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Date Ideas for Every Budget In New York

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 great date ideas in 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 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

sushi making classes

Try authentic Japanese cuisine from sushi to ramen at Osakana

#4 – 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


Food tour date ideas

Enjoy authentic Italian in Hoboken on with Mangia Food Tours

#5 – 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

#6 – 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

Cocktail class date idea

Up your collective cocktail game with a cocktail class at Liquid Labs NYC

#7 – 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

#8 – Learn to paddleboard in Lower Manhattan
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

Gelato making date idea

Keep everything you make at a Mia Chef Gelateria class

#9 – Make gelato together at Mia Chef Gelateria
Kips Bay

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

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