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Summer dates in New York: Excursion dates in Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island

Break out of the dinner-and-drinks rut with four summer dates outside of Manhattan.

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City Island

 

 

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Citi Field

 

 

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Staten Island Ferry

The best summer dates in New York involve a bit of adventure, so take a trip outside of Manhattan on these offbeat excursions. Check out four of the best date ideas in Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. We guarantee your sweetie will be impressed with your knowledge of NYC's out-of-the-way spots.

Take a seaside getaway to City Island

Pretend like you’re on a beach vacation with a day trip to this Bronx neighborhood. Stroll along City Island Avenue, the mile-and-a-half-long main drag, stopping to check out the quirky antique shops along the way. You’ll find the Lobster Box (34 City Island Ave at Belden St, Bronx; 718-885-1952, lobsterboxrestaurant.com), a family-owned restaurant with Long Island Sound views, near the southern tip. Take a seat at the clam bar and sample seafood-shack fare like a lobster roll ($16) or a crab-cake sandwich ($16). If you have room for dessert, head up the street and share a few scoops from Lickety Split (295 City Island Ave between Fordham and Hawkins Sts, Bronx; 718-885-9654, licketyspliticecream.biz).

Hear chamber music on Staten Island

On June 3, Staten Island’s Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble will put on Even This Is Paradise at the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art (338 Lighthouse Ave at Richmond Ave, Staten Island; 718-987-3500, tibetanmuseum.org), housed in a tiny 1940s monastery. The concert features saxophonist and composer Andrew Sterman, who has performed alongside Philip Glass and Frank Sinatra. Afterward, hop on the S74 bus and disembark at Bay Street; your final destination is San Rasa (226 Bay St between Hanna St and Victory Blvd, Staten Island; 718-420-0027, sanrasa.com), a Sri Lankan eatery that offers an $11 all-you-can-eat buffet every Sunday from 12:30 to 10pm.

Peek at revamped ships at the Boatel

It may be a bit early to plan a night away together, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore the charms of the Boatel, a fleet of 17 vessels in Jamaica Bay. Each boat was renovated by a different artist, and can be rented for a night (prices vary)—but the floating installation will also host a lecture series each Thursday night this summer (times TBA), welcoming local writers, musicians and even a horticulturist from nearby Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. (718-945-4500, marina59.com)

Catch a baseball game in Queens

Bond with your date over the joys and frustrations of being a Mets fan during a day game at Citi Field (Roosevelt Ave at 126th St, Flushing, Queens; 718-507-6387, mets.com). Even baseball agnostics will enjoy an afternoon spent sitting in the sunshine, sipping a Sixpoint Sweet Action ($8.50). After the game, stroll through Flushing Meadows–Corona Park before grabbing dinner at the neighborhood outpost of Joe’s Shanghai (136-21 37th Ave between Main and Union Sts, Flushing, Queens; 718-539-3838, joeshanghairestaurants.com), revered for its soup dumplings.

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