The Best Date Ideas in NYC for a Romantic and Memorable Experience

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Meredith Lepore
by Meredith Lepore
Updated Sep 19, 2023
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Dating in New York City can be one of the most romantic and exhilarating experiences in the world. This vibrant urban hub has the best to offer when it comes to cuisine, cocktails and culture, along with some incredible people-watching. But because there are a lot of choices when it comes to date night restaurants and activities, it can often be overwhelming to plan the perfect occasion, especially if you want to do something memorable. That's why our editors have combed the city to compile an extensive list of NYC date ideas, including great date night restaurants, activities, and adventures for all seasons.

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Fun Date Ideas in NYC

View at Summit One Vanderbilt
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Great dates don't have to just be dinner (although yes, a romantic meal can be an amazing experience). Here are some fun out-of-the-box dates that are unexpected, memorable, and designed with both new and established couples in mind.

Take in the Views from Summit One Vanderbilt

Conveniently located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan and right by Grand Central Station, Summit One Vanderbilt is the latest skytower to offer visitors dizzyingly high views of Manhattan's iconic skyline and unique photo opportunities. The bravest of folks should hold hands and step onto the glass observatory terrace with views that face out to Hudson and down to streets that will make you feel brand new (or simply, alive).

Take a Mixology Class

Get in on the action at Artesano, a new Peruvian restaurant in Tribeca that hostsmixology classes twice a month for $85. The course includes three drinks, includingtwo prepared by guests (that's you!) and one by the pros. Will you become Tom Cruise in Cocktail? No, but you will learn how to craft Peru's signature drink, the Pisco, as well as basic hacks for better bartending going forward. Want to stick around? Try Artesano's full-tasting menu experience as well, which embraces Peruvian culture through ingredients, plating, and storytelling.

90 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007

Have a Zany Night at Swingers Golf

Think you know mini golf? You've never seen it like this. At Swingers, you and your date will have a ball (or several, if you keep losing them in the challenging fifth hole…) as you feast on various street food —they just added Emmy Squared pizza—sip cocktails, and play through a course with a sunset view of the Hudson River skyline The whimsical putting stations will keep you on your toes, but the actual setup is super-easy: Swingers offers four pay-and-go golf packages on site, including a two-person golf and drinks experience for $53 per person.

35 W 29th St, New York City, NY 10001

Create a Masterpiece Together at Shot of Art

It's common to bring home a doggy bag from a date, but what if you brought home a completely original piece of art instead? That's the plan at Shot of Art studio, which combines the fun of a carnival dart game with the zany satisfaction of making spin art There are also options for sculptures, finger painting, and—seriously—"flame art" that lets you test more than just your romantic spark.

28 W. 36th Street, 10th floor, New York, New York 10018

Take a Pizza-Making Class at Little Charli

You will feel like you are part of a big, Italian family when you join Little Charli's pizza making class. The cozy Monday class is ideal for a date, as the curriculum includes cooking tips plusunlimited wine and beer, and family-style apps to enjoy while waiting for theinished product. The baking bash begins every Monday at 7 PM. It costs $125 per person and can be easily booked via Resy.

271 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10014

Play a Round of Pool With a View

A game of pool is a great game for a first date whether you are both sharks or one is in need of a tutorial. The most elevated pool hall you'll ever see, The Skylark is an all-season 30th-floor cocktail lounge located in midtown Manhattan, which means while you shoot your shot, you'll have an unbeatable view of The Empire State Building. With seating both indoors and out, The Skylark offers classic cocktails by master mixologist Johnny Swet, plus billiards tables at each end of the club. Stick around past 8 pm, and you can dance the night away to a DJ or sneak off to a private nook.

200 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

Get Behind the Velvet Rope at The Nines

If you're looking to seriously impress your date—and you've got the good sense to make a reservation early—The Nines is the place you want to scope out. Created by the team behind legendary lounge Acme, The Nines is a sassy-but-luxe piano bar with leopard print wallpaper, lush velvet curtains, cheeky musical performances (think covers of The Weeknd with a jazz bent), extravagant cocktails, and delicious food, including their famous caviar potato. Can't get a reservation right away? Don't give up—new spots open every week.

9 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

Foodie Date Ideas in NYC

Hands Reach for Naples-Style Pizza - NYC
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New York City is known for its incredible and diverse date night restaurants in NYC, which means for two foodies in love, this is a true playground. From the fanciest fine dining experiences to the most in-the-know food trucks, NYC is the place that makes food into its ultimate love language. Here are a few fun food-centric date ideas in NYC.

Indulge in Omakase and a History Lesson

Perfect for foodies who love a bit of history, The Office of Mr.Motto is essentially a private museum exploring19th-century Japan… andits 21-course omakase menu reflects that journey. Sourced directly from Toyosu Fish Market in Tokyo, the meal begins with traditional pressed sushi from the 18th century, then moves onto more modern preparations. But don't book a table without your thinking cap: Upon securing a reservation, you'llreceive a letter from (fictional) Mr. Motto himself with a cryptic message containing the evening's must-use password.

120 St Marks Pl, New York,, NY 10301

Hop Aboard the Pizza Bus

Except for Italy, New York City is the best place in the world to get pizza. But have you tried all of it? Probably not! Cue the NYC Pizza Bus Tour, a multi-neighborhood trek through slices, pies, and everything in between. Come hungry, because on this excursion you and your date will be visiting four pizzerias in at least two boroughs (the tour takes about four and a half hours.) This is the perfect way to spend a Sunday… and to learn exactly what your date's pizza preferences are. (Wait… they don't fold the slice?)

South Street Seaport

Awaken Your Tastes at Holiday Bar

You may think Holiday Bar is just another new "it" bar full of people wanting to be seen, and… well, you'd be right. But besides people watching straight off a magazine spread, this restaurant has a crave-worthy seafood menu to keep your taste buds on the edge of their seats! Standouts include the spaghetti al limone, Scottish salmon, and a perfectly roasted branzino. The lobster pasta and signature Holiday burger are also good bets… along with the Scarface posters in the bathroom, because every good date needs an '80s Pacino reference.

10 Downing Street, New York, NY 10014

Feast during a Chelsea Market Food Tour

Get a little history while you eat your way through the famous Chelsea Market, a bustling food hall located in the historicMeatpacking District, then finish the day with a beer at The Bronx Brewery in Hudson Yards. (There is also a lovely walk on The Highline in between stops.) The Chelsea Market and Highline Food Tour includes bites from Filaga Pizza: Pizza, Takumi Taco, Seed + Mill, Doughnuttery doughnut, Mao's Bao, and Eat Offbeat. And it's vegetarian-friendly!

Chelsea Market

Do Your Own West Village Hamburger Crawl

Who says you need an official tour to find the best burger? Simply get really hungry and head down to the West Village, where you can sample plenty of great options, including 4 Charles Prime Rib, Minetta Tavern, Corner Bistro, and Bandits, to name a few. Each restaurant has a completely different vibe—and each has a mix of celebrities, off-duty artists, and tech moguls for you to discretely scan between bites of a french fry.

4 Charles St, New York, NY 10014

Try All the Food at Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg is America's largest weekly open-air food market, and from the end of March until winter, it's open Fridays at the World Trade Center, Saturdays in Williamsburg at East River State Park, and Sundays in Prospect Park at Breeze Hill. With 80 food vendors to choose from, Smorgasbord is a lively combination of block party, food hall, and scavenger hunt—because what's more fun than trying to find the best bite of the day? e (Ours is the fried pasta from Union Square's Unregular Pizza, jsyk.)

185 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007

Brooklyn: Breeze Hill, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY 11225; 90 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn

Recreate a Rom-Com at Serendipity 3

What do Marilyn Monroe, Blake Lively, and John Cusack have in common? They've all been on romantic dates at Serendipity 3—at least on screen. Recreate their crush-worthy moments with the restaurant's famous Frrrrozen Hot Chocolate—that's the one Oprah said you have to try before you die— which comes in variations like Birthday Cake, Fruity Pebbles, and Cotton CandyThere are also pies, cakes, and original illustrations from Andy Warhol, making this entire date spot a masterpiece for chocolate-lovers.

225 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022

Good First Date Ideas in NYC

Lush Summer Greens and Central Park's Gapstow Bridge
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First dates can be so fun with a touch of nerve-wracking. We know because we've been there—which is why we've done all the work for you, and made it easy for you to have your best first date possible with one of these epic NYC picks.

Take a Stroll Through Central Park

Nature walks are a great way to get to know someone without the pressure of a formal restaurant—and with way more cute dogs to be spotted along the way. Central Park regulars will recommend staying off the beaten path and exploring the rock trails north of 96th Street, but you can have just as much fun playing tourist at the Alice in Wonderland statue, The Loeb Boathouse, or The Conservatory Garden. If it's good enough for Taylor Swift and Harry Styles, you can totally make it work!

59 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

Play Some Games at Barcade

Skee ball, anyone? With multiple locations in Manhattan and Williamsburg, Barcade will always serve up a good time thanks totheir variety of craft beer, old-school arcade games, and vintage air hockey tables. There's just one question you need to answer: Ms. Pac Man or Mortal Kombat?

148 W 24th St, New York

6 Saint Marks Pl, New York

Explore the Hugh

Why risk picking a restaurant where they don't love the food? Instead, take your date to the new and palatial food hall The Hugh in midtown where they can have Italian, Japanese, and / or Mexican! When you aren't checking out the awesome architecture, you and your date can peruse the menus of 15 restaurants and bars including Alidoro, Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co., and Mah Ze Dahr. On the weekends, they also offer cooking classes, tastings, trivia night, and live music, making it a one-stop haunt for good times.

157 East 53rd

Visit an Original New York City Speakeasy

Retro speakeasies have become relatively common in New York City over the years, so why not score some cool points by visiting a true original? Little Branch was one of the first speakeasies on the scene back in 2005, but you;d never know it from its nondescript entrance onSeventh Avenue—that is, until you go down some cavernous stairs and find yourself in a chic craft cocktail bar. To see the bartenders in action, sneak up front, but for more intimate conversation, there are plenty of booths in the back.

22 7th Ave S New York, NY 10014

Go on a Long Outing to The Cloisters

The Met Cloisters may be in New York City, but they feel a world away from urban life, thanks to their forest surroundings and incredible medieval architecture. Located in Fort Tryon Park in Washington Heights, The Cloisters (which are part of The Metropolitan Museum of Art) are the only segment of the museum dedicated solely to the Middle Ages. With stunning gardens, crumbling stone apses, winding paths, and close-up views of the famous unicorn tapestry, this is a truly magical setting for a first date. (It's also where Tony and Maria go in the new West Side Story movie, which adds to the romance!)

99 Margaret Corbin Dr, New York, NY 10040

Take a Ferry Ride to Staten Island

Taking a ferry ride to Staten Island from Battery Park is a great weekend day date, but you can also time it with the sunset for extra Instagram points. Upon arriving in Staten Island, you can stroll along the waterfront, hit up one of the many restaurants or bars, and scout for local celebrities like Pete Davidson and Colin Jost. The ferry ride takes less than an hour, and drops you back off at Battery Park—another prime place for pub drinks and strolls along the water.

Battery Park/Vesey St

New York, NY 10282

Tour the New York Public Library

The New York Public Library isn't just the largest public library in New York, it's also the site of famous Beaux Arts architecture dating back to 1911, and holds first editions of famous books like The Wizard of Oz and Leaves of Grass. Make an appointment at the rare book room, visit the photography archives, or just stroll the shelves discussing your favorite reads. (Quietly, of course.)

476 Fifth Avenue, New York

Anniversary Date Ideas in NYC

Female hand with bottle pours red wine into glasses on Manhattan background. New York city. roof of the restaurant
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Anniversaries are special times to make even more memories together, which gives you the perfect opportunity to create a unique experience with your partner.Whether you are looking for the perfect couples massage or an elite dinner with an incredible view, here are some anniversary romantic date ideas in NYC.

Celebrate With Dinner and a View of the Empire State Building

What could be more special than celebrating your anniversary at New York City's most iconic landmark, the Empire State Building? Luckily, you can live out your own personal "Sleepless in Seattle" fantasy with their new Observatory Packages with the STATE Grill and Bar. Check out the incredible panoramic views from 102 floors up, then enjoy atwo-course lunch or three-course dinner on the ground floor with a menu that includesbeetroot bucatini, red corn polenta fritters, and berbere chicken. Don't skip thechocolate blackout cake with salted caramel ice cream, which is almost as sweet as a kiss against the New York City skyline.

20 W 34th St, New York, NY 10118

Take in a Classic New York Night in Grand Central

Start under the incredible zodiac mural in the main hall, then head to the Grand Central Oyster Bar, which is so old school that it just celebrated its 110th anniversary! Obviously, they have oysters—30 different kinds—as well as a robust raw bar and surprisingly great key lime pie..Next, go for a nightcap at The Campbell, the venerated cocktail bar that's also in Grand Central. Bonus: You're likely just minutes away from your subway ride home.

Grand Central Oyster Bar: 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

The Campbell: 15 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, NY 10017

Get Pampered at the AIRE Ancient Baths

The AIRE Ancient Bathsare housed in a former textile factory, but visit this Tribeca space and you will feel like you are in an ancient bathhouse in Greece. With multiple options for couples massages and tub soaks, AIRE spaces employ practices by the Greek, Roman, and Ottoman empires,so they've had plenty off time to perfect their technique. With steam rooms, thermal pools, and mineral springs, this urban escape is the ultimate relaxation therapy for you and your partner.

88 Franklin St, New York, NY 10013

Cruise Around Manhattan

Take in all the sites with NYC Skyline Dinner Cruises which include incredible views of Liberty Island, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, or the Empire State Building—along with the occasional dolphin and whale sighting, and the color-drenched sunsets you see in New York City postcards, best enjoyed with a champagne toast from the top deck of the ship.

Pier 36, NYC

Have an Amazing Meal at Via Carota

Via Carota in the West Village is one of the most adored restaurants in NYC, and truly one of the most authentic Italian meals you will have outside of Italy. With indoor and outdoordining options, you'll feel like you're visiting a beautiful villa in Florence instead of a corner of downtown New York. Known for its incredible vegetable dishes sourced from local farms, Via Carota is one of the few Instagram-famous restaurants that continues to be beloved by locals and tourists alike.

51 Grove St, New York, NY 10014

Choose the Perfect Wine for Your Partnership

Celebrate your special night by finding the perfect bottle of wine to remember it for years to come. Brooklyn Winery has its own on-site production,from crushing to fermenting, aging, and bottling, plus they source grapes from vineyards across the country, letting you find a special vintage close to your hometown… and of course, close to your heart.

213 N 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Snag the Toughest Table in Town at The Polo Bar

Created by iconic tastemaker Ralph Lauren, The Polo Bar is absolutely ideal for an anniversary dinner thanks to its combination of gorgeous food and stylish decor.(True to Mr. Lauren, no detail is too small, and even the ketchup is packaged in hand-carved silver buckets.) Though the menu is relatively simple, diners rave about the caesar salad, shrimp cocktail, mini Reubens, and ribeye steak. Getting a reservation is a bit of a feat—your best bet is calling a month in advance—but if true love can wait, then so can your quest for the perfect Old Fashioned. (Yes, they make a divine one here.)

1 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022

Rainy Day Date Ideas in New York

Young man sitting observing a painting framed by golden frame - MET
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When you just can't Netflix and Chill anymore, there's a whole world of activities to do in New York during a rainy day date. Here are some couples' activity ideas for a rainy day or night that will get you out of the house and into a whole lot of fun.

Have a Date Night at the Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is already one of the most romantic museums in the world, so why not bring a date on a rainy day? Every Friday and Saturday, the iconic museum hosts evenings of live music, drinks and, you know, some of that art stuff (5,000 years of art to be specific). From select hours, members and non-members can attend Date Night at the Met for free with their museum admission, which is pay as you wish or completely complimentary for New York City residents

405 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10174

Have the Ultimate Movie Date

Alamo Drafthouse takes a movie date to a whole new level thanks to its hybrid restaurant-bar-cinema format that lets you kick back, relax, and have a sandwich and fries along with your Jordan Peele thriller. Alamo Drafthouse shows new releases, but also keeps some of your favorite classics on rotation (including Star Wars and Indiana Jones), along with seasonal events like "Keanu Reeves Month." (Yes, that's a thing.)

Brooklyn: 445 Albee Square West

Brooklyn, NY 11201

Lower Manhattan: 28 Liberty Street, Suite SC301

New York, NY 10005

Climb at Brooklyn Boulders

Got rainy day boredom? This is how you stop climbing the walls and start climbingup an actual 22-foot wall. Brooklyn Boulders in Gowanus is the ultimate indoor climbing experience and perfect if one or both of you is a beginner. All first-timers have a 15-minute course where they learn to fall safely, and along with harness options, there are plenty of shorter walls available for brief spurts of glory. Plus, you can get a day pass for as low as $25.

575 Degraw St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Fancy a Cocktail at the TWA Hotel

Since opening in 2019 the TWA Hotel at JFK Airport has made people want to actually spend more time at the airport. Hop the subway to Queens and you'll be transported to the Mad Men era of mid century modern elegance, thanks to the original TWA Flight Center built in 1962. (The gorgeous vintage cars also help.) Once inside, choose from six restaurants and eight bars, including the cocktail lounge located inside a Lockheed Constellation plane from 1958. Feeling spicy? You can get a Daytripper Stay and make a reservation at the heated infinity pool to watch all the planes in action.

One Idlewild Drive, New York, New York 11430-1962

Tour Your Favorite Movie and TV spots

Want to see where Mrs. Maisel does her 'tight ten'? Or the famous deli where Meg Ryan "enjoyed" her sandwich? If you are a movie or TV buff, take an On Location Tour to see where the magic was made. This experience takes you to the original locations of iconic New York movies including Breakfast at Tiffany's, Enchanted, and 13 Going on 30 plus TV shows like The Sopranos and Sex & the City Even if you aren't a superfan, you'll get inside information on how Hollywood moments get made in Manhattan.

Near Broadway and 51st Street (exact location given upon purchase)

Test Your Trivia Knowledge at Cornerstone Bar

Are you a geography wiz? History buff? Or maybe you are a savant when it comes to facts about Saved by the Bell? If you've always dreamed of being a Jeopardy! Contestant—or constantly quiz your significant other whenever you see a crossword puzzle—then a trivia night at Cornerstone Bar is the game show fix you've been craving. This bar is known for hosting one of the best, and most popular, trivia nights in the city, and if you like friendly, nerdy competition—with a side of a possible free bar tab—this is definitely your time to shine..

961 2nd Ave (At 51st St.), New York, NY 10022

Play Ping-Pong at SPIN

SPIN boasts 15 Olympic-sized tables, along with a great bar and the chance to perfect the game you first started playing in your childhood best friend's basement. ,o There are almost always tables available, but just in case, SPIN's original 14,000-square-foot space in the Flatiron districtwill soon have a second location in Times Square.

7 E. 54th St. New York, NY 10022

Outdoor Date Ideas in NYC

Want to spend the day outside in NYC? There are plenty of great options for couples when it comes to fun outdoor activities.

Brooklyin Bridge's pedestrian walkway at sunrise, New York City
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Walk Over the Brooklyn Bridge

You can live in a city your whole life and never see all of it—so if you haven't walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, now is your time. From the incredible views to the people-watching and possibly great conversation, walking across the 1.1-mile trail that takes you from Brooklyn to Manhattan or reverse is a truly unforgettable experience. (Take it from the editor of this piece, who routinely walked it every morning during her time in NYC.) Start on the Manhattan side and end up at Jane's Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park, then grab a slice at the famous Grimaldi's pizza shop or coffee from Butler Cafe.

Brooklyn Bridge Walkway, New York, NY 11201

Watch an Outdoor Movie

The wait until summer is totally worth it, because outdoor movies in New York City can be so romantic.Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and head to outdoor screenings at Bryant Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park, where food trucks line the streets and modern classics like Clueless and The Breakfast Club bathe the city in laughter and flickers of light.

40th St and 42nd St and 5th Ave and 6th Ave, New York, NY 10018 (Bryant Park)

334 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (Brooklyn Bridge Park)

Explore the Farmer's Market

Fresh flowers, shiny vegetables, and delicious treats? A trip to the farmer's market in New York City is always a fun date—plus, you can pick your ingredients for your home-cooked dinner date that night! There are plenty to choose from, and though many are only open on the weekends, a few have weekday options as well. Try the Union Square Greenmarket every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, The Tompkins Square Greenmarket in the East Village every Sunday year-round, and the Fort Greene Park Greenmarket every Saturday year-round.

Union Square Greenmarket: North and West sides of Union Square Park

Tompkins Square Greenmarket: Ave. A To Ave. B, E. 7 St. To E. 10 St.

Fort Green Park Greenmarket: Located along the southeast corner of Fort Greene Park

Kayak on The Hudson

Manhattan Community Boathouse provides free kayaking (yes free!) on a first-come, first-served basis at Pier 96 in Hudson River Park all summer and fall (even into October). Show your date the adventurous side of you, get some great exercise together, and enjoy the amazing views of Tribeca, Battery Park, and beyond. All equipment is provided, and afterwards, you can walk over to one of the many bars and restaurants near the Pier. (Our pick: Grand Banks Restaurant, which is located on a retired wooden schooner.) Pro tip: Do not forget your sunscreen.

Pier 96 Boathouse: 56th Street in Hudson River Park

Drink on a Boat at Pilot

If paddling your own boat isn't your idea of fun, you could always just drink on one instead. t That's the gist of Pilot in Brooklyn Bridge Park, which stays anchored while you drink Aperol Spritzes and eat oysters. The boat opens in April and stays open, weather permitting, through late October.

225 West St. New York, NY 10013

Take a Helicopter Ride Over the City

Take your relationship to greater heights with a romantic helicopter ride on the NYC Helicopter Tour, which includes flyover views of the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, Central Park, Hudson Yards, and more. You will learn fun facts from the pilot's commentary as you take in the incredible views from on top of the world. Take off is conveniently located in multiple locations in Manhattan, and you can toast your love with champagne in the sky!

Downtown Manhattan Heliport, 6 East River Piers, NY 10004

Go Glamping on Governors Island

Collective Retreats now offers overnight glamping at the historic island, which is only an 8-minute ferry ride from downtown New York (and you get to take a special private water taxi service as part of your stay). Once there, you can do the usual fun Governors Island activities like take bike rides, hit up the food trucks, and climb tothe landmark Outlook Hill. Then at night in your air-conditioned canvas tent with 1,500 thread-count bed sheets, you can fall asleep to the sounds of nature. (And probably a traffic helicopter. Gotta love New York.)

10 South Street, Slip 7, New York, NY, 10004

Winter Date Ideas in NYC

Gapstow bridge in winter, Central Park New York City
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Though winter in NYC can be tough with the cold and snow, it is still a magical season for the city. Here are some great winter-proof indoor date ideas, and even a few outdoor ones if you're feeling brave.

Sit in a Rooftop Igloo

Somewhere Nowhere NYC's rooftop lounge in the Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel is great any time of year, but in the winter, it is particularly magical, thanks to its individual igloo pods!Sip on warm cocktails and nibbles as you stare at the Empire State Building, and warm your hands on the faux fireplace. (Don't worry, the igloos are heated.) Plus on Wednesdays, you can catch live music with the bands from Gotham Jazz.

112 W 25th St, New York, NY 10001

Ice Skate All Over NYC

Ice skating is a winter pastime everywhere, but in New York City, it is extra special. Go for the old-school vibes in Wollman Rink in Central Park, become part of a tourist attraction at Rockefeller Center's famous art deco rink, or browse the designer goods at Brookfield Placebefore taking a turn on the ice. You can also check out the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park for homemade crafts and hot cocoa.

Wollman Rink: Central Park entrance at 59th Street and 6th Avenue.

Rockefeller Center: 600 5th Ave, New York, NY 10020

Brookfield: 230 Vesey St, New York, NY 10282

Bryant Park: 40th St and 42nd St and 5th Ave and 6th Ave, New York, NY 10018

Indulge in Wine on a Cold Winter Day

Yes, outdoor wine tastings in beautiful Sonoma or Napa are lovely, but you can have just as much fun—and get just as buzzed—at City Winery located at Chelsea Piers, Grand Central, and Rockefeller Center. (The Rock Center location features heated winter domes for the season as well.) You can taste up to 30 wines and soak in all that New York charm. In addition to delicious food, the Chelsea Piers location also features a live music venue.

Relax and Rejuvenate at Governors Island Spa

An outdoor spa in the middle of winter? Yes, but you'll forget about the weather when you see this beauty. QC NY Spa has become one of our favorite winter spots for a day of pampering and relaxation, and it's even better when you bring a significant other along for the ride. Speaking of rides, part of your package includes a free ferry ticket—a five-minute ride from downtown New York—and then it's on to saunas, steam rooms, couples massages, and the outdoor (but heated) pool. There are also cocktails and skyline views, making this a luxurious and unique experience that will help you fight those winter blues.

112 Andes Road, New York, NY 10004

Drink and Feast in a Yurt

Are you even doing winter right if you aren't drinking a Hot Toddy in a yurt in the West Village? Well, luckily, Fairfax can help you accomplish this. The Fairfax yurts have become a staple of downtown winter nightlife thanks to their whimsical design and the fact that they're actually really warm. (Like, you don't even need a jacket inside warm.) The epitome of cozy, these hygge-inspired outdoor dining lairs are the perfect place for a romantic date—or maybe a double date as they can hold up to four people. More of a Bowery couple? Try their sister bar on the East Side, Jolene, which also has yurt dining as an option in winter.

234 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

Jolene: 54 Great Jones St, New York, Ny 10012

Take a Self-Guided Art Tour Through Chelsea

The Chelsea neighborhood of New York is known for its many galleries, so why not do your own gallery crawl on a chilly weekend?! Famous industry hotbeds like The Jack Shainman Gallery, David Zwirner, and the Gagosian are all mere steps from each other, and feature an exciting mix of emerging talent and museum-worthy legends all in one space. (If it's not too cold, add a stroll through The Highline nearby to check out the park's new public sculpture commissions.) . End the day with a well-deserved drink at The Highline Hotel Lobby Bar and then dinner next door at Cookshop.

Jack Shainman: 513 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011

David Zwirner: 525 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

Gagosian: 522 W 21st St, New York, NY 10011

Hit up Jac's on Bond

There is nothing like cozying up in a warm bar on a cold day, and at Jac's on Bond you can do that and play a game of pool. Located in a landmark building from 1831,,Jac's features red brick walls and pastel velvet banquettes, plus a private back room, a pool table, and art from legendary hip hop photographers lining the walls.. Sip on the Eastern Medicine (Sesame Fat Washed Toki Whisky, Ginger, Poppyseed Honey, Yuzu) and feast on Chilled Crab Dip with Iberian potato chips, or maybe indulge in a creamsicle pie (it's so good) as you snuggle up in a booth.

26 Bond St, New York, NY 10012

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