Score points with your sweetie by snagging a prize at one of the carnival games in Luna Park (1000 Surf Ave at 10th St; lunaparknyc.com) before an adrenaline-pumping ride on the 85-year-old Cyclone (834 Surf Ave at 8th St; lunaparknyc.com). Once your hearts have stopped racing, pick up the tab for two classic franks ($3) from Nathan’s Famous (1310 Surf Ave at Stillwell Ave; 718-946-2705, nathansfamous.com). Then order a drink ($5) from the Coney Island Brewing Company (3008 W 12th St at Surf Ave; coneyislandbrewingcompany.blogspot.com) before taking in the freaky performances at Sideshows by the Seashore (3006 W 12th St at Surf Ave; coneyisland.com; times vary; continuous admission $10), the area’s last remaining old-timey circus sideshow.
There’s a reason Mayor Bloomberg namechecked
this commuter barge as a good date spot: The 25-minute ride across New York Harbor affords the same gorgeous views as pricey tourist cruises, except you won’t have to shell out any cash at all. That doesn’t mean you should be a complete cheapskate—splurge on beers ($3–$6) from the onboard concession stand. (siferry.com)
If your date isn’t afraid of heights, take him or her for a ride on this aerial attraction—at its highest point, the bright-red cars rise 250 feet above the East River. During the four-minute trip, you’ll soak up views of the water and landmarks like the Queensboro Bridge. To make a day of it, pack a picnic and head to Lighthouse Park at Roosevelt Island’s northern end once you’ve landed. (Be sure to stroll along the promenade on the western edge for more scenic views of Manhattan.) (rioc.com). $2.25 per ride.
Eschew a brunch meeting and instead sample bites from a variety of Lower East Side establishments—including Di Palo’s Fine Foods, the Pickle Guys and Lucky King Bakery—on this walking tour. Along the way, you’ll soak up tidbits about the neighborhood’s culinary history, which should provide conversation fodder once the noshing is over. (888-606-9255, bigonion.com). Times vary; adults $23, seniors and students $18 (includes food samples).
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