To all the gentlemen out there who want to take their special lady on a daytime date in NYC and aren’t sure where to begin, this blog post is for you. Let’s get one thing straight–– not all successful New York dates need to take place after dark. Eating brunch or lunch, sailing, walking through a museum, or exploring a new neighborhood are all awesome date ideas for daylight hours. Although most of my dates with Mike tend to happen after 7 p.m., every so often we go on a daytime outing to mix things up a bit. Recently, we ventured out in the early afternoon around 1:30 p.m. and stayed out and about until about 7:30 p.m. Not the norm for us at all, but here’s what we did.
This particular Saturday was gorgeous, stunning really. Not too hot and the sun was shining all day, so it was ideal to be out and about in New York City.
Since Chicago is celebrating its 20th anniversary and we had not seen the show on Broadway yet (I saw the touring company in Atlanta about 15 years ago and he had never seen the production), we thought that there’s no better time than now to attend a performance. At times, I like to do a matinee rather than an evening show, and the 2:30 p.m. curtain time worked well for us.
We had a late bagel breakfast and then headed out from our apartment on the Upper West Side. Next, we jumped on the 1 train and got to the theater in about 20 minutes, so we queued outside in the block-long line until the doors opened. We made our way into the Ambassador Theatre, and I was thrilled with our seats. We were in the orchestra (fifth row!), so we had a fantastic view.
The show begins with one of my favorite Broadway songs of all time –– “All That Jazz.” Without giving too much away, it’s a sexy, dramatic number and starts the show off on a high note.
Charlotte D’Amboise is currently playing Roxie Hart, and although I’ve seen her in several Broadway musicals, Chicago was by far her best performance yet. The entire cast was spot on, and it was a treat to sit so close to the stage and see every last detail. If you haven’t seen Chicago, there’s one showstopping number after another, and all the dancers are spectacular, and of course, unbelievably fit.
I had forgotten how much I adore Kander and Ebb’s music and the Fosse-style choreography. And this production seems to build and get better and better as it goes on. The original opened in the 1970s, and this revival opened in 1997! Crazy that the show is in its 20th year. Staying on Broadway for 20 years is no easy feat. Congrats to Chicago!
After the performance, I wanted to start dancing and throwing out some of my high kicks!, but we strolled through Times Square and walked east to Fifth Avenue to do some shopping. I think shopping makes for a fun date activity, that is if you both like to shop… and we do.
We browsed and window shopped, made a stop in Longchamp, and walked through Rockefeller Center (very romantic part of NYC, in my opinion, with so much to look at), and since it was July 4th weekend, the flags were American. That was the first time I had ever noticed that all the flags matched. In the same vicinity, we strolled past St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Mike had not seen it since the restoration. The building looks like new.
Inevitably, we wandered to Uniqlo, one of our go-to retailers. Uniqlo is awesome for basics like leggings, t-shirts, and even simple summer dresses, and the clothes are well made and affordable. We spent about 90 minutes perusing and trying on before leaving the Fifth Avenue flagship with our bags in tow. (He did the carrying!) Then, another hop on the subway and a quick ride back to the Upper West Side….
We had a splendid daytime date in NYC –– seeing a classic Broadway show was a treat, and walking the city and shopping was the icing on the cake.
What’s your idea of a great daytime date in NYC? Please share any unique NYC date ideas you have!
I received two complimentary tickets to Chicago. For more info about the show, visit the website.