NYC’s Best First Date Spots: Dinner, Drinks, Romantic Sites

August 2, 2016 6:00 AM

(Credit: Thinkstock)

(Credit: Thinkstock)

Dating can be a stressful experience. It’s hard to find that special someone to spend time with, and once you do, it can be even harder to decide where to take time on that exciting first date. It’s make it or break it time, but luckily, we’re here to give you some ideas on some of the best first date spots in New York City.

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High Line



New York, NY
(212) 500-6035

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The High Line is open as late at 10 p.m., which gives ample time for a first date stroll. It has wonderful city and river views and plenty of things to do. There’s stargazing, art exhibits, dance parties and tours. You’ll be sure to find something that fits the personalities and interests of you and your date.

Mission Escape Games
55 Chrystie St.
New York, NY 10002
(347) 903-8860

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An “Escape the Room” type date is great ways to gauge how well the two of you work together. Plus it’s a fun, somewhat competitive way to spend an hour. At Mission Escape Games, you and your date work together with others to solve the clues and test your smarts. Do book in advance because it fills up fast. If you prefer a room just for you and your date, try the “Escape the Darkest Hour –” it’s a bit more expensive, but always guaranteed to be a private game.

Jane’s Carousel

Jane's Carousel at Brooklyn Bridge Park - Brooklyn, NY - Sep 15, 2011 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

Jane’s Carousel at Brooklyn Bridge Park (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

Dock St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 222-2502

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You may not want to admit it, but who doesn’t want to live inside a Rom-com — at least for a little while? At Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn, you and your date can recreate scenes straight out of a movie for your first date. Located right under the Brooklyn Bridge, the carousel provides access to date-worthy views of the Manhattan skyline. Tickets are less than $5 a person and the carousel is close to other Brooklyn hot spots, such as the Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Bronx Zoo

Bronx Zoo

(credit: Bronx Zoo)

2300 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10460
(718) 367-1010

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A stop at the Bronx Zoo is a fun “out of the box” idea for a first date. You two can snuggle up as you look at the adorable baby animals. Carriage rides may be cliché, but camel rides? You’ll get a lot of brownie points for taking your date on a camel ride through the zoo.

Nitehawk Cinema
136 Metropolitan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 782-8370

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Are you excited about that first date but want to ease into the night? Why not head over to Williamsburg and catch a film at the Nitehawk Cinema, an independent movie house. Another great aspect to Nitehawk Cinema is that it is a dine-in theater, which means you and your date can indulge in tasty food and drinks while watching a show. It has several special events like “Booze & Books” as well as seasonal film fests.

Tracy lives in the downstate area of New York. Some might call her an avid graduation affectionate (MA, Fordham University & MLS, SUNY Buffalo). She’d say she’s just waiting for the right degree to come along with a promise and a ring someday. Her work can be found on [javascript src=

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