Despite crowded sidewalks full of good looking people, meeting someone to go out with in New York City is hard work, so leave the planning to us. Although you may be competing with high-powered executives and supermodels in the dating pool, you don’t need to be a millionaire to show that special someone a good time out on the town. We’ve compiled a list of creative date ideas under $50 to keep your beau -- and your budget -- happy.
The fastest way to a woman’s heart is with adorable animals. For $35, the two of you can spend the day exploring Central Park Zoo where the animals’ antics are great for a laugh and result in plenty of photo-ops. Afterwards, check out the rest of the park’s highlights by bike and finish off the afternoon with a sweet ice cream treat.
Knock date night out of the park with an evening, or afternoon, at Yankees Stadium. The most laidback option for a sports-related date, baseball games allow for plenty of conversation time and it’s totally acceptable to drink outside, even if first pitch is at noon. Games usually have plenty of entertainment between innings and if you’re brave, you can sneak in a smooch on the Kiss Cam.
Get lost in one of the world’s top art museums and you’ll learn about the masters as well as your plus one. The exhibits at the country’s largest art museum offer over three million pieces spanning all artistic eras and the opportunity to discuss topics rarely broached on the average first date.
Foodies can enjoy a relaxing Sunday stroll through downtown Manhattan while digging into samples from LES landmarks such as Economy Candy and the world-famous Kossar Bialy’s bakery. Give your date a bite of your pastrami sandwich at Katz’s Delicatessen, a historic kosher deli that survived two World Wars, and maybe someday you’ll bring your kids for a taste of Mom & Dad’s first date.