New York City Fun, Creative Date Ideas + Things To Do: NYC & Brooklyn First Dates, Romantic Date Nights, Coffee Shops, Bars, Scenic Views, Happy Hours, Rooftops & Winter Dates
As a former New Yorker, I dearly miss the city I called home for a few precious years. I try to make it back out for quick vacations and work with clients these days. I have spent considerable time carefully curating lists for friends, family, clients, couchsurfing guests and my girlfriend. In addition to taking photos for clients, I do all the location scouting and creative direction.
This involves countless hours or research, trial and error and planning to optimize for lighting, noise, views and optimal experiences.
Dating in New York can be fun, exciting but challenging as well if you are looking to settle down. Below are a sample of my favorite spots around NYC for dates, meeting singles, seasonal activities and more.
For some of my favorite places to visit, photograph when I am in town, check out this gallery: https://eddie-hernandez.com/new-york/
Brooklyn Date Ideas, Fun Things To Do In Brooklyn
Roberta’s Pizza, Brooklyn
Amazing pizza, versatile space with communal seats, bar seats and patio seats. Excellent craft beer on tap and cans as well as a great wine and cocktail list to pair with your food. One of my favorite date night restaurants in the city.
Bushwick Collective Self Guiding Walk
Amazing murals, street art in one of the most famous artist districts in the United States. Most top street artists have graced the walls of one of the buildings here at some point in their career.
Brooklyn Bridge Walk
It’s always a great way to experience sunset or an early morning walk. Avoid crowds and go off-season or mid-week.
One of my favorite neighborhoods for walking, street art, views, rooftops, pizza and more.
Westlight, William Vale, Williamsburg
Spacious, wide views of the city. Nothing quite like it.
Brooklyn Heights Promenade
This is one of my favorite walks in the city. It has picturesque views but it can be a bit crowded during peak tourist season.
Manhattan Date Ideas – NYC Date Ideas, Best Day Dates, First Date + Outdoor Date Ideas In New York City
Bryant Park Date Idea
A great park in the middle of the city, always something going on. Movie nights, salsa dancing, markets and more. Check out the calendar of events to plan your next date. In the winter, be sure to check out the skating rink and holidays bazaar shops!
Bemelman’s Bar, Rosewood Hotel, Upper East Side
There is nothing quite like the dark, intimate feel of hotel bars. Great for people watching and great for escaping crowded loud bars. Great place to sneak into after a stroll in the winter evenings.
Jane Hotel Ballroom Lobby, West Village
Check ahead because this place has weird hours but beautiful spacious area.
Central Park Date Ideas
There is nothing quite like Central Park but having a specific game plan and itinerary makes it better. Check out the calendar of events, time it right with fresh snow or color change in the leaves. Grab a Coffee at St. Ambrose in the UES for a pick-me up at the standing counter. Highlights include skating rinks, Belvedere Castle, Miniature Boats, Alice in Wonderland Sculptures, The Mall, Bethesda Terrace, Horse & Carriage Tour, View from the Met and more.
Refinery Rooftop Hotel Bar
One of the few rooftops open year-round. This place has decent views but the covered area with exposed brick is quite nice here.
It’s always a great way to walk, sunbathe, have a drink, listen to music, snack along and more. Check out the calendar of events.
Le Bain Rooftop Bar
One of my favorite rooftops where you can actually sit down and soak in the rays.
Jimmy at Jane Hotel Rooftop Bar
Love the views of SOHO and Lower Manhattan. Quite the perspective that other rooftops lack.
Shakespeare in the Park
A charming way to spend an evening experiencing some of the best that NYC has to offer. If you get lucky, you might catch a celebrity or two in the show.
Bin71 Wine Bar, UWS
My old neighborhood Upper West Side wine bar. Nothing pretentious just a favorite haunt of mine, cozy, limited outdoor seats and intimate environment.
Chelsea to SOHO Architecture Walk (my customized walking tour)
There are numerous streets, alleys, street art and architecture along this walk between neighborhoods. One of the best bang for the buck walks in the city.
Vin Sur Vingt Wine & Cheese Bar, West Village
Given that I am not the biggest wine fan, this place gets me. Cozy, intimate place, amazing cheese selection.
Roosevelt Tram Ride, Roosevelt Island
Amazing views of the city from up above. Get a unique view that few New Yorker’s get to experience.
Roxy Hotel Lobby, Tribeca
One of my favorite hotel lobbies in the city. Retro vibe, comfortable seats – what’s not to like?
Snack along the market and head over to the Highline for a nice walk in the day or evening. Check the calendar of events for pop-ups, concerts and more.
Bowery Hotel, Lower East Side
Lobby bars in NYC are what makes winters bearable.
The Roof, PUBLIC Rooftop Bar
Excellent 360 degree views, hard to beat views of Manhattan from this part of town.
Kobrick Coffee, West Village
Kyoto Coffee Negronis? Yes please! Aside from the espresso martini made with rum liqueur, this is my favorite drink.
Ace Hotel Lobby Bar, Flatiron
Love this hotel, Stumptown Coffee bar and cocktails in a casual lobby. What’s not to like?
Frick Collection, Upper East Side
Overlooked museum relative to the bigger ones. Not to miss.
Aviary NYC, Columbus Circle
Replaced the Mandarin Hotel Lobby Bar. Pristine views down Central Park West. Best to go during the day or near sunset, ideally with the autumn color change or fresh snowfall.
Staten Island Ferry
Free ferry, leaves about every 25-30 minutes (check schedule for exact times). Amazing views of Lower Manhattan.
Gantry Plaza State Park
One of those parks with a majestic view of the Manhattan skyline but without the crowds and tourists of DUMBO.
Best Morning After Brunch: Sweet Chick
No-Judgement Makeout Spots: House of Yes
Fitness & Wellness Dates: Chelsea Piers
Best Hotel Bars: Standard Beer Garden
Cheap Eats: Ramen-Ya
Photo Friendly Spots: Mother of Pearl
Spots that Spark Conversation: Museum of the Moving Image
Spots Where Drinks Could Turn Into Dinner: The Happiest Hour
Best Themed Bars: Otto’s Shrunken Head
About Eddie Hernandez
Eddie Hernandez is a professional photographer specializing in natural, candid online dating photos. Featured in the SFGate, ABC7News, East Bay Express, Salon; contributor to Good Men Project, Plenty Of Fish and Meddle. In addition to photos, he provides guidance around app choice, bio optimization, messaging techniques, wardrobe advice and date ideas. https://eddie-hernandez.com/contact/
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