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BY: CHAU MUI

 

Let’s face it single people of NYC, a lot of you are bad with dating.

It’s not that you’re completely bad at dating, per se. Every single person dating in NYC is bad at making complete strangers fall in love with them within a three-hour window. It’s also that everyone is bad at planning dates. The line is hella fine between “fun and adventurous” and “holy hell, I’m trapped with this person for how many more hours”?

We’re here to tell you that “grabbing a drink” is lame and devoid of effort! How will you stand out against the dozens of others who have taken or are taking your potential mate out for “drinks”? Sure, you are different and once they meet you they’ll realize how charming and authentic you are (right?), but in order to win the game, you’ve got to wow them before the date. So, get creative! Dating should be FUN! Both for them AND you!

If you’re going to be diving into the unpredictable waters of dating and ghosting, you might as well have a good time. And ultimately, if you find that they’re not down for a fun date, then that might be a red flag that they’re not a fun time. In that case, good riddance!

Here are a few ideas that are sure to be a great night (and not be too hard on your wallet).

PS - Many of them involve drinking, but these are still fun without. Take care of your liver, yo.
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CHINATOWN: DUMPLINGS, ARCADES & ADULT GAMES
Dumpling tour —- see our last post for the full details ($)
Old School Arcade games at Chinatown Fair ($)
Nitecap at The Basement ($$)
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WEST VILLAGE: POOL GAMES & ALL THAT JAZZ

Art Bar (cozy and can be cramped but there’s a fireplace) ($)
Pool, Ping Pong and Games at Fat Cat ($3 entry) ($)
Dessert at Big Gay Ice Cream Shop ($)
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EAST VILLAGE: AUTHENTIC THAI & LAUGHS
Dinner at SomTum Der (Michelin rated & affordable Thai food) ($)
Improv show at UCB East ($)
Drinks at Lovers of Today ($$)
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DUMBO : TACOS & A VIEW
*If you’re early you can ride the carousel for $2. It closes at 6pm.
Dinner at Gran Eléctrica ($$)
Walk by the pier for a gorgeous view of the city skyline and as a surprise, a bottle of wine or whiskey to stay warm ($)
Take the ferry back to the city (if you’re headed there). It’s about the price of a metro card and with gorgeous views. ($)

CARROLL GARDENS: MINI GOLFING IN BROOKLYN
Mini Golfing & Arcade -Shipwrecked (619 Court Street) ($)
Dinner/drinks at La Slowteria ($)

WILLIAMSBURG / GREENPOINT: BEER & OLD SCHOOL JOINTS
Free brewery tours on Saturdays ($) Walk to Greenpoint for Polish food at Karczma ($) Peter Pan Doughnut Shop ($)

KTOWN: APARTMENT BUILDING SURPRISE
Space Billiards for pool and drinks ($$) Miss Korea (upstairs) ($$)
Dessert at Besfren ($)

LIC - 2 MILE BEER “MARATHON” All these breweries are within a 2-mile radius of each other, so feel free to walk off the beer of each. This would be ideal for a Sunday day date! Transmitter Brewing Company ($) Rockaway Brewing Company ($) Big Alice Brewing Company ($) LIC Beer Project ($)

LOWER EAST SIDE: CHRISTMAS SUNDAY DATE NY Transit Museum Holiday Train on 2nd Ave F train station ($) Ride to Rockefeller and YES see the tree. Yes, it’s touristy, but it’s still Christmasy AF.

NEIGHBORHOOD TOURS

Pick a neighborhood that neither of you have ever visited and take turns researching and figuring out where to go.

All in all, dating should be fun! So make some effort into your dates and see where it takes you.