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The $30 Date Night US Mini-Tour

Daters, we are US-bound! $30 Date Night is going to hit America next month and we couldn’t be more excited. We’re going to be dating our way across Vegas, New York and San Francisco in our first ever $30 Date Night Mini-Tour.

There’s a lot in store, but first and foremost we need your help.

$30 Date Night is New York Bound

We’re taking suggestions for the date nights we should experience while we’re over there. We want to skip the touristy stuff and get right to the heart of these great cities. The sights we see will be incidental, not the destination. But the experiences we have will be iconic.

I’ve started here by picking some great $30 Date Nights from our San Francisco and New York City Guides. We’ve also found some fun ideas for Vegas (and you can bet there’ll be a Las Vegas City Guide coming shortly).

Can you add to this for us? What can’t we miss while we’re over there? Let’s start with New York.

Comments welcomed (needed!) below.

New York Date Ideas

- Take a rowboat out in Central Park
- Picnic in Highline Park
- The Oyster Bar at Grand Central Terminal
- Staten Island Ferry (I’ve been advised to not get off at Staten Island, just come on back to Manhattan)
- Eat a Bagel (Where in NYC has the best bagels?)
- Eat a Hot Dog (Gray’s Papaya or elsewhere?)
- FAO Schwarz!
- Of course, we will be needing to do one of New York’s famous cultural landmarks… the question is, should it be the MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim or the Natural History Museum? I think we’ll only have time for one this time around. Which is best for a date?
- Walk the Brooklyn Bridge?
- Pancakes at the Clinton Street Baking Company (voted best in the world…)

What else, what else, what else? I can’t wait to get to New York! What shouldn’t we miss out on?

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2 comments for “The $30 Date Night US Mini-Tour”

  1. Posted by Jess | September 18, 2010, 9:00 am


    You must walk the Brooklyn Bridge, then have an ice-cream at the Brooklyn Ice-Creamery (at the foot of the bridge) and stare back at the Manhatten skyline as you stroll through the park between Brooklyn Bridge and Manhatten Bridge.

    Best bagels are at Terrace Bagels in Brooklyn, near Prospect Park.

    Why not check out the Superhero Supply Store while you are in Brooklyn. And it’s a bit of a subway ride, but Coney Island is cheesy, run-down goodness.

    You must eat at Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread Too in Harlem for the best southern cooking you’ll ever have (and SO cheap).

    Have a piece of pie at Tom’s Restaurant (the one always shown in Sienfeld) on 110 St. Not at all touristy, just a typical little dinner. Talk to Pete on the door, he’s worked there 29 years.

    Do MoMA, the others are huge, and MoMA is more fun and kooky.

    Yep, don’t bother leaving the terminal at Staten Island. But be warned, it is a long return trip, you only see Lady Liberty for a short while, and I think you actually get closer by going to Battery Park (which is awesome in itself…why not have a go in the batting cages or see what street performance is happening down there…and there is an actual wild turkey that lives down there, just walking around by himself, I’ve seen him a few times, I call him Chester).

    You’re going to have an amazing time!

  2. Posted by Emma | September 21, 2010, 11:28 am

    Jess, thank you! These are so helpful!

    Sounds like spending some time in Brooklyn is in order!

    How many times have you been over there?

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