Found: 7 New & Fun NYC Date Spots

Is it just us, or is love in the air? Maybe you can blame it on the dropping temps, but NYC in the fall is straight up more romantic than any other time of year. While meeting that special someone is half the battle, not all date spots are created equal. Where a sweet French bistro might do the trick for someone you met through a friend, it may be a bit too much for someone you met at a bar or online. Not to mention, the same old wine and dine is getting a little tired. We get it.
Skip the Yelp reviews. Stop group texting your friends for suggestions. We've got the only playbook you need for dating in the Big Apple. But, we'll expect an invite to the wedding.
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Photo: Courtesy of Paul Brissman.
Have a friend who's becoming something more? Get your groove on.
Some of the most amazing relationships begin with a solid friendship. Then, after months of platonic hangouts, you realize: Your friend is totally sexy — and you want to date them. This is the perfect opportunity to head to Red Rooster. The uptown location will get you away from your everyday beat, and since you've already established a firm friendship, you wont be afraid to let loose and dance your little butts off. This is the perfect spot for making that very important transition from pals to partners.
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Red Rooster, 310 Lenox Avenue (between West 125th and 126th Streets); (212) 792-9001.
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Met at a bar? Head to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.
We're just gonna come out and say it: If you meet someone at a bar that you'd like to see again, you really ought to meet up with each other in the daylight. Plus, it's the perfect time of year for a brisk, fall walk. The Brooklyn Botanical Garden offers the peace and quiet for conversation, plus plenty of space to stroll without crowds of tourists. Of course, if you're feeling a bit shy, there are guided tours to act as a buffer. This date spot is all romance, no cheese.
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Brooklyn Botanical Garden, 990 Washington Avenue (at Montgomery Street); Brooklyn; (718) 623-7200.
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Perfect Stranger, Perfect Date
Dating without the Internet is like doing anything else without the Internet: REALLY hard. This way-convenient app hooks up cuties in the same ‘hood. Swoon . (No, really, it’s called Swoon.) As for having fun with a stranger? Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park has plenty of romance (lights, music, food, drinks!) and ample opportunity to bond over the mutual embarrassment of ice skating.
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Introduced through a friend? Go classic.
Call us traditional, but we still put serious stock in the value of a romantic dinner date. Except, New York romance isn't about beating you over the head with wine and roses. Rather, it's all about subtlety and embracing the quirky places only NYC can offer. Enter: The Mermaid Inn. Though there's more than one location, the East Village spot is the best option, here. The soft lighting is flattering for pretty much everyone, and the meal has an adorable end: A small cup of pudding, and a Fortune Teller Miracle Fish. If you believe in the little, red fortune teller, it will tell you if your date's passionate or jealous. If you think it's all a bunch of hooey, you'll have the opportunity to laugh it off together.
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The Mermaid Inn, 96 2nd Avenue (between East 5th and 6th Streets); (212) 674-5870.
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Blind date? Get your brave booty to a Nets game.
Listen, we understand that not everyone likes basketball. But, we can't think of a better way to approach a blind date. Head to the Barclays Center and catch a Brooklyn Nets game. If things go well, you can grab a beer and maybe reveal the fact that you actually really like hot dogs. If things aren't as smooth as you'd like, you can let yourself get sucked into the action on the court. Shout at the players! Clap when everyone else is clapping! Emergency conversation fodder: Key Nets players now include Boston transplants Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. ‎
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Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Avenue (at Flatbush Avenue), Brooklyn; (917) 618-6700.
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Did your love bloom underground? Go artsy.
Say what you will about the missed connections section on Craigslist, but there are no shortage of subway babes out there. And, maybe you even locked eyes with one, hoping they'd say hello. If they did, you lucky thing, you've gotta go for the gold. This person is obviously open-minded, and you need to capitalize on that. Head to the Neue Galerie. The "Vasily Kandinsky" and "Modern Poster in Germany" exhibits are there for your viewing pleasure. If you felt so inclined, you can grab a coffee at the Galerie's Café Sabarsky's. We heard that chef Kurt Gutenbrunner just added Kandinskytorte to the menu. Cake with chestnut mousse, pears, and chocolate glaze? Even if the date is bad, the dessert will be delicious.
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Neue Galerie, 1048 5th Avenue (between East 85th and 86th Streets); (212) 628-6200.
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Met while getting your fitness on? Indulge with dessert.
If you met this person at the gym, or during some kind of exercise event, we'd first like to say that we are impressed with your ability to keep things so cute while working out. But, more importantly, you've already made it very clear that wellness is important to you. So, it's now time to show you know how to enjoy yourself, too. Maison Kayser's Upper East Side location has earned its title as a go-to for treats, but the new Columbus Circle shop means you can go for a walk (or even a jog) through Central Park before winding down with something full of carbs, butter, and happiness.
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Maison Kayser, 1294 3rd Avenue (between East 74th and 75th Streets; (212) 744-3100.
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Finally took your search online? Take a cooking class.
When it comes to online dating, you've likely exhausted all that first-date conversation, "Where are you from? What do you do?" and perhaps even shared your list of deal breakers. So, your first IRL date ought to be about chemistry, and doing something together that isn't necessarily centered around conversation. Pizza a Casa Pizza School gives you the chance to literally get your hands dirty. Take a pizza-making class, toss some dough in the air, and let yourself have some laughs. If they can't have fun making pizza, they're not gonna cut it elsewhere.
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Pizza a Casa, 371 Grand Street (between Norfolk and Essex Streets); (212) 228-5483.

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