8 Cheap Valentine’s Day Dates in NYC

8 Cheap Valentine’s Day Dates in NYC
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February 14 doesn’t have to call for months of saving in order to impress your other half. Forget fancy prix fixe dinners and overpriced cocktails, and opt for some cheap fun instead with these eight low-cost date ideas.

1. See a movie: Romeo + Juliet at Syndicated BK


You could spend $15 a ticket to catch a flick at most theaters in the city or you could see a movie for less than the price of a Happy Meal at Syndicated, which is part cinema, part restaurant. On the evening of Valentine’s Day, spend just $4 a ticket to see Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in this 1997 take on the Shakespeare classic. Syndicated also has a sweet selection of food and drinks, and you can keep costs low with $5 popcorn, $4 candy, and $4 Miller High Life bottles.

2. Visit a museum: Whitney Museum of American Art


Postpone your Valentine’s plans until the weekend and spend a Friday night immersed in creativity at the Whitney Museum of American Art, which offers Pay-What-You-Wish tickets from 7:00 to 9:30pm. This means that instead of paying the usual $25 a person, you can get away with paying $5 (or whatever you feel like) and access a world of great art. Given the Whitney’s Meatpacking location, you can round out the evening with a romantic stroll along the High Line, which doesn’t cost a thing.


3. Engage in some friendly competition: The Office Trivia at Slattery’s Midtown Pub


If you and your significant other are fans of the Dunder Mifflin gang, make it your mission to attend a night of trivia to show off your knowledge. Better yet, make it a double or triple date and show up with your team already fully formed for what’s bound to be a fun night out. There’s a $15 per person food and drink minimum, but considering most cocktails go for that amount in Midtown, this is definitely a deal!


4. Do happy hour and a comedy show: Sketch Actually at The PIT Underground


Laugh in the name of love at this special Valentine’s Day-themed comedy show, which runs $8 a ticket. But first, begin the night with a sweet happy hour deal at Desmond’s Tavern just a few blocks away, where you can score $3 20-oz. PBR cans, $4 cosmos and kamikazes, and $8 Long Island Iced Tea mugs from 3 to 7pm.


5. Get a little naughty: Positions of Pleasure Workshop at Babeland


Wait a couple of extra days to celebrate Valentine’s and head to this steamy class that promises to spice up your life under the sheets. Babeland’s sexperts will deliver pointers on your new favorite positions, complete with tips for how to incorporate toys into the mix. Make sure you and your boo arrive early; the first five guests receive a gift to try at home.


6. Go mini golfing: Mini Golf at Hudson River Park


Get some time for two on the green—a game costs $5 a person at this huge 18-hole course right on the Hudson, which also means there are picture perfect views. The course is currently open until 6pm, so count on spending some QT with your loved one while the sun is still shining.


7. Rock out to The Smiths: Unloveable: Valentine’s Day with The Smiths at The Bell House


The chance to see The Smiths for $20? Now that’s a deal. Hosted by Rolling Stone Editor Rob Sheffield and featuring NYC-based Smiths tribute band The Sons & Heirs, this show will give you the cathartic V-Day release you’re searching for.

8. Heat things up on the ice: Skating at Lakeside Prospect Park


Head to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park for a chill experience with your favorite person. As you enjoy your time on the two outdoor rinks, the pretty scenery will help you feel far away from city life. Plus, with admission prices costing only $7 on weekdays and $10 on weekends, skating for two is certainly more affordable than most other events the city has to offer.

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