16 Fun First Date Ideas in NYC

Planning a first date can be stressful, but we’re here to make it a little easier for you with a list of 16 fun first date ideas in NYC.

First dates are stressful. For the most part, a first date determines whether two people will experience a second and third date, and so on. So, for the person planning the first date, the ball’s in their court determining the best kind of outing. For the planner, it helps to at least know a few things about the other person, as you can really get some brownie points for planning something around their interests. However, if you’re still in that stage of getting to know each other, lunch or dinner will always make a solid first date. Everyone has to eat! But make sure you at least do a little research on the restaurant as to not pick a dud — that would be embarrassing. While I’ve had some fun first dates over a meal, it’s nice to do something different. For instance, one of my first date’s was at a museum exhibit, which is interactive, but a good way to strike up interesting conversation.

16 Fun First Date Ideas in NYC


Regardless of where you decide to go for a first date, you both have a lot at stake. The memory of that date will last a very long time, perhaps your and your significant other’s entire lifetime (that is, if the relationship doesn’t end up being short-lived). So, yeah when it comes to first dates things are pretty important. You must do everything within your power to make it as pleasant and as romantic as possible. Now, I do understand that dating in New York City is hard work, but you can do a few things to spice it up a little bit. Like I said, if you want to play it safe, go to a restaurant for dinner and drinks; there are more good date night restaurants in NYC than we count. However, if you really want to impress the other person (and have them recognize that), there are so many special things to do in New York. If you look around there are plenty of things you can do. For starters you can read our article and go through the ideas we have in store for you. I am sure you will find something here that will get you excited. I mean the dinner and drinks are not going anywhere, but for the “fun” first date, we’ve got you covered.

Obviously, what makes a “good” or “fun” first date is very subjective, as some might enjoy a nice chat over coffee while others may find bungee jumping off a cliff a fun idea. Therefore, our list of fun first date ideas in NYC will contain the ideas that we find fun enough (and hope others do too) and the list is in no particular order, as quantifying fun is beyond us. Of course, you might find our list a bit off from your idea of fun, please leave us a comment down below if you did. Also, if you have any suggestions regarding fun first date ideas, do not forget to put it in the comments as well. For our list today, we’ve relied on a quick Google search to come up with ideas and outings for dates around New York City. Now, if budget is a concern for you, we got you covered as well, please check out 16 Fun Cheap and Unique First Date Ideas in NYC.

Let’s get the planning started and take a look at our list of 16 fun first date ideas in NYC.