10 Unconventional Date Nights

In a city with an overwhelming amount of activities, it’s tempting to rely on the standard dinner-and-a-movie formula. Now that the days are longer and summer’s adventurous attitudes have prevailed, we say it’s time to ditch the playbook and try something new. Here are 10 totally unique date nights that are guaranteed to inspire the best kind of bonding.

Learn to Paint – Beginners are welcome to flex their creative muscles (and put them to use uncorking BYOB vino) during this date night painting class just for couples. Receive hands-on brushstroke-by-brushstroke instruction, and take home a finished painting for your wall.

Cook a Steak Dinner – Woo your loved one with the promise of an indulgent—and foolproof—BYOB steak dinner. On the menu during this BYOB cooking class: seared steaks, red wine reduction, truffled mashed potatoes, and a classic blue cheese chopped salad.

Explore the Met After Dark – By New Yorkers for New Yorkers, this VIP tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is anything but typical. Expect salacious backstories, silly photo ops, plenty of adult humor, and a complimentary glass of wine.

Take Two and Tango – Whether you’ve got two left feet or fancy yourselves the next Fred and Ginger, this 120-minute tango class accommodates your skill level. By the end, you’ll be tearing up the dance floor.

Cruise with Champagne and City Lights – Take a 1920s-style yacht on a leisurely harbor cruise past iconic New York landmarks from the Statue of Liberty to the Brooklyn Bridge. You’ll each receive a complimentary drink (and can purchase bottles of bubbly aboard).

Bond Over Clay – Reenact that famous scene from Ghost, and maybe even make a cup, vase, or tray while you’re at it. You’ll learn various handbuilding techniques during this pottery class including pinching, coiling, and slabs.

Go on a Chocolate Tour – Satisfy your inner chocoholics on an eight-stop chocolate tour that takes you and your partner from classic truffles to exquisite macarons. Highlights include Chelsea Market, Xocolatti’s, and Vosges.

Build a Terrarium – Exercise your green thumbs as you design a collaborative miniscape, then build your own terrarium from forest-fresh mosses. Pick up some tips on long-term care, and you’ll go home with some new décor for the windowsill.

Discover and book more great learning experiences on our classes page.