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

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

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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Mary Roach: Gulp

  • Critics choice
  • Free

In previous books, journalist and creative nonfiction writer Roach has wandered through the morgue, and pondered ghosts, coupling and space. Her latest, Gulp, enthusiastically considers the oddities of the human digestive system.

  1. Strand Book Store 828 Broadway, at 12th St
  2. Wed Apr 16
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Nuit Blanche: Night at the Circus

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  • Free

Dances of Vice brings a glamorous array of glittering showgirls and exotic performers to the Meatpacking District for this regular burlesque show. Tonight's big-top-themed affair boasts the onstage allure of Marlo Marquise, Harvest Moon, Anna Evans, Rosie Cheeks and Donny Vomit; a dance party follows the performance. Call the venue for dinner

  1. Beaumarchais 409 W 13th St, between Ninth Ave and Washington St, 10014
  2. Wed Apr 16
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Primativa in Hi-Fi

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Jack Fetterman (from the old In Hi-Fi at Bar d'O) and his partner, Gina of the Jungle, serve up a set of old, new, popular and obscure exotica in the rather appropriate setting of East Village tiki bar Otto's, with Brooklyn Babydoll ("That Hula Girl in Heat") lending a bit of shimmy-shake action to the affair. Now, where's our mai tai?

  1. Otto’s Shrunken Head 538 E 14th St, between Aves A and B, 10009
  2. Wed Apr 16
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Happy Hour with Pat Pervert

  • Free

Pat Pervert offers a set for the alternative-leaning crowd, spinning punk, psychobilly, goth, new wave and industrial every Thursday.

  1. Otto’s Shrunken Head 538 E 14th St, between Aves A and B, 10009
  2. Thu Apr 17
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Room 69: The Hotel Chantelle Way

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  • Free

Busy burlesque babe Calamity Chang is the host of this Friday-night parade of pulchritude on Hotel Chantelle's street-level floor, with resident performers Aurora Black, Mr. Gorgeous, Rosie Cheeks and guests strutting their stuff as you tipple your cocktail.

  1. Hotel Chantelle 92 Ludlow St, between Broome and Delancey Sts, 10022
  2. Fri Apr 18
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Mostly Sondheim

  • Free

The jaunty Ben Cameron and the hearty Colleen Harris host this spirited open-mike show-tune night, joined by the expert, perpetually puckish Brian Nash at the piano.

  1. The Duplex 61 Christopher St , at Seventh Ave South
  2. Fri Apr 18
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No Joy + Eternal Summers + Beach Day + Little Big League + DJ Lio Kanine + DJ Andy Nystrom

  • Free

Montreal outfit No Joy brings its rich, effects-slathered shoegaze to Greenpoint for a free show with dreamy Virginia punks Eternal Summers and surfy, organ-slathered retro-pop combo Beach Day.

  1. Brooklyn Night Bazaar 165 Banker St, at Norman Ave, 11222
  2. Sat Apr 19
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Broadway Brassy and the Brass Knuckles

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Broadway Brassy, "The Golden Throat of Burlesque," and her band commandeer the swanky Flatiron Room's stage every Sunday, bringing in an array of burly-Q buddies for hot action.

  1. The Flatiron Room 37 W 26th St, between Broadway and Sixth Ave, 10010
  2. Sun Apr 20
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Mobile Mondays! 45s

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Free

Start your week with funk, soul, rock, punk, new wave, pop, salsa, calypso, reggae, rhythm & blues, disco and anything else that's danceable, spun (on 45rpm vinyl) by Just Blaze, DJ Misbehaviour, $$$ Mike, Operator EMZ, Joey C, Natasha Diggs and guests.

  1. The Bowery Electric 327 Bowery, between 2nd and 3rd Sts
  2. Mon Apr 21
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Victrola Burlesque

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  • Free

Crank up that old Victrola (or something) for a night of onstage enticements—burlesque, go-go, music and more—curated by "the tart with Teutonic Tetons," Üla Überbusen, and her burly-Q pals.

  1. Hill & Dale 115 Allen St, at Delancey St, 10012
  2. Tue Apr 22
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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