First dates — the sheer thought of them can make your palms sweat. That initial, awkward meeting between you and your crush can get heart rates up, as all the potential outcomes and scenarios play out in your mind.
With all these anxieties and fears to push aside and assuage, the last thing you want to be worrying about is where to take your Welcome Week honey. To truly impress your date, you’ll need to do better than the Starbucks on Washington Square Park. But do not fret, we here at WSN have you covered.
- Battery Park — New York, NY 10004
Arguably one of the most overlooked parks in Manhattan, Battery Park is a hidden gem locale to cultivate a budding romance. With scenic views of the water between the Financial District and Governors Island, Battery Park’s scenic environment is sure to impress. Along with spectacular views of the water are the gorgeous Battery Gardens and Battery Urban Farm, which boast some of the most incredible, curated wildlife that New York City has to offer.
- The Whitney Museum of American Art — 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014
Conveniently free for all NYU students, the Whitney Museum of American Art is a great first date spot that will show off your artistic and cultured side. With its eclectic and cutting edge art collection, a first date at the Whitney is a surefire way to get conversation flowing. Take a couple of hours to walk the halls and galleries, and if you play your cards right, you might get a cheeky kiss on the incredible rooftop overlooking the idyllic Meatpacking district.
- Veselka — 144 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
Nestled in the Ukrainian neighborhood of the East Village, Veselka is the ultimate restaurant to visit if you are looking for a first date full of pierogis, potato pancakes and passion. A popular hotspot for NYU students, you can treat your date to a piping hot plate of their iconic stuffed dumplings — either boiled or deep fried. With endless options from breakfast foods to more traditional Ukrainian dishes, this spot is open 24/7 — perfect for refueling after a romantic rendezvous.
With these three spots in mind and an amazing location secured, you cannot go wrong. As always with first dates, do not forget to be nice, be open and be yourself. After all — as always with Welcome Week love — who knows what will happen?
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