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Five Cheap and Easy NYC Date Ideas

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Jun 14, 2012 —  It’s easy to spend a ton of money in New York.

Sure, the subway is still cheaper than most major cities and you just about walk everywhere anyway – an activity that’s free even in caustically overpriced Manhattan – but it only takes a few trips to MOMA and a pair of Broadway tickets to guarantee you’ll be subsisting on ramen until the next pay period.

And don’t get us started on the average rent for an apartment so small you can kick the fridge closed while sitting on the can. Or the fact that some flapper-clad muddler-weaving swizzle master (bartender) spends fifteen minutes making a glorified rail drink topped with pygmy loganberries and refined pomegranate skins (ingredients they totally made up) and then charges you $20 for a glass so small…it’d fit in your apartment.

So what’s a budget-minded dater to do in a city home to some of the world’s most exclusive clubs, fanciest restaurants, and million dollar parking spaces?

Well, first you should do an internet search for the parking space story, because it’s totally true, and then you should spend a few minutes checking out these fun New York bars and unique venues that can make for a great date in The Big Apple – minus the sour prices. 

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    The Frying Pan

    Bar / Outdoor Activity / Restaurant

    The Frying Pan - Bar | Outdoor Activity | Restaurant in New York.
    Chelsea / Flatiron

    Pier 66 in Hudson River Park at West 26th Street
    New York, NY 10011

    212‑362‑4453

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    The High Line

    Outdoor Activity / Park

    The High Line - Outdoor Activity | Park in New York.
    Chelsea / Flatiron

    Washington Street and Gansevoort Street, and Tenth Avenue at West 14th Street (elevator), West 16th Street (elevator), West 18th Street, West 20th Street, West 23rd Street, West 26th Street, West 28th Street, and West 30th Street
    New York, NY 10011

    212‑500‑6035

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    Maison Premiere

    Bar / Lounge / Oyster Bar

    Maison Premiere - Bar | Lounge | Oyster Bar in New York.
    Williamsburg

    298 Bedford Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11211

    347‑335‑0446

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    Decibel

    Japanese Restaurant / Sake Bar

    Decibel - Japanese Restaurant | Sake Bar in New York.
    East Village

    240 East 9th Street
    New York, NY 10003-7530

    212–979–2733

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    The Rusty Knot

    Bar / Tiki Bar

    The Rusty Knot - Bar | Tiki Bar in New York.
    West Village

    425 West Street
    New York, NY 10014

    212‑645‑5668

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User Comments

Anonymous Jul 27, 2012
If you're a sake lover - Decibel is the best. And yeah, it does kinda feel like Blade Runner in there.
Anonymous Jul 27, 2012
The High Line is the way to go! If the weather's right, load up on some gourmet munchies at the Chelsea Market and turn that walk into a fun picnic.
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