Now that the weather has finally gotten cooler, it’s time to snuggle up with your date and explore the city. Here are five fun ways to spend time with that special someone in your life this winter. By Carly Petrone.

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(credit: Ayza)

(credit: Ayza)

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Enjoy a couples night out at Ayza in the West Village or at their Midtown location. This Sunday night special includes a cozy candlelit table (covered with rose petals) as well as complimentary Jacques Torres chocolate Truffles. Cheers to a night out with one of their signature Chocolate Martinis or Chocolate Manhattan. All you have to do is make a reservation through FIND A TABLE and type the code (romantic Sunday special) in the Special Requests’ box. Your date will definitely be impressed with this thoughtful gesture.

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(credit: grandcentralterminal.com)

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This winter you and your special someone can enjoy discounted dinner and drinks inside Grand Central Station. During the Dining Concourse in Concert series, guests can enjoy live music from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month along with special meal deals from participating restaurants including Zaro’s Bakery (a hot dog and a beer are less than $10), Central Market (buy any sandwich and a draft beer, fountain soda, or bottle of wine and get $2 off), and Shiro of Japan (build your own Chirashi Bowl for just $11.99). Plus, Café Spice will be offering a special menu for each concert and they’ll even deliver your food directly to your table. Holy Crow Jazz Band kicks off this fun indoor series on Feb. 4. Check website for more details.

A participant in the No Pants Subway Ride waits for a train in her underwear in New York subway on January 11, 2015 in New York City. (credit: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

A participant in the No Pants Subway Ride waits for a train in her underwear in New York subway on January 11, 2015 in New York City. (credit: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

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If you’re the adventurous type you may want to try your luck at participating in the No Pants Subway Ride 2016. Put on by Improv Everywhere in January, this annual tradition brings together random passengers in the city’s subway system, but there’s one catch: participants don’t wear pants. Not only that, but they behave as if they do not know each other, all while wearing winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. If you’re lucky enough to get onto their mailing list and receive details of the day, it’s certainly a fun way to show your silly side to your date. This year’s ride will take place on Jan. 10.

Credit: Facebook.com/ Full Circle Bar

Credit: Facebook.com/ Full Circle Bar

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Show your date your playful side by playing a few rounds of skee-ball at Full Circle Bar. This Brooklyn hot spot is perfect for a casual day or night out with a fun and low-key environment and plenty of fun snacks to nibble on – did someone say grilled cheese pretzels and gummi bears? Plus, you can show off your trivia skills at Rolling Trivia, where it’s free to enter and bar prizes await. Don’t forget to take advantage of their happy hour from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and free skee-ball all day on Sunday and Thursdays. Get to know the competitive side of that special someone in your life and see if it lights up your relationship.

Stargazing

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Embrace your nerdy side and enjoy a night of stargazing at Columbia University. Every month, starting in January, you and your date can enjoy a free 30-minute lecture followed by guided stargazing with telescopes. The best part? It’s all happening indoors so you and your date don’t have to freeze outside to see your favorite constellations. No reservations are required and most lectures begin at 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. See website for more information.

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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.

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