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16 Fun Cheap and Unique First Date Ideas in NYC

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Our list of 16 fun, cheap, and unique first date ideas in NYC will change your perspective on planning dates other than having a reservation in a fine restaurant.

Different things come to mind for people when they think of a great date. For me, I love a nice candlelit dinner in a fine restaurant. It’s very romantic. You can also always be creative and fun and there’s no need to spend a lot of money on it. I remember my first date with my husband. We were with a friend and we ate a meal and took a nice stroll. It wasn’t anything too terribly special. I had known my husband since I was a child, but we hadn’t seen each other since 2006 until we reconnected on social media. After that point, our courtship began. A super fancy date wasn’t really necessary for us. We now have a son and daughter together.

Aside from social media, online dating sites are quite popular. It’s like an instant, virtual date where people get to know each other based on a profile and a few messages exchanged. It can be dangerous though, and you may fall victim to people with hidden agendas, so be careful. 

There are a lot of options for fun, cheap, and unique first dates in NYC, since this beautiful city has tons of nice restaurants, parks, museums, and attractions. To compile this list, I took into consideration the cost and recommendations from Yelp, which is a great source to find reviews. New York has so much variety that it’s hard to go wrong picking any recommendation.

If you’re interested in other dates with your partner, check out our list of 10 Romantic Winter Date Ideas in New York City.

Here’s our list of 16 fun, cheap, and unique first date ideas in NYC:

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