11. Actually be ON the water
There are so many boat options in NYC, and almost all of them can be classified as “date-y.” Unleash your inner elderly couple on a dinner cruise with Bateaux New York, sail back in time with Shanghai Mermaid’s Moonlight and Music on the Hudson, really up your game with a NYC night helicopter flight and Statue of Liberty cruise, or just take the Staten Island Ferry for free, bring some beers, and admire the sunset.
12. Go to France... kind of
Visit Le District Downtown at Brookfield Place for what is essentially the French Eataly. Be romantic by buying French things like cheese, meat, bread, pate (if you like pate), or visit one of the many bars and restaurants where all of those ingredients are put together into actual meals. Plus it’s all right on the NYC waterfront. Bonus: you 1) don’t have to buy a plane ticket to France, and 2) don't have to talk to real French people!
13. Join the North Brooklyn Boat Club
Get active and proactive together helping to preserve Bushwick Inlet Park. The North Brooklyn Boat Club is a community of members committed to cleaning up this section of waterfront open space. Paddle on kayaks and canoes, and also learn how to get involved in a community effort.
Did you know you could take a speedboat out to a floating clubhouse? That is a real thing. Visit the Honorable William Wall, which is the floating clubhouse of the Manhattan Yacht Club. Bring along some food and hit the clubhouse bar to take in the sunset and the skyline.
15. Go to Hoboken
Nooo!!!!!!!! Except that the waterfront has killer views of Manhattan that are almost awesome enough to make you forgive New Jersey. Also, NJ isn't all bad, apparently.
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Meagan Drillinger is a freelancer for Thrillist and would personally enjoy any of these dates. Except maybe Hoboken. Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at @drillinjourneys.