Wow, some of you guys are so romantical and some of you are just douchey. It’s all good, because the girls of Singlefied have picked a winner: Aaron H. Congrats Aaron, you and a guest will be attending the Chivas Tasting Event courtesy of Sparkology! Check out the winning date idea below, and scroll through to see some of the entries that stood out to us.
Start out in Central Park by surprising her with a lunch picnic including some of her favorite dishes. Bring extra blankets in case it’s chilly. After lunch, take her on a dessert tour while walking downtown. Map out 5-6 bakeries along the way. At the last bakery, have a pre-planned dessert with a rose attached (set up ahead of time). She’ll be pleasantly surprised. Reward all this walking with aperitivo at Casa Nonna, an Italian style happy hour where you have access to a buffet of appetizers with the purchase of a cocktail. Drop her off in a cab and walk your ass home.
Our verdict: How thoughtful, well-planned, simple, and romantic! This date requires some pre-planning, but it’ll make any girl impressed and giddy. And hello dessert tour? Hell yeah! Well done, Aaron. We all want to date you now.
1) 1st date Strbcks in mall, be late so she buys her own drnk, get an iced chai, chat abt life n thn buy af1s while askn 4 input
Our verdict: Yo, we said $100 budget, not $1.50. And btw, don’t ever be late for a date.
2) The date starts at the Brooklyn Bridge, where you greet her with a single red rose (or other flower;$3-$5). You walk across the bridge to the middle deck and take out some red wine to have a toast (Trader Joe’s wine, $4). Next, onto Flamenco dance lessons at Dance New Amsterdam ($16.50 each). The studio is a few blocks from the bridge. After dance lessons, get onto the 6 train going downtown. This train ride loops back uptown at the last stop, taking you through beautiful, historic City Hall train station that many people don’t know about. The view is very beautiful and romantic. Ride the train until you get to Grand Central (train ride $4.50). Stroll trough Grand Central and then on to Bryant Park. Across from the park, make a stop at Lily O’brien’s for Coffee or Hot Chocolate and receive a free gourmet chocolate with your drink (with a 2 for 1 coupon on their website the cost will be about $3.50). She will appreciate a bargain and the resourcefulness. After coffee, stroll through Times Square and enjoy the lights. Then on to 5 Napkin Burger. Don’t let the name fool you, this restaurant has great food, drinks and atmosphere, at very reasonable prices(entrees range from about $12-$16). The menu includes great sushi, delicious gourmet burgers, salads and other seafood dishes. At this point you should have just enough money to finish the night off with a drink….and that concludes my version of the perfect date for under a $100. With this date I would hope to have given the impression that I am fun, creative, outgoing, and romantic.
Our verdict: We love the romantic and surprising (Flamenco!) aspects of your date, but we do not love you pulling out a 2-for-1 coupon. There’s nothing wrong with finding a bargain, but make it discreet.
3) While Lincoln Center is mostly known for it’s operas and ballets, it allows for an upscale variation on the tried and true movie dinner date as well. For $20 you can watch a screening of your favorite movie from a year ago followed by a live q&a with the director. Somewhere between the strangely polite audience (a rarity in NYC), the frank discussion with the director (the glitz and glamour of celebrity), and the outraged older woman in the front row berating said director (you are after all still in New York), you the makings of a date her roommates will definitely hear about. For a $10 cab ride you can end up on the corner of 49th and broadway at Hagi. While it’s pretty much as close to Times Square as you can be without technically being in it, the nondescript door filters out any fanny pack toting tourists. First made famous as a watering hole for Bourdain and culinary buddies, the menu features a slew of Japanese delicacies at an affordable price and pitchers cheap enough to never feel guilty about ordering another one.
Our verdict: A Bourdain-worthy restaurant is always a plus, but spending half of the date not talking to each other is a negative. Save movie dates for a girlfriend, not a girl you’re trying to fuck.
4) Take her to Nobu and tell her she can order whatever she wants. Throw in a couple bottles of champagne! Then at the end of dinner, claim that you lost your wallet. Be convincingly frazzled, then tell her you’ll make it up to her next time.
Our verdict: You’re a dick.
5) The date starts at lunch at an uncrowded Chelsea Market where we whet our appetites by slowly meandering and picking up pieces here and there from the various purveyors. Inevitably, conversation steers towards food: we notice each other’s reactions to the tasty fare in the storefronts, to the samples of various goodies that we would not have tried normally, but the relaxed atmosphere encourages us to be indulgent. Lunch in hand, we head southwest to Battery Park and hungrily dig into our makeshift picnic at the park near the World Financial Center. The sight of moored yachts and sailboats make for a playful backdrop as we share stories of unforgettable meals.
The notion of being on the water on a sunny day grips us so we board the Staten Island Ferry and watch the skyline shrink and appreciate this token act of escapism. Sea mist and unfamiliar views of familiar places give us a different, thus tastier slice of New York. Swirls of history, nostalgia and PBS specials well up as we pass by the Statue of Liberty. Finally, we arrive at Staten Island only to immediately go back and experience the whole thing in reverse.
Traipsing through TriBeCa, we grab a quick Vietnamese iced coffee to fuel us to Columbus park in the heart of Chinatown where we revel in the sensory chaos of amateur Beijing opera, handball, fishmongers and senior citizens showing off their tai chi skills to their grandchildren. We take mental notes as we casually mention tidbits of our travels, pressing for more details when it merits.
Then off to SoHo for a quiet(er) respite where we leaf through the new Visionaire and the photo-laden tomes at Tashen and Phaidon. Eagerly showing each other images and/or prose that made an impression, we notice some shared tastes in art but more importantly, we take note of the differences that we can discuss later.
Finally, we take the subway to Coney Island. This short 45 minute train ride allows us to get a small gauge of how we would travel together. We continue our travel talk, while witnessing the dramatic change in scenery from the above ground subway. Escaping the hustle of Manhattan and emerging in the bustle of southern Brooklyn, we stroll on the boardwalk and determine that Nathan’s hotdogs are indeed better in Coney Island. The cool sea air is especially romantic at dusk when on the ferris wheel.
Our verdict: What a wonderfully poetic, scenic and well-scripted date. However, how many hours do we need for this whole production? And when can we take a break from all the traveling? If you’re planning a very involved and active date, make sure to warn her the night before so she wears proper shoes!
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