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Planning The Most Unique Date Night in New York City

Why date nights are important

Whether your relationship is brand new or you and your partner have been together for years, date nights are always fun. When you get to have them, at least. With responsibilities like kids, friendships, work, and every errand on your list? It can become difficult to keep date night a priority. However, having the occasional date night to reconnect is crucial for a strong relationship. 

Date nights are not always at the forefront of our minds, but the results of a University of Virginia study show why they should be. Out of 2,000 people questioned, 48% of couples stated that they went on a date night twice a month or more. Of those couples who went on date nights more often, 83% of women and 84% of men reported having a happier marriage because of it. 

Knowing how important they are doesn’t take away from the fact that finding great activities to do can be a challenge. Fear not, though. We here at Museum of Ice Cream are excited to help you create a stronger cone-nection and some new lifetime memories.

How to plan a great date night

In NYC there is so much to do everytime you step outside. Even with so many options, do you notice falling into the habit of picking the same places for your date nights? A study from Science Daily shows that 40% of our daily activities are formed from habit. So, when you are planning your date night, try something new that takes you out of your comfort zone. This will help create new shared experiences which are proven to bring you and your partner closer together. 

Now let’s plan that date night! You’ll need to start by finding a date and time that works best for you and your partner. Then, set up any pet sitting or babysitting that you need to make sure your date night can be relaxed and fun. 

Once you have all of the details in place, you can start to pick the best place to check out. Being in New York ourselves, we were able to get you our 7 top date night spots.

Best places to have your date in NYC.

If you and your date are craving comfort food, head down to Ho Foods in the East Village for a taste of delicious Taiwanese dishes. This unassuming, small eatery is famed for its beef noodle soup that packs a flavorful punch with every bite. The casual ambiance and friendly staff create a relaxed setting perfect for an intimate meal shared over steaming bowls of noodles.

Do you and your partner have a sweet tooth? Do you love having fun? Then Museum of Ice Cream is the place to be! Enjoy unlimited ice cream and an interactive experience where you and your date can unlock your inner child and create unforgettable memories. If you’re planning your date on a Monday through Thursday, you’re going to want to look into MOIC’s 2-for-1 ticket deal!

Sometimes, the best way to learn about your date is through what they read or listen to. Mercer Street Books & Records in Greenwich Village is the perfect place to connect over a mutual love for literature and music. This is not just a bookstore or a record shop; it’s a historical treasure where you can spend hours browsing through its collection and out-of-print books.

Situated in the heart of New York’s vibrant Lower East Side, Cervo’s is the place to go for an intimate seafood experience. Cervo’s focuses on the simplicity and quality of their dishes. Here, the atmosphere is cozy yet chic, reflecting the modern yet comforting dishes served. Treat your date to a culinary adventure while enjoying never-ending conversations along the way.

For a fun experience that’s never the same, head to the Apollo Theater and enjoy the liveliness of its Amateur Night! Here, every performance, every laugh, and every round of applause will be shared between you and your date. You’ll watch performers pour their hearts out, and as a part of their audience, you will have the power to change their lives in a night. Visit the Apollo and experience the magic of their Amateur Night

In the mood for something more than just a normal walk? Lucky for you and your date, the High Line provides the perfect blend of nature and urban experience. This elevated park offers stunning views of the city, an array of activities, and events that keep things fresh. From outdoor art installations to live performance series, the High Line is peppered with spots to take in the city’s vibrant energy together.

We all know that the couple that plays together, stays together. This isn’t your typical date night activity. Beat the Bomb is a collaborative game where you and your date work as a team to conquer various challenges and ultimately defuse a “bomb.” Detected as paint, the explosion is part of the fun! Ignite your date night laughter and teamwork and try to beat the bomb.

Remember to have fun on your NYC date night

New York City is a playground for romance, and a well-planned date can take you into a world of unforgettable moments. Bonding over games, experiences or eating ice cream, your date night can be as unique as your love story. So grab your best attire, your sense of adventure, and most importantly, each other, and set out to explore the city that never fails to create something new.