16 Charming Spots for Dates in NYC for Locals

Looking for some creative double date ideas in NYC? Well we've got you with any occasion below. Find our dates in NYC guide below and let us know what you think!

Morning, Breakfast & Brunch: 8 AM - 12 PM

Looking for some Indian cuisine to spice up your mid-morning? Baar Baar NYC is a lovely contemporary date place to go to for brunch. From more modernistic creations, such as the Chili Cheese Naan, to the classics, like Chicken Tikka Masala, Baar Baar’s selection of brunch items have a wide range, and all have a slight twist on them making a date experience worth having. 

Located on the lower east side of New York, Pause Cafe is a Moroccan-inspired and Moroccan-owned coffee shop that sells not just delicious coffee, but also crepes and other light fare, such as superfood bowls and features a juice bar. The cafe aims to be more sustainable and reduces food waste with every cup they sell. It’s also decorated quite extravagantly and would make a great place to grab a quick cup of coffee to chat on your date!

If you’re looking to pair a nice brunch with a fun activity, be sure to check out 1000 Boxes and The Alcove in Queens. 1000 Boxes is an audio-visual thrill live game experience, with a very fun, party vibe. After an intense round of playing and you’re craving a small bite, head over to The Alcove, a Latin fusion restaurant serving a great selection for brunch.

Rustic brunch time? Yes, please. iNINE bistro is a rustic, international cuisine-focused restaurant. Located in the Bronx, they serve a variety of American foods, chicken, salads, and more. Since brunch is a meal best enjoyed with others, you can download Couplr and find another couple to share this delicious meal with. They are also available for orders from UberEats, GrubHub, Seamless, Doordash, and Postmates, so if you’re looking for a nice morning in, iNINE might be the one for you.

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Afternoon, Lunch: 12 PM- 4 PM

Have more time to kill? This date can last a couple of hours- first, go kayaking on the Hudson River for some beautiful views and an exciting experience. Best of all, from May to October, it’s free! So, definitely be sure to table this date for the summer months. Then, head over to the Hole in the Wall, a modern restaurant that sells pasta and meat-based dishes — a great place to end your midday date.

This Mediterranean restaurant in Brooklyn is a great place to stop for a quick bite for lunch. Olea’s menu features a wide selection of tapas and is perfect for a small sip of sangria. 

Located in Queens, Seva is an Indian restaurant with a whole array of classic Indian dishes and carry-out trays. The restaurant has been applauded for its simplicity and coziness and is definitely a great place to check out for your date, whether takeout or dine in.

A great way to not only spend time with your date on a deeper level but also eat food would be to take a cooking class at Union Square Park together. This is a fun activity where you can learn how to work together to create something delicious and enjoyable. 

Evening, Dinner: 4 PM - 8 PM

This classy New Orleans-inspired dinner spot brings sexiness and bursting flavor to your date. With a menu that could satisfy just about anyone, and drinks that have a $3 discount during happy hour, 1803 is just the place to visit for a nice dinner. Fun fact: 1803 NYC is actually named after the Louisiana Purchase.

Looking for something a bit more upscale? This date combo is the one for you. First, catch a ride at sunset on a helicopter with your partner. The romance doesn’t just stop at the beautiful sights, though. Head over to Mari, a Michelin star chef’s Korean restaurant afterward, serving visually stunning Korean cuisine.

On the flip side, if you’re looking for a date night that’s a little more casual, visit Ten Degrees for Happy Hour in the East Village; they serve 2-for-1 cocktails that are definitely worth trying. The pleasant unfussy vibe is perfect for hanging with those friends you made on the Couplr app with private intimate setting that makes for a great quick dinner or drinks.

This is a classic date night for New York- visit Central Park to take a ride on the famous carousel. It closes at 6 PM, so afterward, head over to Osteria Cotta Winebar for an intimate dinner with Italian food and drinks. The combo makes for a classic romantic, but exciting date night.

After Hours, Drinks & Small Bites: 8 PM - 12 AM

The Diner Bar is a great restaurant in Queens to start at for casual late-night eats. It’s a more intimate evening dinner setting with pretty neon lights and a buzzing atmosphere. Their menu features mostly American food but also serves pasta and fajitas.

If you and your partner are movie lovers, check out the Rooftop Cinema Club on West 37th. The club offers private screenings and experiences that are great for a late night out in the city. Watch something, pick up some popcorn and drinks, and have a great time.

The Upstairs at 66 is a great spot for those couples that love to compete. This spot has a huge variety of games from shuffleboard to ping pong and skee ball. It’s a lovely intimate spot to grab some drinks and have some fun late in the night with your date.

This bar and lounge in the Lower East Side is a great pick for an elegant ending to the night. The menu features a great variety of drink options and the views of the heart of downtown Manhattan are just absolutely stunning.

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