11 – Pull out all the stops and try indoor skydiving
If your date is a total adrenaline-junkie, treat them to an indoor skydiving experience at iFLY in Westchester. Check out their Spread Your Wings for Two package which includes four flights shared by two people. Don’t forget to take photos, because the experience looks amazing.
This date idea costs: $160 per couple
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