Post # 1
So, DH and I are wanting to have a date night sometime soon. My sister has been staying with us for a month so we haven’t had much us time lately, and we’re both starting school at the end of the month which I’m suspecting might really take a toll on us for a little while, so we’re hoping to do something fun before then. Does anyone have any suggestions? There’s the whole dinner and a movie route, but we’re hoping to do something we haven’t done before. We’re also kind of limited on money because of the two reasons mentioned above (school and sister visiting). If we do dinner, we have a nice gift card that we haven’t had a chance to use yet so we’d use that. I’m sure there are tons of things to do in NYC that would make a great, unique date, but I’m not super familiar with it, so I’d love any ideas you have!
Post # 3
@JoesWifey: You should definitely Google all the free events that go on in the city. There are plenty, especially during the summertime! Also, since Restaurant Week’s been extended till the end of the summer, you can save your gift card, and go to a high-end restaurant you normally wouldn’t be able to afford for $35 per person. Good luck with your planning!
Post # 4
What about bowling? Or one of the free summer movies that they play in the park? Or even a picnic in the park at sunset. You can also take a rowboat out in the Central Park pond. Restaurant week restaurants are a great idea, you can try out some really nice places. Or an off off broadway show or play, or a comedy club..there are so many things to choose from, lol.
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
This weekend, there is a free Shakespeare in the Parking Lot in the lower east side – we went last weekend and it was really fun! It’s on Ludlow and I think Orchard but you should definitely look it up!
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
Oh oh I have another idea – Wednesday through Sundays the Cafe Wha? band in Greenwich village is AWESOME – at least on Saturday’s it’s $15 cover per person and then one drink, which isn’t bad for a comedian and then really fun live music!
Post # 7
I don’t live in NYC nor have I been there, but a couple things my FI and I were discussing trying lately were walking ghost tours (don’t know if NYC has something like this), a photography night where we take pictures that you wouldn’t normally take because you’re used to the city. My mind just went totally blank, I’ll post more when I think of them!!!
Post # 8
The canoe is Central Park is so much fun, and a lot more affordable than I thought it would be. It’s definitely got the romantic factor going for it 🙂
Post # 9
Go to a neighborhood you’ve never been to but always wanted to explore. FH and I spent a beautiful spring weekday walking around Red Hook and had a wonderful time without spending any money (til we got to Fairway…). There are tons of cool neighborhoods all over Brooklyn and Queens with funky little stores and yummy ethnic food.
Post # 10
Thanks for the ideas everyone! I got so caught up at work last week that I forgot to come back to check the thread lol
@Ex Libris Fairway is awesome isnt it?? I’m a nanny and work close to there so I’ve been a couple of times with my employer. Did you eat out back with the great view of the Statue of Liberty?
I’ve been meaning to go to Ikea too, but I keep forgeting. That would be a fun date!
We’ll have to try the rowboats in Central Park. We’ve been to Central Park a MILLION times, but not on the row boats.
@RyansGirls- I’m sure they do have ghost tours in NYC, but my DH would definitely not be into it. He doesn’t believe in that stuff lol
Post # 11
if you like music you can see a show on broadway
Post # 12
@bells I loooooove Broadway shows. They’re one of my favorite things about moving to NYC. Unfortunately, they cost too much.
Post # 13
After way too many months of insane spending (“ahh we moved to New York! must eat out every meal and go to every concert and show in the city!”), we’re in the same boat. Time to get it under control…
Some suggestions we’ve done that have been so much fun for not so much money:
– Pick up falafel from Mamoun’s or Cafe Rakka and picnic/people-watch in Tompkins Square Park; grab dessert at Butter Lane cupcakes
– Loiter in Union Square at night (srsly, I’ve never seen anything like it! who are all those people and what are they doing just sitting around?)
– Watch kids frolick in the Washington Square Park fountain – or go in yourselves
– Get free tickets to the EastVille Comedy Club by calling in a reservation and mentioning Yelp. There’s still a 2-drink minimum so it’d be about $40 total. We saw Judah Friedlander there and it was awesome
– Walk around Chinatown, get great, cheap dumplings at Vanessa’s, watch retired people play board games in Columbus Park
– Take a boat tour around Manhattan (I haven’t done this yet but got discount tickets on Groupon)
– Go to a book signing or interesting lecture
Those are just a few off the top of my head, but there are lots more. If you’re not already, you can find some great deals on Goldstar.com, http://www.theskint.com, http://www.yipit.com. Happy dating!
Post # 14
Sorry, just seeing the title of this thread and NYC made me think of the movie Date Night. No matter what you do, just don’t go to a new hip seafood restaurant frequented by will.i.am
Post # 15
I definitely recommend signing up for groupon. i bought 1/2 off covers to get into the comic strip live there ($10 each) and then just a 2 drink minimum! someone i work with also got sailboat lessons for her and her bf once. Its not a night thing, but BF and I like going to see the animals at some of the zoos. Prospect Park zoo in Brooklyn is only $6 and you can definitely roam around there for a couple of hours, then explore the beautiful park. The aquarium @ coney island is also pretty inexpensive. You can also check for baseball tickets, some of the higher-up seats are inexpensive, and I know Yankee stadium lets you bring in your own food. If you do go to red hook, eating @ ikea is super inexpensive, and the food isn’t bad, plus you have a view of the statue of liberty.
Edit: we also went to a yelp event on randall’s island @ a mini golf course… prices are reasonable, but you have to get to 125th st then take a bus. Crocodile lounge is a fun place too, plus you get a pizza with every beer, and they have skeeball in the back!