Free date ideas in New York City: Romance on the cheap

Looking to romance your companion even when you’re totally broke? Look no further than our guide to free-of-charge date ideas.

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Free date ideas in New York City: Stroll the Brooklyn Heights Promenade

It’s a common problem: You want to sweep your sexy partner off their feet. But you, you know, don’t have any coin. Worry not, romantic New Yorker! We found some great date ideas that won’t cost you a cent.

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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Rink

Critics' pick

Bryant Park’s 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink is free and open late. Don’t get too excited—the admission may be gratis, but you’ll have to shell out $19 to rent skates (or BYO). Still, it’s a veritable winter wonderland: After your time on the ice, warm up at spacious rinkside restaurant Celsius. If you want to practice your lutzes and axels with ample spinning room, try visiting during off-peak hours. Through Mar 1. RECOMMENDED: More rinks for ice skating in NYC

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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, Midtown West Until Sunday March 1 2015 Free

Bareburger Comedy Show

Each week, Paul Schissler and Sahar Lichtman bring together a healthy mix of comedians—from up-and-comers like Anthony DeVito to Daily Show writers and national headliners like T.J. Miller—for you to enjoy while chowing down. There's even a raffle to win free beer!

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Tuesday January 27 2015 Free

The Sherry Vine Show

Critics' pick

New York drag institution and brilliant comedian Sherry Vine brings you her song parodies, viral videos and acid wit every week at this popular Hell's Kitchen drinkery.

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Industry Bar, Hell's Kitchen Wednesday January 28 2015 - Wednesday June 24 2015 Free

Hot Rabbit

Critics' pick

This long-running weekly party draws a reliably cute mixed crowd to the basement of West Village dive the Monster. Widely varying DJs from NYC and beyond ensure that you'll never encounter the same scene twice.

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Friday January 30 2015 Free

Bareburger Comedy Show

Each week, Paul Schissler and Sahar Lichtman bring together a healthy mix of comedians—from up-and-comers like Anthony DeVito to Daily Show writers and national headliners like T.J. Miller—for you to enjoy while chowing down. There's even a raffle to win free beer!

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Tuesday February 3 2015 Free

Hot Rabbit

Critics' pick

This long-running weekly party draws a reliably cute mixed crowd to the basement of West Village dive the Monster. Widely varying DJs from NYC and beyond ensure that you'll never encounter the same scene twice.

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Friday February 6 2015 Free

Bareburger Comedy Show

Each week, Paul Schissler and Sahar Lichtman bring together a healthy mix of comedians—from up-and-comers like Anthony DeVito to Daily Show writers and national headliners like T.J. Miller—for you to enjoy while chowing down. There's even a raffle to win free beer!

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Tuesday February 10 2015 Free

Hot Rabbit

Critics' pick

This long-running weekly party draws a reliably cute mixed crowd to the basement of West Village dive the Monster. Widely varying DJs from NYC and beyond ensure that you'll never encounter the same scene twice.

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Friday February 13 2015 Free

Bareburger Comedy Show

Each week, Paul Schissler and Sahar Lichtman bring together a healthy mix of comedians—from up-and-comers like Anthony DeVito to Daily Show writers and national headliners like T.J. Miller—for you to enjoy while chowing down. There's even a raffle to win free beer!

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Tuesday February 17 2015 Free

Hot Rabbit

Critics' pick

This long-running weekly party draws a reliably cute mixed crowd to the basement of West Village dive the Monster. Widely varying DJs from NYC and beyond ensure that you'll never encounter the same scene twice.

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Friday February 20 2015 Free

Bareburger Comedy Show

Each week, Paul Schissler and Sahar Lichtman bring together a healthy mix of comedians—from up-and-comers like Anthony DeVito to Daily Show writers and national headliners like T.J. Miller—for you to enjoy while chowing down. There's even a raffle to win free beer!

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Tuesday February 24 2015 Free

Hot Rabbit

Critics' pick

This long-running weekly party draws a reliably cute mixed crowd to the basement of West Village dive the Monster. Widely varying DJs from NYC and beyond ensure that you'll never encounter the same scene twice.

Read more
Friday February 27 2015 Free

Bareburger Comedy Show

Each week, Paul Schissler and Sahar Lichtman bring together a healthy mix of comedians—from up-and-comers like Anthony DeVito to Daily Show writers and national headliners like T.J. Miller—for you to enjoy while chowing down. There's even a raffle to win free beer!

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Tuesday March 3 2015 Free

Hot Rabbit

Critics' pick

This long-running weekly party draws a reliably cute mixed crowd to the basement of West Village dive the Monster. Widely varying DJs from NYC and beyond ensure that you'll never encounter the same scene twice.

Read more
Friday March 6 2015 Free

Bareburger Comedy Show

Each week, Paul Schissler and Sahar Lichtman bring together a healthy mix of comedians—from up-and-comers like Anthony DeVito to Daily Show writers and national headliners like T.J. Miller—for you to enjoy while chowing down. There's even a raffle to win free beer!

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Tuesday March 10 2015 Free

Hot Rabbit

Critics' pick

This long-running weekly party draws a reliably cute mixed crowd to the basement of West Village dive the Monster. Widely varying DJs from NYC and beyond ensure that you'll never encounter the same scene twice.

Read more
Friday March 13 2015 Free

Bareburger Comedy Show

Each week, Paul Schissler and Sahar Lichtman bring together a healthy mix of comedians—from up-and-comers like Anthony DeVito to Daily Show writers and national headliners like T.J. Miller—for you to enjoy while chowing down. There's even a raffle to win free beer!

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Tuesday March 17 2015 Free

Hot Rabbit

Critics' pick

This long-running weekly party draws a reliably cute mixed crowd to the basement of West Village dive the Monster. Widely varying DJs from NYC and beyond ensure that you'll never encounter the same scene twice.

Read more
Friday March 20 2015 Free

Bareburger Comedy Show

Each week, Paul Schissler and Sahar Lichtman bring together a healthy mix of comedians—from up-and-comers like Anthony DeVito to Daily Show writers and national headliners like T.J. Miller—for you to enjoy while chowing down. There's even a raffle to win free beer!

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Tuesday March 24 2015 Free

Hot Rabbit

Critics' pick

This long-running weekly party draws a reliably cute mixed crowd to the basement of West Village dive the Monster. Widely varying DJs from NYC and beyond ensure that you'll never encounter the same scene twice.

Read more
Friday March 27 2015 Free

Bareburger Comedy Show

Each week, Paul Schissler and Sahar Lichtman bring together a healthy mix of comedians—from up-and-comers like Anthony DeVito to Daily Show writers and national headliners like T.J. Miller—for you to enjoy while chowing down. There's even a raffle to win free beer!

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Tuesday March 31 2015 Free

Hot Rabbit

Critics' pick

This long-running weekly party draws a reliably cute mixed crowd to the basement of West Village dive the Monster. Widely varying DJs from NYC and beyond ensure that you'll never encounter the same scene twice.

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Friday April 3 2015 Free

Bareburger Comedy Show

Each week, Paul Schissler and Sahar Lichtman bring together a healthy mix of comedians—from up-and-comers like Anthony DeVito to Daily Show writers and national headliners like T.J. Miller—for you to enjoy while chowing down. There's even a raffle to win free beer!

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Tuesday April 7 2015 Free

Hot Rabbit

Critics' pick

This long-running weekly party draws a reliably cute mixed crowd to the basement of West Village dive the Monster. Widely varying DJs from NYC and beyond ensure that you'll never encounter the same scene twice.

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Friday April 10 2015 Free

Bareburger Comedy Show

Each week, Paul Schissler and Sahar Lichtman bring together a healthy mix of comedians—from up-and-comers like Anthony DeVito to Daily Show writers and national headliners like T.J. Miller—for you to enjoy while chowing down. There's even a raffle to win free beer!

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Tuesday April 14 2015 Free
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4 comments
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nene f

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nene f

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jailene perez
jailene perez

nice thanks to all the people that can make this happen and also thank ya for making it super free lol