The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York
La Follia is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

1. La Follia

226 3rd Ave (at 19th St), New York, NY
Italian Restaurant · Gramercy Park · 54 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: With all of their plates priced under $20, this makes for a great cheap date spot in a cute and cozy atmosphere. We're big fans of their pasta and crostini.

Ralph's Famous Italian Ices is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

2. Ralph's Famous Italian Ices

144 E 24th St (at Lexington Ave.), New York, NY
Ice Cream Parlor · Rose Hill · 50 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: Only open during the warmer months of the year, this spot is known for amazing cream and water ices. Take a date, grab some Mint Cookie or Rainbow Cookie ices and eat them in Madison Square Park.

Motorino is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

3. Motorino

8.4
349 E 12th St (at 1st Ave), New York, NY
Pizzeria · East Village · 318 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: Arguably some of the best pizza in Manhattan. Our favorites are the Marinara and the Smoked Scamorzza. One pizza is enough for two people; although it’s so good you may just want to take some home.

Barcade is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

4. Barcade

8.4
388 Union Ave (btwn Ainslie & Powers St), Brooklyn, NY
Bar · East Williamsburg · 321 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: Classic arcade games, extensive beer selection and a fun atmosphere for you, your friends and your dog.

Hide-Chan Ramen is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

5. Hide-Chan Ramen

8.0
248 E 52nd St (btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave), New York, NY
Ramen Restaurant · Turtle Bay · 317 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: Richly flavored broth is the highlight of this Ramen joint. Go for the Hakata Tonkotsu with very firm noodles and very rich (more pork fat) – don’t be scared by the fleck of pork fat you’ll see.

The Grey Dog - Union Square is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

6. The Grey Dog - Union Square

8.6
90 University Pl (btwn E 11th & E 12th St), New York, NY
Café · Greenwich Village · 327 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: We love this tiny place for a delicious brunch – Get your fill with the Grey Dog’s Breakfast or be a bit healthier with the Homemade Granola. Expect to wait during the weekends.

Central Park Zoo is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

7. Central Park Zoo

8.5
Central Park (btwn E 63rd & E 65th St), New York, NY
Zoo · Central Park · 248 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: Be sure to buy tickets online beforehand so you can avoid waiting on a massive line on a nice summer day. We love to come here to watch the sea lions be fed.

Westville West is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

8. Westville West

210 W 10th St (btwn Bleecker & W 4th St.), New York, NY
American Restaurant · West Village · 177 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: Yummy seasonal market-fresh food at very reasonable prices. Definitely try the smoky mac and cheese and a big bowl of greek salad. Perfect for vegetable enthusiasts.

The Meatball Shop is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

9. The Meatball Shop

64 Greenwich Ave (at Perry St), New York, NY
Italian Restaurant · West Village · 273 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: You might wait 2 hours to try any variety of meatballs you can imagine, in any form. The daily specials are always fun, vegetables are fresh and delicious. The homemade ice cream sandwiches are a MUST

Paris Theater is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

10. Paris Theater

8.0
4 W 58th St (at 5th Ave), New York, NY
Indie Movie Theater · Midtown East · 50 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: The ultimate date-night destination to see a movie. If you really want to impress your date, try to snag a seat on the balcony - the view is great!

Murray's Cheese Bar is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

11. Murray's Cheese Bar

264 Bleecker St (at Cornelia St), New York, NY
Cheese Store · West Village · 119 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: While Murray's is known for their great selection of cheeses, you can't come here without trying the grilled cheese with tomato soup. It's the perfect lunch!

Otto Enoteca Pizzeria is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

12. Otto Enoteca Pizzeria

1 5th Ave (at E 8th St), New York, NY
Pizzeria · Greenwich Village · 480 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: Definitely make reservations or be prepared to wait. Start with a selection of Meats and Cheeses and then go straight to the Pizza – Otto Lardo, Prosciutto Arugula or Pizza Del Giorno.

Vino 313 is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

13. Vino 313

201 E 31st St (3rd Avenue), New York, NY
Wine Bar · Rose Hill · 16 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: Great place for a casual date or a dinner with the girls. Try the Daily Fish Special or the Seared Hanger Steak. Or share a bottle and a plate of Charcuterie and Cheese.

14. Milk Bar

8.2
251 E 13th St (at 2nd Ave), New York, NY
Dessert Shop · East Village · 711 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: Wash down some “Crack Pie” with a “Fancy Milkshake” – we recommend the Cereal Milk White Russian!

The Bandshell / Celebrate Brooklyn! is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

15. The Bandshell / Celebrate Brooklyn!

9.3
Prospect Park W (at 10th St), Brooklyn, NY
Performing Arts Venue · Prospect Park · 150 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: The setting is amazing, especially on a nice summer night. Bring a blanket, some food and some friends, and grab a seat on the lawn. Make sure to come very early, as the line to get in can be crazy!

Burp Castle is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

16. Burp Castle

7.4
41 E 7th St (btwn 2nd Ave & Cooper Sq), New York, NY
Pub · East Village · 123 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: Be sure to obey the one cardinal rule - no talking loudly, or else you'll get a big "SHHHH" from the bartender! The beer list is excellent, so it's a great place to (quietly) catch up with a friend.

'inoteca is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

17. 'inoteca

98 Rivington St (at Ludlow St), New York, NY
Italian Restaurant · Lower East Side · 85 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: A solid place to come for Italian-themed tapas. The truffled egg toast melts in your mouth!

Bar Veloce is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

18. Bar Veloce

7.4
175 2nd Ave (btwn E 11th & E 12th St), New York, NY
Wine Bar · East Village · 77 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: Great place to go on a date – its dark, romantic, and has a great selection of wines. Splurge on a bottle of Schioppettino and their world famous Nutella Panino.

Museum of the Moving Image is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

19. Museum of the Moving Image

9.2
36-01 35th Ave (btwn 36th St and 37th St), Astoria, NY
Museum · Astoria · 186 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: Come here after 4pm on Fridays for Free Admission! The Jim Henson exhibit is very cool – see it before it closes. Check their film-screening schedule – it’s included in your admission.

ChikaLicious Dessert Bar is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

20. ChikaLicious Dessert Bar

8.4
203 E 10th St (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave), New York, NY
Dessert Shop · East Village · 252 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: Grab a seat at the bar and watch the owner, Chika, create all the ethereal desserts. Get the Prix Fixe with wine pairing ($22) and try anything from the daily menu.

21. Luke's Lobster

93 E 7th St (btwn 1st Ave & Ave A), New York, NY
Seafood Restaurant · East Village · 305 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: Go with the Noah's Ark roll, you won't be disappointed.

Bryant Park is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

22. Bryant Park

9.5
W 42nd St (btwn 5th & 6th Ave), New York, NY
Park · Midtown · 1229 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: A mecca of fun things to do – outdoor films, ping pong and yoga in the summer, ice skating in the winter and great people watching all year round.

Grom is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

23. Grom

2165 Broadway (btw 76th & 77th), New York, NY
Ice Cream Parlor · Upper West Side · 23 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: Once you go Gelato you never go back! The place is a bit characterless, but the Gelato is divine! Try the Egg Cream, The Espresso or the Green Tea.

Jimmy's No. 43 is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

24. Jimmy's No. 43

43 E 7th St (btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave), New York, NY
Bar · East Village · 135 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: This place is a craft beer-lover's paradise, with an impressive selection of both bottled and draft beers.

Wollman Rink is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

25. Wollman Rink

8.8
830 5th Ave (at East Dr), New York, NY
Skating Rink · Central Park · 83 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: Make sure you stop at the bank first, they only accept cash! Try and get there at the start of the session for the nicest ice.

S'MAC is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

26. S'MAC

7.7
197 1st Ave (at E 12th St), New York, NY
Mac and Cheese Joint · East Village · 285 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: An entire restaurant dedicated to the most beloved comfort food, mac & cheese. While you can try the fancier cheese options, the cheeseburger is an old faithful that will not disappoint.

Red Egg is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

27. Red Egg

202 Centre St (btwn Grand & Hester St), New York, NY
Chinese Restaurant · SoHo · 99 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: No carts at this joint - which makes for a classier dim sum experience. And unlike most other classic dim sum places, you can come here for dinner. The Peking Duck Sliders are unreal.

Yuca Bar & Restaurant is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

28. Yuca Bar & Restaurant

7.8
111 Avenue A (at E 7th St), New York, NY
Tapas Restaurant · East Village · 246 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: Come here on Tuesdays for half priced tapas and drinks before 8 - ain't nothing wrong with that! Added bonus: their sangria is delicious.

Museum of Sex is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

29. Museum of Sex

7.1
233 5th Ave (at E 27th St), New York, NY
Erotic Museum · NoMad · 196 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: Not as risqué as it’s name would suggest. The exhibits are interesting, but half as much as the gift shop! Try and find a coupon for discounted admission.

SPiN New York is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

30. SPiN New York

7.6
48 E 23rd St (btwn Park Ave S and Broadway), New York, NY
Bar · Flatiron District · 133 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: Probably one of our all-time favorite date spots in the city - what better way to break the ice than ping pong and alcohol? Plus, Susan Sarandon owns this joint, which totally ups the coolness factor.

Pio Pio is one of The Best Cheap Date Ideas in New York.

31. Pio Pio

7.9
210 E 34th St (btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave.), New York, NY
Peruvian Roast Chicken Joint · Murray Hill · 103 tips and reviews

The Corcoran GroupThe Corcoran Group: Hands down, the best Peruvian Chicken in the city! Get the Matador Combo if you're really hungry or are with a couple of friends: one whole chicken, rice, beans, tostones, salchipapa, & avocado salad.