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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Bareburger Comedy Show

  • Free

Each week, Paul Schissler and Sahar Lichtman bring together a healthy mix of comedians for you to enjoy while chowing down. There's even a raffle to win free beer!

  1. Bareburger 85 Second Ave, at 5th St, 10003
  2. Tue Oct 21
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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

  • Critics choice
  • Free

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 skate, warm up at spacious rinkside restaurant Celsius. If you want to practice your lutzes and axels with

  1. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Sixth Ave, between 40th and 42nd Sts
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sun Jan 4
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“Willem van Genk: Mind Traffic”

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free

By now, it’s hardly surprising that the work of a freshly discovered outsider artist is usually astonishing. While Willem van Genk isn’t unknown, exactly—he’s been celebrated in Europe for years—he’s new to these shores, and so his work arrives here as if it had just been uncovered. And it is amazing. Born in Voorburg, the Netherlands,

  1. American Folk Art Museum 2 Lincoln Sq, Columbus Ave, at 66th St
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Mon Dec 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 23
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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 24
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Hot Rabbit

  • Critics choice
  • Free

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.

  1. The Monster 80 Grove St , at Seventh Ave South
  2. Fri Oct 24
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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 Oct 24
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Scissor Sundays

  • Critics choice
  • Free

JD Samson's beloved weekly tea dance features a friendly, mixed crowd grooving to tunes by a rotating cast of local and visiting DJs, plus deliciously strong drinks and gorgeous sunsets over the Hudson.

  1. Rusty Knot 425 West St, at 11th St
  2. Sun Oct 26 - Sun Dec 28
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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 Oct 27
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Bareburger Comedy Show

  • Free

Tonight will be guest hosted by Keele Howard-Stone and headlined by Monroe Martin (Last Comic Standing, Adam Devine's House Party)

  1. Bareburger 85 Second Ave, at 5th St, 10003
  2. Tue Oct 28
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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