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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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, Misbehaviour, $$$ Mike, Operator EMZ, Joey Carvello, Natasha Diggs and guests.

  1. The Bowery Electric 327 Bowery, between 2nd and 3rd Sts
  2. Mon Sep 29
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“Willem van Genk: Mind Traffic”

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Dutch outsider artist Van Genk (1927–2005) may seem new to American viewers, but he's been celebrated in Europe for years. His panoramic compositions, busy and crammed with details of figures, skyscrapers, bridges, planes and dirigibles, represent fanciful flights in the artist's mind to destinations such as New York, Prague and

  1. American Folk Art Museum 2 Lincoln Sq, Columbus Ave, at 66th St
  2. Tue Sep 30 - Mon Dec 1
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Bareburger Comedy Show

  • Free

Tonight's lineup includes Ben Rosen (Time Out NY Joke Of The Week), TJ, Alyssa Wolf, Dan D'Agnes, Royce Wynn, Kara Klienk and Chloe Hilliard (AXStv)

  1. Bareburger 85 Second Ave, at 5th St, 10003
  2. Tue Sep 30
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Buddies

  • Critics choice
  • Free

DJ Damian Cote reigns at this casual weeknight get-together, spinning an eclectic set of underground dance, funk, punk, ’80s and rock.

  1. Nowhere 322 E 14th St, between First and Second Aves
  2. Tue Sep 30
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On Top

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Susanne Bartsch's weekly soiree goes down every Tuesday night, in which she and her phantasmagoric, outer-limits-of-clubland crowd gather in the Standard's top-floor lounge.

  1. Le Bain 444 W 13th St, at Washington St, 10014
  2. Tue Sep 30
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Trinity Choir and Trinity Baroque Orchestra

  • Critics choice
  • Free

On Sept 28, Julian Wachner leads the excellent chorus in music by Byrd. The same singers and conducter partner with the likewise reliable church baroque ensemble on the afternoon of Oct 1 for a program of Bach.

  1. St. Paul's Chapel 209 Broadway, between Fulton and Vesey Sts
  2. Wed Oct 1
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yMusic

  • Critics choice
  • Free

A chamber-music sextet that traipses across genre boundaries with enviable ease, yMusic celebrates a fine new album—which boasts pieces by Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Mark Dancigers and Timo Andres—with the opening set in support of sometime yMusic composer Blake Mills.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Wed Oct 1
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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 Oct 2
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Room 69: The Hotel Chantelle Way

  • Critics choice
  • 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 Oct 3
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Ashley Davis

  • Free

Kansas-born Davis is a gifted interpreter of traditional Celtic songs (she's also something of a folk scholar), delivering the soft, sweet sounds of her latest disc, Night Travels.

  1. BAMcafé 30 Lafayette Ave, between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St
  2. Fri Oct 3
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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