Take advantage of the beautiful city weather.
By Catie Currie
With the sun shining and temperatures rising, who would want to stay indoors for the conventional dinner or drinks?
Consider helicopter rides and lobster dinner on the water, to name a few. We've got you covered with plenty of unique ideas and places to make sure you score a second date.
North River Lobster Company
North River Lobster Company is New York's first (and only!) floating lobster shack - because it doesn't get better than eating shellfish LITERALLY on the water. Due to their success last summer, they expanded their "boat shack" to three levels, thus accommodating 450 people (the boat setting isn't TOO intimate if it's a first date).
Offering some of the most breathtaking views of the New York City skyline and some of the freshest lobster in the city, North River Lobster Company is definitely a unique first date idea.
Ever wanted to take a selfie with your significant other 25,000 feet above the city? New York on Air is a custom assignment and image licensing agency specializing in aerial visuals... Aka they take you in a helicopter and show you how to take really cool cityscape pictures.
It's an awesome experience that you'll get a few Insta-worthy pictures out of... Just make sure your date isn't afraid of heights.
Hudson Clearwater is definitely an insiders-only spot - you have to go through a hidden entrance to get to the secret courtyard restaurant. The experience is like dining in a secret garden - only you're in the middle of the West Village and there's really good crispy duck.
Can't afford to splurge on a date, but still want to make it special? The Downtown Boathouse offers free kayaks for public use in protected areas of the Hudson River. They offer three locations at Pier 40, Pier 96, and West 42nd street.
Try it out on Saturdays and Sundays from 9-5:30 and make a day out of it, or in July and August they extend their schedule to 5-6:30 on weekdays and you can buy your date dinner with the money you saved.
How's learning how to fly sound for your next date night? How about learning how to fly with a view of the Freedom Tower and the Statue of Liberty?
Take your next date to new heights at the Trapeze School of New York - after all it HAS been proven that couples who do activities to get their endorphins racing fall in love faster.
Museum Mile Festival
Looking to get cultured (and a little bit of exercise) on your next date? Check out the Museum Mile Festival (this year on Tuesday June 9th). For one day, nine major museums on the Upper East Side between 82nd and 105th street are free and open to the public.
You can also mimic the festival on other days, simply walk up fifth avenue with your date and see how many of the museums you can hit.
Try this for a day-long date: a trip to a vineyard WITHOUT having to travel to Napa Valley. You can take the LIRR to Mattituck, New York (the north fork of Long Island) and visit the Macari Vineyards or Martha Clara Vineyards. Both offer tastings and tours, perfect for a summer day.
Tequila Park Taqueria.
Tequila Park Taqueria had us at rooftop margarita garden (HOW chic and romantic). Located in the heart of Hells Kitchen in the Hudson Lodge, the venue is filled with gorgeous garden greenery, giant watering can sculptures, and of course boasts an impressive menu of 40+ varieties of tequila.
All of that tequila will probably make you hungry, so it's a good thing they offer innovative bites such as Sriracha Philly Cheesesteak Tacos and Shrimp Kimchi Nachos for you and your date to share.
Chelsea Piers Driving Range
We've decided to upgrade the classic mini-golf date from your high school days to a real golf date. Plan to go to Chelsea Piers Driving Range when the sun is setting and try to get on one of the upper levels (there are four), so that you can watch the sun set over the Hudson river while you ask your date to "help you with your form."
During peak hours it's only $25 to hit 90 balls, which is a pretty good deal for those of you who aren't so familiar with golf.
The Ides at Wythe Hotel
If you and your date want to have a cocktail while taking in the NYC skyline, you'll have to venture across the Williamsburg bridge to the Wythe Hotel. The Ides is located on the sixth floor of the century-old building and the drink prices are much cheaper than anywhere you would find in Manhattan.
If you go early enough, you and your date can get a good seat and watch the sun set over the skyline while sipping on an Old Fashioned.
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This article was originally published at Guest of a Guest. Reprinted with permission from the author.