When you think of winter date ideas in New York City, you probably immediately think of skating in Rockefeller Center and walking around to look at window light displays. While those are excellent ideas, there are plenty of options that are a bit different. There are several winter date ideas in NYC that are sure to warm your date’s heart.
Buy Gifts For a Needy Family
There are many organizations and businesses, such as churches or schools, that allow needy families to hand in a Christmas wish list and receive presents from from strangers that choose their list. Either you or your date can contact local organizations to pick up one of these lists, then go shopping together for the family. It’s a good opportunity not only to give back, but to see how well you work together.
Create a Winter Food Walking Tour
Winter is the perfect time to indulge in warm comfort food and NYC has plenty of it. Create your own walking tour of these foods with a couple of suggestions from both of you of where to go. Use this as a chance to introduce each other to your favorite locales and foods but take note of what your date chooses; it can be useful to remember this information in the future. Some options to consider is getting hot chocolate at The City Bakery, tomato basil with tortellini soup from Daily Soup and a warm apple crisp from The Press Box.
Live Jazz Music
During winter, jazz music good food can definitely warm you to the core. Head to a place such as Garage Restaurant & Cafe, which offers live jazz music, outstanding food and even a fireplace. It’s a spin on the typical dinner date by mixing it up with beautiful music and ambiance all in one place.
Take a Holiday Themed Cooking Class
So maybe you’re not the most talented cook or baker and that’s fine because cooking schools such as The Institute of Culinary Education in NYC offer classes that can help you avoid giving your date food poisoning and teach you new skills at the same time. Consider taking a holiday themed class, such as “Basic Cookie Design” which is offered at ICE.
Winters in NYC can be anything but pleasant. For those that are less than enthusiastic about wandering around in the freezing temperatures, even for someone they like, the aforementioned ideas will help you stay toasty. New York City will still be beautiful on the way to the location and from inside a nice, heated venue.
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The City Bakery
The Press Box
Garage Restaurant & Cafe
The Institute of Culinary Education