5 Quirky Date Night Destinations in Carnegie Hill, 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.

Collina Italiana

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 out to the Italian Language and Cultural Center to attend one of their many classes. Perhaps you can begin to learn Italian for that trip to Rome or Tuscany that you and your date are always planning. 

Bird Watching on BirdHouse Row

In 2016, over 20 colorful, handcrafted bird houses began popping up on E 83rd Street. They were recently taken down by a vandal, but after an outpouring of upset from locals, the Block Association began a new project to replace them. You and your date can walk the Upper East Side neighborhood of New York and go bird-watching. Some birdhouses are elaborate castles, others quaint cottages, and others still are designed to look like RVs, but they are all colorful, quirky, and very unique.

Neue Galerie New York

Art and museums are everywhere you look in New York City which means you can always find something you’ve never seen before, or something you’ve never learned about before. The Neue Galerie is an oftentimes overlooked museum that features German and Austrian Art. The work is exquisite and unexpected. You should also make time to stop at Café Sabarsky, a gorgeous, authentic Viennese café in the middle of New York City. 

Find a New Hobby

Jan’s Hobby Shop is a mainstay in the neighborhood of Carnegie Hill and is a wonderful place to explore on a date. You’ll find model trains, paint kits, model ships and planes, puzzles, and more. You can pick your own projects/hobbies or have a little fun picking out something for the other to try. 

Society of Illustrators

A hidden gem of a museum. The Society of Illustrators focuses on exactly what its name suggests: great illustrators. These may be artworks from children’s books, comics, or advertisements, but they all show a beautiful history of American pop art and culture. You can explore the artwork or attend a Sketch Night with live models and plenty of food/drinks as well. Don’t forget to visit the 128 Bar & Bistro during your visit.

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