On October 17th until October 20th, New York City will be hosting the 2013 Wine and Food Festival. If you and a loved one are foodies, this is definitely one of the best NY date ideas. This year will see the return of signature events, as well as present a whole range of new and exciting events. Tickets are set to sell out quite early so it’s advisable to book now in order to avoid disappointment.
Afro-Punk is back. The Festival, now in its 9th year, returns Commodore Barry Park in Fort Green Brooklyn this Saturday and Sunday. Festivals such as this make a fantastic date idea. They have all the elements: food, music, shows and all types of fun activities. Although it bills itself as a punk festival, the musical lineup includes some newer rappers like Danny Brown, Mykki Blanco, and Le1f; New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia, as well as legendary punk bands such as Death, younger punks Trash Talk. Other performers include Chuck D of Public Enemy and DJ Lord performing Fear of a Black Planet, Questlove, Jean Grae, Saul Williams, K-os and many more. Best of all, the festival is free with a RSVP.
Restaurant Week is On! Try some new spots at half the price. Dinner $38, Lunch $25.
Last September, one of our best New York date ideas was to send one of our married clients to see the Belgrade Trilogy. This cultural date idea is perfect for committed couples and those who love a more cultured evening. Dates these days have a reputation for being casual and unromantic. Women still want to be wooed. Therefore if you want to really make her happy, think of NYC date ideas that are sophisticated, romantic and cultural. The Belgrade Trilogy is actually returning to the East Village from February 7th-17th.
What is the Belgrade Trilogy?
Set in Prague, Belgrade, Sydney and Los Angeles, the Belgrade Trilogy is a play that features nine Serbian expatriates. Their lives are connected via Ana, a well-known married TV presenter with a baby on the way. The expatriates start to look at the lives they are leading now and what has happened since they left their loved ones behind. Her life is exactly what each Serbian wants for themselves. It tells a story of losing time, home and of constant disappointment. There’s also a look into how life can sometimes take a very unexpected turn and leave you wondering how to get out of the situation you’ve ended up in.
Société Secrète ... A New Year's Eve of Decadence
Looking for something to do this New Years? Head over to Opia Pop Up Lounge as they host their, Société Secrète , A New Year's Eve of Decadence. This year's New Year Party will be hosted by Unik Ernest, Faurice Armand, and Calche Cooper.
When you’re looking for romantic restaurants in NYC, you may want to skip Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar. The New York Times has written a fairly damning review of the restaurant. If you’re looking to impress your date, you may be better off searching for alternative fun NY date ideas.
Zagat has recently released its 2013 NYC Restaurant Survey. This years survey will cover a record 2,120 restaurants that are located throughout New York City’s five boroughs.. Approximately 44,306 local diners voted on the restaurants.
The survey results revealed that the dining industry in New York City has not fully recovered from the economic downturn. According to the survey, diners are currently cooking more meals at home in an attempt to save some money. Zagat reported that these diners were cooking about 6.7 meals per week instead of eating out or ordering takeout. Diners averaged 6.4 meals eaten out per week. Nevertheless, some 19 percent of respondents reported eating out more this year compared to last year, which is an encouraging sign. The Date Valet recommends that you don't host dinner dates at your home until you are comfortable with your significant other.