This post was originally published last January but I’ve updated it!
I recently received a few reader emails asking me for date night ideas in New York! So here we go!! I spent a long time thinking about my favorite date ideas… I hope you enjoy them and feel free to comment below with your favorite date ideas! Also I have two modes with restaurants. Fancy, or burgers. Sorry if that’s weird? I basically like everything in my life to be either realllllly casual or reallllly fancy and that is definitely reflected in this list!
Also, I realize a lot of these date ideas involve drinking – here are some sober date ideas!
Winter Date Night Ideas: NYC
Grab a burger + beer(s).
- J.G. Melon on the Upper East Side makes my favorite turkey burger ever. I’m not really a beer girl but always have beer when I’m there. I like to sit at the bar.
- Corner Bistro in the West Village is really fun and chill too – great burgers!
Go Ice Skating.
- Just pick a favorite spot – my favorite is Bryant Park but you can also skate at Central Park and Rockefeller Center.
My favorite spots for drinks.
- On the Upper East Side, I love Lexington Bar & Books. It’s a really special spot and like being in an old book store, which I find to be really romantic.
- Bemelman’s Bar at The Carlyle is probably my favorite spot for drinks in the whole city. It’s like being in another era.
- Go to The Campbell in Grand Central for old fashioned cocktails and food.
- The Marlton in Union Square is so romantic – I love having cozy warm drinks by the fire!
- In Williamsburg, Hotel Delmano is really nice for drinks. It’s moody and gorgeous.
- The Wren in the East Village is great this time of year – they always have really good hot cocktails.
My favorite romantic restaurants.
- Claudette is one of my favorite spots; it feels like you’re at a cafe in Paris. I like to grab a drink at The Marlton and then walk over to Claudette.
- The Polo Bar is my all time favorite restaurant in the city but you definitely need a reservation. I recommend booking a month out.
- Have dinner at The Osprey in The 1 Hotel in DUMBO. When it snows, it’s like being inside of a snow globe!
- Have lunch or dinner at the rooftop restaurant in Restoration Hardware. It’s absolutely beautiful.. actually, the whole store is very beautiful! They don’t take reservations!
- Have a fancy dinner at Le Coucou. The bar there is SO CHIC. This is another one that requires advance planning – make a reservation a couple
Get frozen hot chocolate.
- If you’ve never been to Serendipity 3, you’re missing out! It’s especially great after ice skating I might say.
I am a big fan of the museum date, especially in the early stages. You can walk, talk, and really get to know someone as you see beautiful art.
- On the Upper East Side, I love The Met, The Cooper-Hewitt, and the Guggenheim. In Midtown, there’s the MoMA, and downtown there’s (my personal favorite) The Whitney.
- If you feel like venturing out of the city, The Brooklyn Museum is another one of my favorites.
Do something active / Play a Game!
- Shuffleboard at The Royal Palms in Brooklyn is the most fun and I loooove their decor.
- It’s actually really nice going to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden this time of year.
- Take a walk in Central Park.
- Walk the Brooklyn Bridge (only if it isn’t windy!!!)
- Go bowling. There are so many good spots in the city. I like Gutter Bar in Williamsburg.
- Play Skeeball. I love Ace Bar, Barcade, and Full Circle.
Outfit Details: Vince Coat (old but love this!) // Zara Sparkly Velvet Bodysuit (sold out but love this) // Paige Jeans // Gucci Belt // Chanel Purse // Manolo Blahnik Pumps // Celine Sunglasses (exact) // BaubleBar Hoop Earrings
photography by Carter Fish.