Dating and being single in NYC is no easy feat, and it can be hard on your heart, ego and wallet. With thousands of eligible singles on Tinder, OkCupid and dozens of other dating apps, it’s important to make an impression, but what’s a person on a budget to do? Luckily, New Yorkers love free things and with options like these you’re sure to get a second date.
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Does his dating profile say he fancies himself a great outdoorsman? Did she mention to you that she loves rom-coms? This date is perfect for both the outdoors and athletic types, as well as those hopeless romantics who always wanted to go boating in the park. You’ll get to know one another as you work together paddling the afternoon away. Feel free to stop the vessel long enough to take in the view of the city—and a couple of glances at each other. Through Columbus Day Weekend.
A first meeting over drinks might be a bit cliché, but not at the charming microbrewery and tasting room SingleCut Beersmiths. This Queens brewmaker has free weekend tours (3pm and 4pm) that include a complimentary sample-size pour of the beer on tap. If you like what you tasted—and whom you tapped glasses with—commit to buying a full stein or get a growler to go.