The Best Places to Go on a Date This Summer in NYC

With the city as your third wheel, turn up the heat on your next romantic rendezvous.

The DiscOasis at Wollman Rink
The DiscOasis at Wollman Rink | Photo courtesy of The DiscOasis
The DiscOasis at Wollman Rink | Photo courtesy of The DiscOasis

While your besties might have helped create that amazing dating profile, now that you’ve matched with a few cuties and are ready to go beyond texting, it’s time to plan out some IRL date ideas to take it to the next level—and that’s where we come in.

Because, even though it’s the peak of summer, there are still plenty of ways to turn up the heat on your next romantic rendezvous. From live music under the stars or mini golf to disco roller skating in Central Park or knot-tying classes by New York Harbor, here are the best places to go on a date this season in NYC.

Wythe Hotel
Photo courtesy of Wythe Hotel

Throughout summer
Various locations
A picnic date at a park hang is the perfect way to embrace the summer weather and city vibes with your new love interest. This season, forgo a random hodgepodge of bites and let the professionals sweat out the details instead. Go with a luxe basket of charcuterie and natural sodas from The Four Seasons Hotel Downtown; curated selection of French cuisine from the Wythe Hotel and Le Crocodile; classic taste of Italy from Uva Next Door; customizable picnic bag from the Lebanese-inspired, Edy’s Grocer; summer-y set of sandwiches and paprika chips from Agi’s Counter; or smörgåsbord favorites from the award-winning restaurant Aquavit.
Cost: Varies

The DiscOasis
The DiscOasis at Wollman Rink | Photo courtesy of The DiscOasis

Throughout summer
Central Park
It’s time to dust off those skates and show off your best tricks—or bond over your lack of balance. Central Park’s Wollman Rink has partnered with The DiscOasis to put on an immersive roller disco experience (think copious amounts of glitter, art installations, and tunes curated by Grammy-winning producer Nile Rogers). If your moves are in need of some practice, sneak in some hours during the daytime skate program. And when night comes, roll into “Disco After Dark” with your date for lawn games, a separate dance floor, and live DJs, as well as theatrical performances by skating professionals. The rink is also offering first come, first serve discount ticket prices with an IDNYC or New York Public Library Card through the Wollman Rink Access Program.
Cost: Starting at $19 a ticket, $10 to rent skates

Jam out to live music under the stars

Throughout summer
Various locations
Rowdy concerts are hardly the way to get to know someone, but thanks to programs like Ellington in the Park, you can still take in live music without having to scream over blaring music. With the Hudson River as the perfect backdrop, indulge in street food while taking in acoustics with local musicians featured on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 pm–9 pm. For a different vibe, this summer marks the second annual Music & Dance Festival on Little Island, a cool public park in the shape of an island with rolling hills. Hang out in the 687-seat amphitheater amongst views of the Hudson as you rock out to concerts of percussion, R&B, and more. The festival features artists from all over the city, such as piano virtuoso Matthew Whitaker and tap dancer Maurice Chestnut. Along with ticketed events, it also offers ones at no cost.
Cost: Varies

Throughout summer
FiDi
Escape to the seaside for the day and embrace the nautical charm of Portside, a recently-opened waterfront pop-up at Brookfield Place’s Waterfront Plaza. The al fresco lounge features refreshments from French cafe Tartinery, as well as a multitude of programs, such as Oyster Shucking 101 and knot tying workshops. Make sure to stay and take in the dazzling sunset over the New York Harbor for an exceptionally romantic night.
Cost: Free to enter

Chamber Magic at Lotte New York Palace
Chamber Magic | Photo courtesy of Lotte New York Palace

Make your date spellbound with a reopened classic restaurant and nearby magic show

Throughout summer
Midtown
Not only is the The Lambs Club—an old-school style haunt known for its classic ambience—back, but it’s now under the wing of esteemed chef Michael White (Fiamma Osteria, Altamarea Group). Along with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the reimagined restaurant offers a pre theatre menu featuring classic cocktails as well as dishes such as Crab Salad, Salmon, and Strawberry Cake. Once you’re officially satiated, take a quick stroll over to Lotte New York Palace for an enchanting experience with the world-renowned magician Steve Cohen at his show Chamber Magic. The experience features mind-reading, conjuring, and sleight of hand in the Palace’s elegant Madison Room.
Cost: General admission starts at $125

ENLY
Photo courtesy of ENLY

Throughout summer
Nolita
Sometimes, there’s nothing more classic than a coffee date. And at the recently opened ENLY, not only can you spark a conversation over espresso, matcha, herbal teas from Devoción, and specialty offerings like their eye-catching Lavender Fizz, but the coffee bar and shop also specializes in hand-poured candles made with coconut wax and soy. Within a modern space offering a calming solace that’s bound to do wonders for any first-date jitters, take in the luxurious fragrance wafting through the air—and make sure to keep tabs on this cozy destination because after-hours candle making classes are expected in the future.
Cost: Free to enter

Swingers
Photo courtesy of Swingers

Take a swing at love

Throughout summer
Various locations
Two new mini golf courses have opened just in time for the perfect summer date. The William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg has launched an outdoor nine-hole mini golf course decked out in vibrant art by Brooklyn-based artist Jason Naylor. And if you’re looking for more of a throwback, Swingers is a newly opened golf club in the heart of Manhattan featuring three nine-hole golf courses, gourmet street food, six cocktail bars, and plenty of seating. The venue dons the decor of a 1920s English country golf club, with a pastoral landscape rife with flower beds and swinging pendulums.
Cost: Varies

Dickson’s Farmstand Meats
The Salumi Bar at Chelsea Market | Photo courtesy of Dickson’s Farmstand Meats

Throughout summer
Chelsea Market
If coffee is too casual and you’re not at magic show-status yet, impress your special someone with an undeniable favorite: charcuterie. Beloved neighborhood butcher Dickson’s Farmstand Meats has expanded to the lower level Chelsea Market and features a new concept, The Salumi Bar. The tasting bar boasts an interactive experience with build-your-own charcuterie, featuring cheese from Saxelby Cheesemongers, house-made cold cooked meats, and other snacks alongside a wine list and craft beers. Afterwards, wander Chelsea Market and explore additional destinations like Artechouse for their latest Life of a Neuron exhibit, Artists & Fleas for vintage goods, and Pearl River Mart for Asian-inspired goods.
Cost: Varies

Throughout summer
Staten Island
When it comes to rooting for our favorite local sports teams, New Yorkers go hard. For your next date, bond over your diehard love for NYC’s newest home team: the Staten Island FerryHawks. With multiple wins already on the scoreboard, the baseball pros recently embarked on their first season and call SIUH Community Park their home field. Enjoy refreshments from local restaurants and breweries at the ballgame, and make sure to stay updated on the team’s schedule to get tickets to their next home game.
Cost: Tickets start at $14

Throughout summer
Queens
It’s time to take your typical movie date up a notch; grab a blanket and some snacks and secure a prime spot in front of the big screen at Hunter’s Point South Park, where movie series CinemaLIC is putting on four films throughout the summer. Take your pick between box office favorites Black Panther, Skyfall, Ghostbusters:Afterlife, and Encanto, and split a side of Belgian fries from onsite burger joint Ottomanelli’s. Movies begin at sunset.
Cost: Free to enter

Paint N Pour
Paint N Pour

Throughout summer
Harlem & Lower East Side
There are plenty of ways to let loose besides going dancing or grabbing a drink at a bar. Paint N’ Pour is a party anyone can get behind, with a two hour, easygoing paint class full of felicitous music, laughter, and good vibes. The program includes an open bar, featuring aptly-named top shelf cocktails like the Picasso Punch (rum, pineapple, orange juice, grenadine and fresh citrus) and the Sistine Apple (vodka, sour apple liqueur, and apples). Small plates are also available for purchase, such as Cauliflower Bites, Shrimp Po’Boy Sliders, and more.
Cost: $50 a ticket

Loreley Beer Garden
Margarita Beach Club | Photo courtesy of Loreley Beer Garden

Through September 11
Lower East Side
Escape the constant chaos of NYC and forge a bond over a frozen margarita at the Loreley Beer Garden. The Lower East Side bar has transformed into an island paradise for the summer with its Margarita Beach Club Saturdays. The oasis will be decked out with a floral installation and beach decor, featuring a slew of festive drinks, like their infamous Frosé Flamingos and Margarita Unicorns, which come in special miniature floaties.
Cost: Free to enter, but reservations via Resy are recommended

Circle Line
Photo courtesy of Circle Line

Throughout summer
Pier 83, Midtown
Take advantage of the warm nights the city offers and sail down the Hudson River with Circle Line’s Harbor Lights Cruise. The ship takes off at 7 pm from Pier 83 and voyagers can expect to gaze out at stunning landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and Chelsea Piers, while enjoying wine, cocktails, and light snacks. So, wipe that smudge off of your camera lens and get ready to take in NYC’s sparkling skyline with the person you love.
Cost: Tickets start at $39 for standard seating and $69 for premier seating

Overstory at 70 Pine
Overstory at 70 Pine | Photo by Natalie Black

Throughout summer
FiDi
Overstory at 70 Pine is the perfect place to take a blossoming summer love. Perched on the 64th floor, the cocktail bar boasts a swanky aesthetic and impressive cocktail list—don’t miss the Gyokuro Martini (vodka, gyokuro green tea, and vermouth). Treat your date to a night out on the town by clinking drinks while looking out at the jaw-dropping panoramic city views from the wraparound terrace.
Cost: Free to enter

House of YES
House of YES

Throughout summer
Bushwick
Spice up your next date night with a trip to the House of Yes. Known for fantastical parties, wildly fun energy, and a beautifully inclusive nature, House of Yes is the spot to be for letting loose and expressing yourself on the dance floor. Think aerialists hanging from above, high energy DJ sets, and themed nights that bring out everyone’s individuality. Pop in on a random night (show up early or you’ll be stuck in line!) or buy tickets for one of the events in advance.
Cost: Varies

Great Jones Distilling Co.
Great Jones Distilling Co.

Through July 22
SoHo
Whiskey is always a good idea, and Great Jones Distilling Co. has you covered. Switch up from the usual bar scene and take your next date for a one-hour tour of the first (legal) whiskey distillery since Prohibition. Afterwards, snag a seat in the tasting room and try out the wide variety of artisanal cocktails like the Derby Day (bourbon, lemon, banana, grapefruit, spiced honey) and seasonal plates like the Potato Crusted Halibut.
Cost: Starting at $35 per ticket

SUMMIT One Vanderbilt
Photo courtesy of SUMMIT One Vanderbilt

Throughout summer
Midtown
Head up into the clouds for a dreamy date at SUMMIT One Vanderbilt’s observation deck and immersive experience. Complete with glass elevators that provide unparalleled views of the city, a multi-sensory walk-through art exhibit (Air), sky boxes, and an observation terrace this experience will transport you physically and mentally above the hustle and bustle. Before you head out, cap off your time together with a visit to Après, an indoor and outdoor bar from Union Square Events.
Cost: Tickets start at $39

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Izzy Baskette is a Staff Writer for Thrillist New York. Find her on Instagram.
Kelsey Allen is an editorial assistant at Thrillist.