5 Quirky Date Night Destinations in Carnegie Hall, NYC

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Date night doesn’t have to be the same each time. While we all love cuddling up at the movies or trying new restaurants or embracing a bit of high culture at museums, every once in a while, date night needs to be shaken up. Each city has a hidden world of strange, quirky, and delightful things to do. Try any one of these on your next date night and embrace the weird, whimsical part of life.

Gossip Girl Tour NYC

There are several tours you can take in New York City. Some of the classics visit Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty or wander through Times Square, but just South of Central Park is the Gossip Girl Tour NYC. This tour takes guests through all the major NYC moments of the famous teen television show. You’ll stop at the Met Steps, Dylan’s Candy Bar, The Empire Hotel, and more. It is a great way to see a different part of NYC and to do so in a silly way.


Fancy a night out like James Bond? At Spyscape, a museum for all things spy related, you and your date can test your covert skills at the exhibit “007xSPYSCAPE” (a new immersive James Bond experience). Or work with “British Intelligence” and you’ll receive a briefing of the mission, crack codes, attempt to stay undercover, and even go on a special ops mission (winding your way past lasers of course). Before or after this interactive exhibit, you can stroll through all the fun gadgets of spy craft and even purchase them at the Spyshop. Spyscape is not your typical museum: fun, intrigue, and mystery lie around every corner. 

The Paley Center for Media

A wonderful date night for television or media buffs. The Paley Center for Media is dedicated to the preservation of television and radio programs and is home to some of the rarest television footage and radio recordings, which can be screened in one of their two large theaters, or watched as a date at a family console. They have things like the dress rehearsal film for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella telecast in 1957 (previously unseen), or the work of Jim Henson, or the short films of Saturday Night Live. The list is endless and a visit to the Paley Center takes movie night to a whole new level. 

St. Thomas Church

A gorgeous piece of Gothic architecture hidden among the modern skyscrapers of New York City. St Thomas Church began in 1824, but its current structure dates back to 1914. While the interior, exterior, and stained-glass windows are beautiful beyond words, they are not the reason this church makes the quirky date night list. Throughout the year, the St Thomas Choir of Men and Boys holds a concert series. The singers train at the only church-affiliated choir school in the United States and it is a rare, maybe outside your usual haunts, thrilling experience.

Austrian Cultural Forum NYC

New York City is famously one of the most diverse cities in the United States. There is Little Italy, Chinatown, Harlem, and more. So why not try a cultural immersion for date night and throw in a dash of fun education? Take an evening to visit one of the exhibits on Austrian art, literature, or music or attend one of the many events held throughout the year. Previous events include things like “Max Pollack: A Tap Dance Icon”, Austrian plays, or discussions of photography by famous Austrian photographer Lisl Steiner. A visit to the Austrian Cultural Forum is like taking a mini vacation to Austria itself. 

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