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.
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).
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.
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)
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.
If you’re looking for a fun date spot this Valentine’s Day, look no further: these great date spots in NYC are perfect for a romantic rendezvous. Dating is rough—trust us, we know. But Time Out has simplified the process (sort of) with our guide to the great dates in New York City, whether you’re meeting someone for a first date, trying to rekindle a long-term romance, or hate dating altogether. Plus, we’ve compiled a few tips to help make your next date go smoothly. If you’re still looking for a partner, we’ve got advice from Erika Christensen, a matchmaker who pairs up single ladies and gents on the subway. Or take a spin through our roundup of single New Yorkers to find someone that you can take on one of these great dates.—Edited by Amy Plitt Great date ideas in New York City Great first date ideas in NYC: Where to have a fun first date Don’t overthink things for an early date: If you need a first-date idea, use our guide to find the perfect, casual spot. Go on a virtual vacation at Bikini Bar Stepping into this Tribeca coffee shop is almost like walking into a hidden island oasis. Vintage surfboards are propped against the wall, a pineapple-themed chandelier hangs from the ceiling, and coffee cups adorned with palm trees add to the “we’re not in New York anymore” ambience. Swap vacation stories while sipping a cappuccino ($4) at the retro tiki bar; coffee, made from Counter Culture beans, is prepared by regional barista champion Danielle Glask
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Here are dating tips that you need to know to help you survive a horrific date—and tips to protect yourself before one even happens. We’ve all been on terrible dates—and they suck. But with our dater’s handbook, you just might be able to prevent a bad date from happening. Our dating tips include apps to download that can help boost conversation, and services that send robocalls to get you out of a bad date. Plus, find out how to graciously decline another outing. Before Set up a Google Voice numberYes, you should definitely keep an open mind when you’re looking for the right person, but it’s equally important to protect yourself from under-the-radar stalker types. If you’d prefer not to receive random 2am texts, mask your cell number by registering for a free Google Voice account (google.com/voice). After linking it to your legit number, you can have the system forward both calls and texts, which you can respond to without giving away your real digits. (But if things go well, be sure to come clean as soon as possible.) Memorize your local Rejection Hotline numberThese days, striking up a conversation with an attractive stranger in a bar or other public locale sounds more like a meet-cute than real life. More often than we’d like, that good-looking someone is actually an overzealous, liquored-up weirdo. Should things get desperate, save yourself by doling out the number of the Rejection Hotline’s New York branch (212-660-2245). When the soon-to-be rebuffed party calls, th