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The best second date ideas in NYC

Need a second date idea that isn’t super lame? These ideas will make sure that you get a third date with your crush.

By Hannah Streck and Will Gleason

Woooo!!!! You have landed yourself a second date and in NYC that’s reason enough to rejoice. Second dates are your time to shine. Luckily, there are plenty of options that will lead you to that coveted third date. Whether it’s drinks at a superb speakeasy, the best bottomless brunch NYC has to offer, or a fun trivia night; we have got you covered.

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Second date ideas in NYC

Fat Cat
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1. Play some pool at a dive bar

Music Music venues West Village

Dive bars are super casual and fun and (at times) great places to hear some live music. So grab a craft beer, mix things up and kick some butt. Fat Cat in the West Village should be your go to spot.

The High Line
Photograph: Courtesy Iwan Baan

4. Stargaze at the High Line

Things to do

Find out if your pairing is written in the stars by spending an evening at the elevated park’s weekly stargazing night, put on by the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York.

Yankee Stadium
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5. Be a sports fanatic

Did the two of you bond over the love of a certain sports team during your first date? Snag tickets to any game and share some nachos.

Alyssa Stonoha
Photograph: Courtesy Sandy Honig

6. See a comedy show


Can never go wrong with a comedy show. And thankfully, NYC is chock full of some of the best comedy clubs in the nation. Laughing is the key to anyone’s heart.

Habana Outpost Outdoor Movie Screenings
Photograph: Jamel Toppin

7. Outdoor (or indoor) movie screening

Seeing a movie together while you start off dating is a no brainer. But step it up a level and go all out. Head to one of the many outdoor movie screenings around the city. Or if the weather sucks, do the same indoors at Nitehawk or Alamo Drafthouse.

New York Botanical Garden
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8. Escape the concrete jungle

Attractions Parks and gardens The Bronx

Show off your horticultural expertise with a stroll through the exotic plants housed in the stunning Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, one of the most romantic buildings in New York.

Brooklyn Flea Smorgasburg
Photograph: Jolie Ruben

10. Hit up Smorgasburg


Waterfront, sunshine, and endless delicious eats. It’s just a given. After you eat your fill, take a walk around Williamsburg. Hand holding is encouraged.

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