The wind is whipping, it’s slushy, and you can’t stop wiping your nose with your scarf. So how on earth are you going to have a great date night in the middle of misery? With the best winter date spots in the New York City, that’s how!
1. Apotheke, Chinatown/Little Italy
For a somewhat pricey but overall super romantic, cozy night at a bar, Apotheke is perfect. It’s got a loungey, somewhat macabre feel and lives up to its name with crazy concoctions as cocktails. Even if those cocktails cost you an arm and a leg, just get one each and sip it slow! Reserve your spot here.
Where: 9 Doyers St.
Hours: Mon-Sat: Tues-Sat, 6:30pm-2am & Sun, 6:30-12am
2. Luzzo’s La Pizza Napoletana, East Village
When it’s freezing outside, what’s better than some brick oven pizza? Luzzo’s La Pizza Napoletana down in the East Village is a trendy pizzeria with an ever-changing seasonal menu.
Where: 213 1st Ave.
Hours: 12pm-10:30pm every day
3. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Upper East Side
Need a full-day museum to stay out of the cold? The MET is not only the largest art museum in the city, but in the world. There’s no better place to spend an entire day indoors.
Where: 1000 5th Ave.
Hours: Varies, see website
4. Jimmy at The James Hotel, NoMad
The Jimmy has fireplaces. Fireplaces! It also has 14’ windows with amazing panoramic views of Midtown, Wall Street, the Hudson River, and the bridges spanning the East River. And cozy couches to curl up on. It’s definitely a swankier date, but it’ll impress!
See also: The 11 Best Winter Rooftops In NYC
Where: Rooftop at the James Hotel (15 Thompson St.)
Hours/Reservations: Monday–Wednesday 5pm–1am, Thursday–Saturday 5pm–2am, Sunday 3pm–1am
5. Bryant Park Ice Skating, Midtown
Ice skating is an awesome way to spend the winter in NYC, but skip Rockefeller Center which is tourist-central and go to the less popular Bryant Park rink. It’ll be less crazy and give you more space to crash and burn because you inevitably forgot how to ice skate.
Where: Between 5 and 6 Av, W 40 St and W 42 St
6. Indoor Rock Climbing, East Harlem
There are a few places to do this, from Chelsea Piers to The Cliffs, but if you or your significant other love being active, this is the perfect way to burn some calories without shivering to death. If you’ve never tackled a wall before, these places have beginner classes to get started.
Hours: Varies, see above websites.
7. Concert Under the Stars, LES
Sit under the glowing night sky for an enchanting night of music and romance. Stay warm with climate-controlled rooftops that give off the perfect ambience without the cold temperatures. Sip cocktails while you let the sweet sounds of sultry tunes transport you and your date for one unforgettable concert. Get your tickets here.
Where: Various Locations
Hours/Reservations: See here
8. The New York Aquarium, Coney Island
It’s way too cold for the zoo; even the animals know it. But it’s not too cold for the Aquarium, which has plenty of awesome indoor exhibits that are open all year round. Get a kick out of some fish for the day!
Where: 602 Surf Ave, Brooklyn
Hours: 10am – 4:30pm
Take your date to an over-the-top winter rooftop like the Pink Winter Lodge at Magic Hour Rooftop. This way they’ll be less focused on your outfit—that you’re still not sure was the right choice—and more on the extravagant decorations. Get a few small bites rather than a large meal and spark up great conversation over festive cocktails.
Where: Various Locations
Hours/Reservations: Hours Vary
Hide away at this speakeasy disguised behind a bodega in the Seaport District. The space’s maximalist decor is warm and inviting and sure to distract you from any of your date jitters—the fantastic cocktails offered might help too!
Where: 252 Front St.
Hours/Reservations: Varies, see website