Matchmakers Share NYC’s 10 Best Date Ideas

New York City is one of the most romantic destinations in the U.S. It’s no wonder Hollywood selected it as the backdrop for famous movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) or Woody Allen’s popular rom-com, Manhattan (1979). The Big Apple is the city of romance! Take advantage of it with these date ideas from our matchmakers that will show you and your date the best parts of NYC.

Top of Empire State Building

It wouldn’t be New York without the Empire State Building. This iconic skyscraper goes more than a quarter of a mile into the air for the best views. Take your date up to the observatory on the 86th floor or venture even higher to the 102nd floor where you and your date will truly be on top of the world!

Staten Island Ferry

Take your date on a ride across New York Harbor and past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. This five-mile passenger ferry service is a great way to travel between New York City and Staten Island for a historical experience you’ll both love!

Hayden Planetarium

It’s tough to see stars with all the light from the city, so head to Hayden Planetarium for one of their Space Shows and enjoy a starlit sky unlike any you’ve ever seen before. This is the perfect time to get cozy with your date under the stars.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met has something for everyone, whether you want to visit their enormous collections of ancient art or delve into a more contemporary exhibit. Visit their website to read up on the art before you visit and learn a few facts to impress your date before you go!

Manhattan by Sail

Sail a Shearwater classic schooner or a Clipper City tall ship with Manhattan by Sail. Enjoy an evening sailing adventure with craft beer, charcuterie and stunning skyline views, or watch the sun rise before sitting down to a champagne brunch with your date. Bon appétit!

Tour the City by Helicopter

Book your own private helicopter tour and view the Hudson River, the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, or just take in 360-degree views of the New York City skyline. This is a great way to kick off an unforgettable first date or plan a romantic proposal!

Central Park Boathouse

Take your date to the Loeb Boathouse’s Lakeside Restaurant for a delicious meal by the water before renting a rowboat for a romantic afternoon together. This is the perfect date for anyone who loves nature. Stroll through NYC’s famed Central Park afterwards to complete the experience.

River Café

Book a reservation at NYC’s most popular spot for upscale seaside dining at the River Café. Patrons can enjoy entrees like king salmon, poached Nova Scotia lobster or roasted mushroom wellington as you look out over the New York Harbor with the Manhattan skyline off in the distance.

Coffee Tasting

True epicureans will love Stumptown Coffee Roasters’ Brew Bar! Tastings happen daily at 2 p.m. and coffee is always brewed fresh. This is the best way to experience coffee from around the world made with various brewing methods. Get your caffeine fix here or head over to Stumptown’s espresso bar for a quick drink.

Upbright Citizens Brigade

Our matchmakers love to recommend NYC comedy clubs because laughter releases endorphins in the body, which makes us feel good and boosts mood. It’s a recipe for a great first date! Comedian Amy Poehler was actually one of the Upbright Citizens Brigade Theater’s founding members, which now has two locations.

New York is the city of romance. There are countless date locations to choose from, which is why our matchmakers have narrowed the list down to only the best NYC destinations. Contact us today to meet someone who will love exploring the city just as much as you do!