Spend the day reading books and looking out the window with a view of the Hudson.
It's a low key date, but perhaps you can learn a thing or two while reading some love poetry.
They have amazing cocktails (Kale In Comparison is a must), the bartenders are super nice, they usually have live music (best Cuban band on Thursdays) and enough space for dancing.
—Daniela Cadena Berg'n in Crown Heights is great — it's a food hall so you guys can pay for your own food/drinks; lots of food options so you don't have to just decide on one; the music is almost always great; and there's lots of seating so it's a no-wait space.
—Matt Ortile Dear Irving has great cocktails and a very chill vibe.
Having planned my own first date in New York City, my hopeless romantic side ventured out to find some of the best places that I could take my partner at the time.
Besides the creative release of it all, you’ll have something tangible, maybe even sentimental, to show (or Framebridge) from your hot date … You don’t have to bring anything but your bare soul — and favorite bottle of wine.
Alternatively, the Art Studio NY offers classes at the Met. Café Carlyle A dramatically romantic sensation overcomes you the moment you sail through the gold hotel doors.
With the Brooklyn Bridge right next door, you can then end your night with a long walk. While touristy, The High Line offers views of both Manhattan and New Jersey over the Hudson. entrance, allowing you to actually walk out towards the river. Head over to the north end of the island and you can see Lighthouse Park, where a small red lighthouse is located at the very tip. If you want a free boat ride, check out the Staten Island Ferry. Located on Pier 25, you have a great view of the Hudson River while you attempt to beat each other.
You can get some stunning views of the city as you ride away, but also Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Take a stroll along Hudson River Park after and perhaps find a grassy area to people watch. A museum and a library, this spot is perfect for the bookworm in your life.