The Best Cheap Dates In NYC



A little romantic one-on-one time is a must for any couple looking to keep the flame alive. But, between dinner, drinks, and a movie, things can really add up — especially in New York. Suddenly, you've moved from Manhattan to Brokesville. So, what's the middle ground between splurging on date night and spending every weekend at home, just staring at each other? We hit up the best dating services in NYC to find out. Ahead, 13 seriously fun date ideas for under $100. Who said being frugal isn’t sexy?

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Movie Night At Huckleberry Bar
HowAboutWe is perfect for couples in NYC. Membership is $18 a month, but you can get a free month trial, which includes one free date for you and your S.O. One of these free options is a Monday movie night at Huckleberry Bar in Williamsburg. You'll get cocktails and popcorn with this one, along with reserved seating. Just remember to book by May 7.
Huckleberry Bar, 588 Grand Street (at Lorimer Street), Brooklyn; 718-218-8555.

Drag Queen Bingo at (Le) Poisson Rouge
This date is exactly what it sounds like. And, if you've taken our advice and signed up for a free month of HowAboutWe, then this date is free, too. Bingo is hosted by famed drag queen Linda Simpson and her crew. You'll get reserved seats, play for cash-jackpot prizes, and receive complimentary milk and cookies — because why not? If you're looking for some liquid courage, (Le) Poisson Rouge offers great happy-hour deals for this event, too.
(Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street (at Thompson Street); 212-505-3474.

Brooklyn Flea
Recommended by Match.com, this one is what we like to call a two-for. Not only do you get to browse the offerings of the Flea, but you can enjoy the amazing food at Smorgasburg. And, it's often the debut site of many a food craze (à la the Ramen Burger). It's completely indoors (through the end of March), so you don't have to worry about freezing your little buns off, either.
Brooklyn Flea, 80 North 5th Street (at Wythe Avenue), Brooklyn.

Leroy Street Dog Run
Another Match.com recommendation, this one's great for those who have a furry friend. Get some fresh air for you and your pup. Plus, the views ain't bad.
Leroy Street Dog Run, Hudson River Greenway (cross at Morton Street at Pier 40).



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Under $50

Karaoke at St. Mark's
Challen Hodson, director of membership experience for Grouper, says this particular spot is a great option for anyone on a group date. "There's nothing like piling into a room, singing Bon Jovi at the top of your lungs, and having a few drinks to get everyone loosened up." The St. Mark's location offers private rooms and party packages. We're talkin' $30 per person for two hours of unlimited karaoke and two complimentary drinks. For those who feel hesitant about singing in front of someone you don't really know, remember that karaoke is more about stage presence and enthusiasm and less about actual vocal ability.
Karaoke at St. Mark's, 6 St. Mark's Place; 212-228-6250.

Dueling Pianos at Brick
When you think of a piano bar, you probably think of a quiet evening of jazz and martinis. Well, you can go ahead and forget all that, because Shake Rattle & Roll Pianos' sessions at Brick are anything but boring. For $25, you can go see Mark Weiser and a guest pianist play audience requests all night long. Top 40? You got it. Weird German rock song? Sure. And, since tables seat four, you'll make some new friends in the process. Just remember to bring some cash. We hear that a tip with your written request will help move things along.
Brick NYC, 22 Warren Street (at Church Street); 917-921-4128.

Cocktails and Live Music at Henry
If there were a king of Columbus Circle cocktail bars, Henry, A Liquor Bar would be reigning ruler. For $20, you'll get reserved seating and four free drinks. Enjoy some live music, while you let Henry's acclaimed mixologist handle your libations.
Henry, A Liquor Bar at Hudson Hotel, 356 West 58th Street (at 9th Avenue); 212-554-6217.

Archery Lessons at Queens Archery
You already copy Katniss' braids — you may as well learn how to get that crossbow action going. For $21, HowAboutWe will set you up with an archery lesson. Once you've got the basics, you'll challenge your partner in a 90-minute competition. And, just think of the sculpted arms you'll get on this date.
Queens Archery, 170-20 39th Avenue, Queens; 718-461-1756.

Dinner and a Movie at Nitehawk Cinema
Forget Jujubees — Nitehawk will serve you dinner right while you watch the movie. Tickets are just $11 per person, and then you can order to your heart's — and wallet's — delight off the theater's menu. It's the perfect chance to catch up on all those Oscar-nominated films you swore you'd see before the awards show.
Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Avenue (at Berry Street), Brooklyn; 718-384-3980.

Wine at Bar Bordeaux
This spot's fairly new to the scene. And, it's perfect for some quiet conversation over a glass of wine. Match.com recommends calling ahead and asking the sommelier to choose a wine for you. For vino enthusiasts, it's also a great way to learn about new wines.
Bar Bordeaux at the Carlton Hotel, 88 Madison Avenue (at East 29th Street); 212-532-4100.
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Under $100

Brewshop 101 Class at Bitter & Esters
This HowAboutWe option is the definition of middle ground for anyone who wants to learn to home brew their beer, but suffers from a lack of space in their apartment. Where does one put a home-brew setup, exactly? At this Bitter & Esters class, you can learn the basics, enjoy some samples, and get all the information you need to start that dream brewery you've always wanted.
Bitter & Esters, 700 Washington Avenue (at Prospect Place), Brooklyn; 917-596-7261.

JIMMY at The James NY
This is the definition of a night on the town. JIMMY offers amazing views from its Soho location. And, the cocktails are to die for. Plus, Match.com highly recommends it as a classy date for when you really need to mix things up. Throw on a dress. Go there.
JIMMY at The James NY, 15 Thompson Street; 212-201-9118.

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
How does a Southern-inspired dinner sound? With a touch of smooth jazz? Yeah, we thought so. This epic recommendation from Match.com means you can eat some of the best food in Manhattan and expand your cultural horizons with some live music. Check out Dizzy's calendar of events and get to it.
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, 10 Columbus Circle #5; 212-258-9877.