There’s something so magically romantic about New York City during winter. Whether you’re just testing the waters with some dating app or celebrating years of being together, the city is full of enjoyable things to see and do this time of year. For those of you looking for ways to spend quality time with a special someone, here are five fun and cozy winter date ideas in NYC to consider for your next night out.
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A Night at The Metropolitan Opera, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
Remember that famous scene in “Pretty Woman” when Edward takes Vivian to see “La Traviata?” Ask anyone who’s seen an opera performed live and they will tell you it’s a transformative and emotional experience. For a guaranteed romantic evening, plan your date at the Metropolitan Opera. Located in Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera House is a breathtaking event space where celebrated artists, composers, and playwrights from around the world come to perform. Depending on the performance, tickets range from $25 to $300. Who knows? You may just get bitten by the opera bug and want to become a member. Support the Met opera, and you’ll get ticket discounts and member benefits.
Stargazing at the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St
It seems like every cliché romantic movie has one scene of a couple, usually teenagers, on the hood of a car looking up at the stars. Well, stargazing is not so easy to do in the big city – most of us don’t have cars, and light pollution dulls the luminosity of a twinkling night sky. Take your stargazing inside to the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. The museum offers a diverse list of programs throughout the year perfect for living out your teen dream-date fantasy.
Dinner and a Movie (at the same time)
You can never go wrong with dinner and a movie for date night, and dinner at the movies makes for a fantastic evening. NYC is home to a handful of dine-in-movie theaters. Nighthawk Cinema, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and Syndicated all serve delicious appetizers, full meals, and cocktails right to your seat while you relax and watch the movie. Or go all out at iPic Theaters and reserve “Premium Plus” seating ($60 per couple), which gets you a comfy two-person viewing pod with blankets, pillows, and table service with just a push of a button.
Date Night at Brooklyn Kitchen
Perfect for the foodie couple, Date Night at Brooklyn Kitchen is a fun way for you to indulge in your culinary passion together. Led by an enthusiastic team of instructors, this class is designed to teach the basics of cooking so couples can reproduce and ultimately explore more recipes at home together. The evening finishes with an elegant dinner-party where you and your classmates get to enjoy all the delicious food you just made! Classes are offered at both Brooklyn Kitchen locations at 100 Frost Street in Williamsburg and 274 36th Street in Sunset Park.
Kings County Distillery Tour, 299 Sands St, Bldg 121, Brooklyn
Warm your bones by sampling locally made whiskey at Kings County Distillery in Brooklyn. Named distillery of the year in 2016, this rustic navy yard building is mapped out with traditional whiskey stills made in Scotland and wooden fermenters crafted by the Isseks Brothers. Tours are $14 and include a tasting and admission to the Boozeum. Expanding your spirits knowledge, you’ll walk away having learned more about the history, culture, and science of distilling whiskey. Granting the ultimate boozy bonding experience, Kings County Distillery provides private tours and guided tastings, starting at $250.
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