For most New Yorkers, winter in the city is not their favorite season. The decorations are nice, and snow is beautiful, but it can be tough to feel upbeat with the shorter daylight hours and bitter cold.
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!
Where: 9 Doyers St.
Hours: Mon-Sat: 6:30 pm – 2:00 am, Sun: 8:00 pm – 2:00 am (Please email email@example.com for the most up to date schedule of events and operating hours or follow on Instagram @APOTHEKENYC). No reservations.
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-11pm 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: Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 5:30pm, Friday and Saturday: 10am – 9pm
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 your swankier date, but it’ll impress!
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
Hours: Dec 31: 8am-4pm, Jan 1 – Jan 4: 8am-11pm, Jan 5 – Mar 1: 8am-10pm
6. Indoor Rock Climbing
There are a few places to do this, from Chelsea Piers to The Cliffs in Long Island City, 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. Spa Day
Spend an entire day at a warm spa. Whether it’s a chill place like Spa Castle or a little more stylish like Aire Ancient baths, just dip into that hot water and don’t come out. Ever. Except for a massage. (But maybe not a first date spot…)
Where: Spa Castle: 131-10 11th Ave, College Point, Queens; Aire Ancient Baths: 88 Franklin St.
Hours/Reservations: 8am-12am (Spa Castle); 8am-11pm (Aire Ancient)
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 – 3:30pm
9. Drinks at The NoMad Hotel
Did you know you can dine inside a library at The NoMad Hotel? This two-level book space (with a spiral staircase imported from France) offers finger foods, cocktails, coffee and tea for a cozy respite from the city streets. After 4pm in the afternoon, The Library is reserved exclusively for guests of The NoMad Hotel.
Where: 1170 Broadway
Hours/Reservations: Hotel is open 24 hours
10. Hide Away in J. Bespoke Speakeasy
This brand new speakeasy is hidden behind a secret door in a NoMad coffee shop. It’s an effort by two brother owners to take sports bars to a whole new elevated level—so you’ll score extra points if your date is a sports fan!
Where: 127 East 27th St.
Hours/Reservations: Monday-Friday, 5pm-late; Saturday-Sunday 12pm-late
Featured image source: Facebook / The Metropolitan Museum of Art