5 Quirky Date Night Destinations near Times Square, 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.

OMEscape Room at Times Square

Escape Rooms have become popular date night activities because it is outside the typical wheelhouse of date night ideas. At OMEscape, you’ll love solving the puzzles and challenges required to escape and have a chance to choose from several adventures. Try “The Penitentiary” and try to escape one of the most infamous military prisons in history or become a time traveler desperate to save your travel companions in “Room X”. 

Bowlmor Times Square

Looking to spend the night taking part in some friendly competition? Or maybe looking for a throwback with classic arcade games? Then head to Bowlmor Times Square. This venue with its bowling lanes of different themes, large arcade, and sports bar is built for partying and having a blast. If you’re tired of movie nights or dinner date nights, then this is the place. The entire venue has been beautifully designed, so much so that you’ll wonder, “What magical, playful world have we stepped into?”


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 take a spin through a lesser-known ethnic enclave for date night and throw in a lot of delicious food? There are plenty of places to buy Korean BBQ, colorful rice cakes for dessert, Korean groceries, books, tchotchkes, and more. The heart of Koreatown, on W 32nd St between Fifth and Sixth Avenue, has the ambiance of the city of Seoul itself. A visit to Koreatown is like taking a mini vacation to Korea.

Times Square Church

Concerts and music might be you and your dates thing (or not), but you’ve never experienced musical performances quite like the ones held at Times Square Church. The Church itself lives in an old 1930 movie palace, The Warner Hollywood Theatre. As such, its architecture and aesthetics are opulent but not in the traditional way you’d expect a church to be. The unique attraction here though is the Church’s Gospel Choir. Inside this theater-turned-church, the acoustics of gospel music soar like nothing you’ve heard before and make for an interesting date night experience.

Bryant Park

Bryant Park is the closest park to Times Square. It is also a beloved, historic New York City Park. Bryant Park is home to the NY Public Library’s main branch (a stunningly beautiful building worth visiting). It is known as New York’s Town Square and, as such, hosts a wide variety of events to participate in. Try your hand at juggling (or watch some masters), take a tai chi class, play ping pong, or take part in a Board Game Social. 

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