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The most unique date ideas in NYC

Why settle for the standard dinner and a movie when you could try out one of these unique date ideas?

By Annalise Mantz
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Grabbing a drink might be fine for the first time you go out with someone, but second, third or fourth dates call for some much more unique date ideas. You’ll really stand out from the pack after taking your boo on one of these quirky outings. Our list includes plenty of romantic things to do, cheap date ideas and even a few indoor activities, in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. And if things go really well, you might want to make reservations at one of the most romantic restaurants in NYC for your next date. Consider this the perfect excuse to ask that special someone out.

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Unique date ideas in NYC

SPiN
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Play ping pong at SPiN

Bars Lounges Flatiron

The team behind SPiN—including co-owner Susan Sarandon—knows that the only thing that more fun than ping pong is tipsy ping pong. This bar combines Olympic-sized tables with a diverse selection of domestic and imported beers. It has all the makings of a guaranteed good time, whether or not you’re any good at the sport. Walk-in rates for an hour of table time start at $29 before 5pm on weekdays and increase in the evening and on weekends.

Pottery class
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Get your hands dirty in a BYOB pottery class

Instead of one of those ubiquitous paint-and-sip classes, learn how to spin a potter’s wheel in a class at Choplet Ceramic Studio. You can bring a bottle of wine or a six-pack of beer to split with your sweetheart, but this class doesn’t come with the same pressure of a sit-down drinks date. There’s something a little bit romantic about creating something together, too. Remember that sexy pottery scene from Ghost? $72 per person

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Forage in Prospect Park

Attractions Parks and gardens Prospect Park

Even the hardiest home cooks in NYC probably don’t have too much experience with foraging. After all, you’re not likely to see very many wild ramps springing up between the sidewalk cracks. Where you might really find some native herbs and vegetables? Prospect Park. Join a guided foraging walk through the park to pick wild carrots, burdock root, dandelion greens and Szechuan peppers. $20 per person

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Zoom around the harbor on a speedboat

Attention adrenaline junkies: This is the outing for you. Step aboard the 70-foot speedboat known as “the Beast” for a wild ride around the harbor that’s bound to get your pulse racing. Wetsuits are optional, but highly recommended—that’s how intense it is. $30 per person

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Marie's Crisis Cafe
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Sing along at Marie's Crisis Cafe

Bars Beer bars West Village

Marie’s isn’t just any dive bar. This West Village institution centers around a pianist playing show tunes, and singing along isn’t just encouraged—it’s pretty much required. Don’t even try to request Taylor Swift—this isn’t your average karaoke night. You’ll see aspiring Broadway stars, neighborhood fixtures and people from all walks of life belting out classics like “Memory” and “All That Jazz.”

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