September 20, 2010 7:37 pm at 7:37 pm #592408
Ideas, anyone, on where to go on a date?
(Metro New York area.)September 20, 2010 7:41 pm at 7:41 pm #722657
check out mikomos.comSeptember 20, 2010 8:39 pm at 8:39 pm #722658
Anywhere but a hotel lounge.September 20, 2010 9:12 pm at 9:12 pm #722659
Anywhere but a hotel lounge.
That’s easy (and cheap) enough for a girl to say… 😉September 20, 2010 9:22 pm at 9:22 pm #722660
I was just on Roosevelt Island. Its a perfect place for a daytime date if the weather is nice, and its really cool to see Manahttan from that angle. Similar to the path along the West side or Belt Parkway but much quieter. If you must stay in the city, the waterfront in lower manhattan (battery park) is also pretty quiet.
If you need directions to either location listed, let me know.September 20, 2010 9:25 pm at 9:25 pm #722661
Generally speaking I had better luck on dates where we walked around than on dates where we sat across from each other.
You’re spending a couple of hours talking to someone you barely know; if you are walking the scenery is changing which will give you more topics for conversation and “quiet moments” won’t be as awkward. On the other hand, if you are sitting across from each other you have to come up with topics and “quiet moments” can be really awkward.September 20, 2010 9:33 pm at 9:33 pm #722662
BP Totty: Directions would be great!September 20, 2010 9:37 pm at 9:37 pm #722663
I agree with sacrilege. I can’t stand hotel lobbies-they are extremely awkward-and dating itself is awkward so you don’t need to add to it. I like starbucks for a date-it has a very nice relaxed vibe and I feel very comfortable there. Walking around is also nice if its in a non-busy area.September 20, 2010 9:51 pm at 9:51 pm #722664
There’s a drawbridge from Queens, a tram from Manhattan and the F train stops there.
From around 1910 until the mid 50s there were elevators in the legs of the Queensboro (59th St.) Bridge to take passengers and cars from the bridge to the island.
When the drawbridge was opened the elevator service was discontinued.September 20, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm #722665
Doc Pepper is mostly right about Roosevelt Island, though the tram is out of service till Oct.
by car, its only accessible from Queens, about 5 blocks north of the 59th st brigde. The bridge you are looking for is right off the corner of Veron Blvd and 36th ave.
As soon as you cross over the bridge to Roosevelt Island, there is a public parking garage at the end of the ramp on your right (forget street parking, its almost impossible).
Once you exit the garage, head west to the side of the island that faces Mantahhan. From there, if you turn right (heading north) you’re about a 20-30 minute walk to the tip of the island where there’s an old lighthouse. You can continue clockwise around the island (its a complete loop) but the queens side is not as interesting.
P.S. Google Roosevelt Island, as there is some historic stuff that you can impress you date with.. just don’t tell her you got it from google! (or CR).
If you meant directions to Battery Park, please say so.September 21, 2010 1:16 pm at 1:16 pm #722666
“That’s easy (and cheap) enough for a girl to say… ;-)”
There are a lot of cheap places to go if you dont want to spend a lot on a first date (I kinda feel like a lounge is a bit of a lazy cop out, not to mention boooooring)
– South Street Sea Port
– Brooklyn Promenade
– Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
– Battery Park
– Brooklyn Bridge Park
– Central Park
– Governors Island
– Top Of The Roc
…. I think thats enough for now…September 21, 2010 1:31 pm at 1:31 pm #722667
“There are a lot of cheap places to go if you dont want to spend a lot on a first date (I kinda feel like a lounge is a bit of a lazy cop out, not to mention boooooring)”
Booooooring as you say, is all relevant to the person you are with.September 21, 2010 1:33 pm at 1:33 pm #722668
I agree about with the people who say “no hotel lounge”.
A friend once set me up with someone he know from out of town. The first problem was that we could not agree on any restaurant at which to meet because she didn’t understand why there wasn’t one kashrut Vaad in NYC and therefore didn’t trust anybody’s hechsherim. So we agreed to meet at a particular hotel lobby motzi Shabat. I allowed plenty of time to get there because I wasn’t sure about traffic and I didn’t like being late to dates — I thought it was disrespectful.
So I get to the hotel a half hour early — no traffic at all — and who is there but the annual dinner of the Palestinian American Solidarity Fund! And here I am wandering around in my kippah waiting for my date, who ended up being an hour late!!! After less than two minutes it was clear we were completely incompatible. What a waste.
Some more possibilities:
Museums! Try the Center for Jewish History on 16th Street in Manhattan. A neat little museum with interesting exhibits.
The Bronx Zoo! If you go during Chol HaMoed you will see tons of frum people. (Even on Yom Tov but it is a long walk to the Bronx if you don’t already live here.)
The Bronx Botanical Garden! For those who prefer plants to animals ;). The Zoo and Botanical Gardens in the Bronx are MUCH larger than the similar facilities in the other boroughs and well worth the train ride. There is a little kosher cafe on Lydig Avenue in Pelham Parkway near both that could use your business.
The Empire State Building! The view from the top is great and you will have lots of time to converse with each other while in line. And there are plenty of kosher eateries nearby.
Ellis Island! Most American Jews have ancestors who came through there; it is well worth a trip.September 21, 2010 1:40 pm at 1:40 pm #722669
“Booooooring as you say, is all relevant to the person you are with.”
Maybe thats why I’m still single, I’m just too exciting for myself 😉September 21, 2010 2:19 pm at 2:19 pm #722670
Beshah Toiva U’mesukah.
For both of us. 🙂September 21, 2010 2:24 pm at 2:24 pm #722671
AMEN 🙂September 21, 2010 3:50 pm at 3:50 pm #722672
Is Chelsea Piers appropriate for a date?September 21, 2010 4:41 pm at 4:41 pm #722673
For a bachur a “premier individual” level of membership with the Wildlife Conservation Society may not be a bad a bad idea. It gets you admission for 2 into all 5 of the zoos in NYC as well as the aquarium, free admission to the bronx zoo attractions (cable cars etc) and even 4 parking passes for use at either zoo or aquarium. Its good for a year. Hopefully you wont get stares from the people at the entrance if you show up every sunday with another girl. When the weather is nice, being outdoors is way better than sitting indoors and eating or shmoozing. Even in the winter, unless it is bitter cold, it is pretty enjoyable. membership at this level is $94 a year and if things work out with the girl you can upgrade to family membership for another $55.September 21, 2010 6:13 pm at 6:13 pm #722674
LOL apushatayid. Good last line!September 21, 2010 6:36 pm at 6:36 pm #722675
How about the good old fashioned way of a beshow? Boy and his parents go to the girl’s house. Boy and girl go off to the living room for an hour or so and talk. Parents discuss financial stuff. After an hour the girl’s father brings them back in. Maybe repeated one more night. Then you make a l’chaim. No stress of where to go.September 21, 2010 6:57 pm at 6:57 pm #722676
TheProf. I am a litvak through and through, dont know anyone whoever “bishowed” (is that a correct verb?) before. What happens if the parents cant agree on the “financial stuff” but the boy and girl want to “talk” again because it went very well? what if this happens several nights in a row? Am being curious, not critical.September 21, 2010 7:17 pm at 7:17 pm #722677
To those of you saying no hotel lounges; what about lounges like the View in the Marriott Marquis or some of the rooftop lounges in NYC, would those be ok, b/c there’s lots to see?September 21, 2010 7:18 pm at 7:18 pm #722678
Ben Torah –
Sure! its just an entertainment complex, they have imax, ice-skating, golf, and bowling (maybe some other stuff that I’m not remembering)
If youd do any of those activities than you can go there, there is nothing inappropriate to see.September 21, 2010 7:19 pm at 7:19 pm #722679
Generally if there isn’t a financial agreement the shadchan butts in. In practice though, most of the time the shadchan has already worked out tentative financial agreements and it all goes smooth. But yes, once in a while things don’t go smooth and the girl and boy do not get engaged. Rarely happens but can happen.September 21, 2010 7:26 pm at 7:26 pm #722680
Please don’t think that I’m trying to hoist the chasidish way on anybody. We have here a discussion of where to go so I added another alternative. Many yeshivish boys will only go to a hotel lobby. They won’t take a girl to a lounge or restaurant. One reason is pure economics, it’s cheaper. Not everybody becomes engaged after 2 dates, not every boy and girl are engaged the first time. So this can become quite expensive. We all have our cultures with different rules and traditions. Each sector of Klal Yisroel should do what the general community they are in does. Without criticising another sector. Many chasidim do go out on dates, although not 7-8 times. Many chasidim have perfectly arranged marriages. Hi son/daughter, you’re getting engaged tonight to “boy/girl”. Each sector seems to look askance at the other. No reason for this. Do whatever your social circle does.September 21, 2010 8:18 pm at 8:18 pm #722681
Oh my, don’t you all start with beshow argument again…September 21, 2010 9:01 pm at 9:01 pm #722682
Though there are few things I enjoy more than re-hashing old threads, Prof has this one pretty mouch nailed down. By the time prospective chosson and kallah sit down, the financials have pretty much been agreed upon. Maybe not to the nickel, but suffice to say, at that point, there will be few (if any)surprises.September 21, 2010 9:48 pm at 9:48 pm #722683
What’s the protocol? First date or two a lounge, next date or two a restaurant, then some some outdoor activities?September 21, 2010 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm #722684
Depends on how good a talker / listener you are. Can you carry off a 4 hour walk in the park and hold up your end of a conversation? Then outdoors is fine, but it needs to be daytime. Bear in mind you are coming up against Chol Hamoed, and the streets will be crawling with people you and she most likely know.
If a nighttime date is more practical, then a lounge / hotel lobby is fine, and can be kept to a 2-3 hour date (another hour or so will be eaten up by driving to and from).
Uh, one question. From you opening post, I took the conclusion that you are from out of town and are just looking for NYC destinations. From this last post, I get the feeling you are just starting the dating process. If so, let me ask the folloing: are you working or at least in college to put you on the path to a job that will help you meet the obligations you will agree to when you hand over the kesubah?September 22, 2010 3:27 am at 3:27 am #722685
“What’s the protocol? First date or two a lounge, next date or two a restaurant, then some some outdoor activities?”
Nothing is set in stone, its really whatever you want. I’ve done lounges, restaurants, outdoors for first dates it all depends on the guy…. 😉 g’luck!September 22, 2010 5:56 am at 5:56 am #722686
Does a girl get any input on where to go?September 22, 2010 6:10 am at 6:10 am #722687
Many chasidim have perfectly arranged marriages. Hi son/daughter, you’re getting engaged tonight to “boy/girl”.
Most Chassidim do not tell their child you’re getting engaged tonight. I’ve heard FEW such cases.September 22, 2010 4:52 pm at 4:52 pm #722688
“Does a girl get any input on where to go? “
Yes. She has a total veto. If you are uncomfortable in a hotel lobby, suggest a different place!September 22, 2010 4:59 pm at 4:59 pm #722689
“Does a girl get any input on where to go?”
Believe it or not SOME guys still actually call before a date! and they ask, “where would you like to go?” (novel idea huh?)
If not (and I have done this) when sitting in a lounge, I ask if he minds walking around outside, you always find cool things and end up wandering into stores along the way…December 29, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am #722690
I went out with my bashert 5 times before we got engaged. we alternated between 2 hotel lobbies. If you know that is where you will be going, and think you will run out of things to say, prepare a list beforehand of topics you would like to talk about! No, it won’t be taking away from being “yourself” or being “natural”. it’s called being prepared. When you are on a date, you are on the spot and under pressure. If you have a general list in your head of 10-20 topics you could bring up, you will be able to avoid most awkward pauses and have a pleasant conversation. Worked for me!
Also, by the third date, we wanted to get to know each other a bit better, so we brought along a deck of cards with questions (don’t remember the name of the game) – who is your role model, what is your fondest childhood memory, etc etc. We also took a look at a book describing different personality types (dont remember the name, its quite popular) and tried to explain which type best described us.
By the fourth date, the shadchan put pressure on my (not-yet) husband to take me out somewhere more interesting and suggested miniature golf. We were in the car set to drive there, when we discovered that we both were really not interested, so we went back to the hotel 🙂
The point is, if you are prepared with topics and questions, hotels are not evil, can even be a pleasant atmosphere. And don’t let the shadchan/best friend/parents pressure you into going somewhere more exciting – discuss it with your date!
oif simchos!December 29, 2010 6:05 pm at 6:05 pm #722691
You’re right. Lounges aren’t always bad. I just think things should be reversed. For example, the first few dates should be somewhere fun so you can warm up to each other in a relaxing way. Lounges should be for when things get serious – it’s a place you can talk uninterrupted. However, when you are first meeting the person it tends to be awkward.December 29, 2010 7:50 pm at 7:50 pm #722692
dunno, i partially disagree. i wouldnt want to be playing mini golf (or almost anything else) with a total stranger. its only fun if you make it fun, meaning, you are enjoying the company. if you have no clue who the person is, that is awkward.December 29, 2010 8:04 pm at 8:04 pm #722693
I’m having an anxiety attack thinking about being in a lounge for 5 dates…
Glad it worked out for you 🙂December 29, 2010 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm #722694
Perhaps not mini golf specifically but something other than sitting and staring at a person for 3 hours. Take a walk…do ANYTHING…but a lounge? Oy…
I was thinking the same 🙂December 30, 2010 12:24 am at 12:24 am #722695
Trying my bestMember
I agree with asdfgh. Lounges are the most suitable places for a date. And it serves the purpose of a date better.April 27, 2018 1:29 am at 1:29 am #1512541
Highline parkApril 27, 2018 4:33 pm at 4:33 pm #1512736
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And now there’s PegishaPlace. (I don’t think they list any board game cafes, though.)April 27, 2018 4:33 pm at 4:33 pm #1512744
Glad to see this thread come around again. I’m always on the lookout for new spots for dates.
The WolfApril 27, 2018 6:15 pm at 6:15 pm #1512760
Wolf, may you be zoche to find your zivug hagun b’karov, Amen! 😉April 29, 2018 12:55 am at 12:55 am #1512864
Wolf, may you be zoche to find your zivug hagun b’karov, Amen! 😉
Already found. Over thirty years ago.
The WolfApril 29, 2018 12:56 am at 12:56 am #1512866
“WolfishMusingsGlad-to see this thread come around again. I’m always on the lookout for new spots for dates.”
-youre welcomeMay 2, 2018 1:45 pm at 1:45 pm #1514930
Just went out recently and was gonna go there but it closes early still. Not sure when the schedule changes. Also, while i do really like going there on dates, ive found that there are usually untznius women there. Even if u aren’t makpid, it can be distracting and take away from ur interest in ur date.
Theres a starbucks my friend told me about by one of the entrances, real convenient to sit down in before or get a bottle of water.May 2, 2018 3:53 pm at 3:53 pm #1514990
Bronx Zoo….I hadn’t been back in many years and its a new place with all the old smelly buildings gone and new open exhibit areas. Plus, the big advantage is that if the date goes downhill fast, there will always be some cute animals doing some cute things to make your date smile and give both of you a needed laugh
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