Jason’s Favorite Date Spots in Midtown
New York City is one of the most exciting places on Earth. And when it comes to dating in New York, the options are endless. Live theatre, lush greenspaces, Michelin-starred restaurants — where to begin? Jason, our Food & Beverage Manager shares his favorite date spots in Midtown Manhattan for inspiration. Remember these for your next night out!
Q: What’s your idea of the perfect New York City date?
A: You can’t go wrong with a museum date. It’s active, engaging, and gives you plenty to talk about. There are so many museums in New York, but I recommend the American Museum of Natural History. They always have great exhibits. Plus, if the date goes well and you’re feeling romantic, you can stargaze at the Hayden Planetarium!
Q: Central Park is another classic New York City date destination. Any off-the-beaten-path activities you recommend?
A: The Central Park Zoo is a fun date spot, especially if you’re planning a daytime date. It sets a charming tone for the day. It’s pretty wild when you stop and think that there are monkeys, leopards, and penguins just a few blocks away at all times in Central Park! Try to be there for the sea lion feedings, which happen at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm.
Q: Any recommendations for a spontaneous date?
A: If you’re planning a date in a New York minute, turn to performance art. It’s easy to snag affordable seats to a Broadway show from the TKTS booth in Times Square or Lincoln Center. You can get same-day tickets for up to 50% off for dozens of shows, including “Cats,” “Hamilton,” and “Dear Evan Hansen.” Part of the fun is seeing what tickets you can get!
Q: What are your favorite date spots to grab a drink or a bite?
A: When most people think of a food date, they picture dinner and drinks. But for something more unexpected, why not plan a wine and dessert date? I love the Mini Ice Cream Sammies and the Frozen Drunken Grasshopper at Casellula, a cozy wine bar in Hell’s Kitchen. The servers are very friendly and will gladly help you pick the perfect bottle of red, white, or rosé to pair with your sweets.
Q: Any adventurous date recommendations?
A: Take a boat ride! Hudson’s at Pier 81 has many different sailing packages to choose from. You can take a sunset dinner cruise, a Sunday morning brunch cruise, an open bar cruise — whatever you and your date are up for. It’s hard to beat good food and spectacular city views on the water.