5 Quirky Date Night Destinations in Queens, NYC

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.

The Queens Night Market

Forget your traditional daytime, local market and step out into the open-air of Queens for a special treat. On Saturdays from 6 p.m to midnight, the Queens Night Market in Flushing Meadows Corona Park is the place to be. There are more than 100 vendors in lighted booths selling food from every culture in the world as well as handmade art and crafts. New York City is famously called the city that never sleeps, and at the Queens Night Market, the vibrant, night-life of New York is alive and well. 

The Keep

The Keep is a bar/lounge that is constantly changing its identity and style. The Keep is – all at once – a salon, an antique store, a cocktail bar, jazz club, and home to psychic readings. You’ll never know what to expect when you walk through the doors; quirky doesn’t even begin to justly describe The Keep. 

Fun Time Pottery

Take a break from your dinner and movie dates to try something crafty and creative. At Fun Time Pottery you can paint your own pottery and take as long as you like doing so. Try a mug or an adorable figurine. Spend the afternoon/evening painting and talking. A visit to Fun Time Pottery can be especially great near the Holidays. You and your significant other can paint holiday-themed figurines or gifts for the family. 

Queens Archery

Looking to try something completely new for your night out? Why not try some archery? There are more than 20 ranges available at Queens Archery, a pro shop as well as rentals and lessons available. You and your date can choose to shoot arrows casually or sign-up for a lesson and channel your inner Robin Hood. This date night is both fun and tension-relieving, a great combo at the end of a difficult week.

Museum of the Moving Image

For movie and television buffs, this young museum in Astoria, Queens, is a wonderland. Rather than a movie night together, head to one of the exhibits at the Museum of the Moving Image. The Core Exhibition takes guests “behind the screen”, immersing them in the movie and television-making process. There are also wonderful collections of rare artwork, puppetry, and film/television footage. You can put your movie/television knowledge to the test while learning more about the magic of the moving image. 

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