During the cold winter months in New York City, date nights are the perfect time to get warm and cozy with the one you love. Take your date to one of these restaurants, bars or fun activities to get close (or hot and bothered) this season. By Sarah Shaker.
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Apertivo Thursdays, Sauce Restaurant
Make your foodie date smile with a happy hour fit for Italian food lovers. Every Thursday from 6-8 p.m., you can head to Sauce in the Lower East Side for drink deals and delicious appetizers at their Apertivo. Enjoy $5 Negroni, Aperol spritz and $4 Moretti, plus the best part – free passed spuntini (Italian Hors D’uoerves). For an extra special treat, sometimes they’ll feature viewings of Sauce’d, their Italian food, wine and travel show featuring owner and chef Frank Prisinzano. Learn, sip and snack at this ultimate (and affordable) New York City meets Italy date night.
Wish you had the time and extra cash to head Upstate for a cabin getaway with your crush? Look no further than Camp in Brooklyn, complete with the campfire and romantic ambiance. Sip a cocktail and make s’mores, as you cozy up to your date in this indoor camping setting. Urbanites can get a little taste of the country without the long train ride out of the city at Camp.
Fondue, The Bourgeois Pig
From sweet to savory, you can dip your way into dating bliss at Bourgeois Pig in the East Village. The Mozarrella with Provelone, Parmesan and Romano, seasoned with rosemary, thyme, and oregano is one of their best cheesy sellers. And the Milk Chocolate fondue with Grand Marnier and toffee chips is as sexy as chocolate and booze can get. No matter which fondue you choose, you can pair them with champagne cocktails for the ultimate in romance.
Liberty View Rink
Want to avoid the tourist-packed Citi Pond at Bryant Park and Rockefeller Center rinks? Head downtown to skate at the recently opened Liberty View for an active outdoor winter date. Admission is $10 and skate rentals are only $5 per person to enjoy this new outdoor rink with a pretty iconic New York City view. Downtown businesses could still use your patronage post-Sandy, so make sure to grab hot chocolate or dinner in the neighborhood to warm up post-skate.
Urban S’Mores, Max Brenner
A sweet tasting for two will take you back to your childhood days by a bonfire, only now with adult flirting as you melt, stack and taste s’mores at your table. Max Brenner in Union Square gives you the opportunity to get close to your date in a chocolate lovers haven. And for an even more adult-friendly treat, try one of their chocolate cocktails like their most popular drink, Max’s White Russian with Absolut vodka, Kahlua, and white chocolate served on the rocks.
Unless you’re an extremist, it’s probably too cold to go rock climbing outdoors. Brooklyn Boulders is your indoor rock-climbing wall to the rescue. Get fit and active with your date at this gym with a Day Pass for $22 or only $19 for students. You can rent shoes, a harness, chalk bag or a full gear kit for all of your climbing date needs.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.