13 Couple-Approved Date Spots

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Date night can start to feel a bit formulaic after a while. Dinner and a movie is great, but sometimes you need to spice things up. So, we asked the good people at HowAboutWe to come up with a list of New York's most innovative date spots. These are guaranteed to get you — and your relationship — out of that comfort zone. Ahead, 13 perfect spots for a hot evening out. Because we know you, and you are not boring.
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The Jazz Age Lawn Party
If you've never been to the Jazz Age Lawn Party, you're missing out on a chance to dress up for no good reason and do the Charleston. This is a great way to quite literally shake up your weekend routine. Plus, why not take this opportunity to do some role playing? If you're into that kind of thing.

Jazz Age Lawn Party, Governors Island.

Summertime Mixology Class
The couple that drinks together stays together — or something. At any rate, this mixology class at Forty Four at the Royalton is a fresh take on that whole Friday-night drinks thing. Learn the ins and outs of your favorite cocktails, and then spend a night at home getting boozy with your boo.

Forty Four at Royalton, 44 West 44th Street (between Fifth and Sixth avenues); 212-944-8844.

Champagne At Sunset
Though many people think of the Jane Hotel's ballrooms for a fancy night out, the iconic NYC spot also has a killer rooftop. Enjoy gorgeous views and sip champagne as the sun sets — perfect for the classically romantic couple.

The Jane Hotel, 113 Jane Street (between Washington Street and 10th Avenue); 212-924-6700.
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Spa Day
Heat up, cool off, and relax in the varied-temperature, candlelit pools at Aire Ancient Baths. This luxe spa also boasts a floating saltwater pool, a eucalyptus-scented steam room, and (of course) couples' massage. No matter what, you're getting half-naked — a great start to a sexy night.

Aire Ancient Baths, 88 Franklin Street (between Broadway and Church Street); 212-274-3777.

Midnight Street Food Crawl
Can't stand the thought of getting a reservation on a Friday night? Cooking and takeout aren't your only alternatives. Try the Jackson Heights late-night food crawl for good eats and an outer-borough adventure. Sounds very Instagram-worthy.

Jeffrey Tastes, Maravillas Restaurant, 37-64 90th Street (between Roosevelt and 37th avenues).

Couples Massage at Moonshine
At some point, massages became a thing that couples give as well as get — but that doesn't mean either of you is very good at it. So, why not leave it to the professionals? Head to Le Parker Meridien's Moonshine for a massage and dessert, because those are the two best things ever. (And, because you probably don't have the heart to tell your partner that he or she is terrible at back rubs.)

Moonshine at Le Parker Meridien, 119 West 56th Street (between 6th and 7th avenues); 212-708-7444.
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Saltwater Swim
Summer in NYC can sometimes mean it's too hot to do anything. The most nothing-esque activity we can think of is lounging on a daybed at the McCarren rooftop's saltwater pool; it may be the only place to feel sexy when you're covered in sweat.

McCarren Hotel & Pool, 160 North 12th Street (between Bedford Avenue and Berry Street); 718-218-7500.

Dinner by Candlelight
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That phrase may apply to household repairs, but it's also completely true of classic, romantic outings: Never underestimate the power of a candlelit dinner. There's no better place for this date staple than Narcissa, the Standard's patio restaurant.

Narcissa, 21 Cooper Square (between 5th Street and Bowery); 212-228-3344.

Round-Trip Ride on the NYC Beach Bus
A weekend getaway can be a great way for couples to start getting serious — or rekindle the flame. But, that's not always a realistic option, especially if you're short on cash. A day trip to the Rockaways lets you bus (or subway) straight to the beach for the price of a MetroCard.

NYC Beach Bus, 140 Flatbush Avenue (between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street).
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Cabana Cocktails
For couples who like their drinks umbrella-festooned, the rooftop at Hotel Americano offers cocktail cabanas that take the whole "tropical" experience to another level. This trendy spot is also a great option for anyone looking to reenact those first-date vibes.

Hotel Americano, 518 West 27th Street (between Tenth and Eleventh avenues); 212-525-0000.

Sexy Painting Kit by Love is Art
Perfect for when your relationship is starting to feel a bit paint-by-number. Plus, R29 readers can get a 20% discount — just enter the code R29 at checkout.
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Exclusive BYOB Pottery Class
Get your hands dirty and learn to create your own pottery at Mud, Sweat and Tears. (Ghost reenactments optional, but encouraged.)

Mud, Sweat & Tears Pottery, 654 Tenth Avenue (at West 46th Street); 212-974-9121.

Ballroom Dance at Arthur Murray
While we're on the subject of the great films of the Reagan/Bush era: According to Dirty Dancing, only good things happen if you learn how to dance. So, get schooled in swing, fox-trot, or tango from the pros at Arthur Murray dance studio — but maybe consult your instructor before attempting that big lift move.

Arthur Murray, 286 Fifth Avenue (between 30th and 31st streets), 3rd Floor; 212-473-2623.