Love at First Bite: Scrumptious NYC Date Ideas
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we want to give the word “sweetheart” a whole new meaning. If a list of NYC date ideas that are perfect for dessert-lovers and chocoholics is what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place -- because nothing helps a romantic evening out like a good boost of serotonin. And if you find out your date doesn’t like sweets, then we’ve probably done you a favor anyway. What kind of monster can’t enjoy some chocolate?

Organic chocolate bliss.

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It’s no secret that love and chocolate go hand-in-hand. On this mouthwatering tour, you and your romantic companion will get to taste virgin cacao from different regions and compare how flavors differ across the world. Visiting a chocolate factory will give you a new appreciation for what goes into a neatly packaged chocolate bar. And this gives you the chance to experience your own Lady and the Tramp moment without the risk of a spaghetti sauce stain.

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A sweet stroll.

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Unorthodox first dates can be a gamble. Rock-climbing with an acrophobe = big mistake. But who can know a person’s likes and dislikes this early in the game? With stops for cupcakes, cookies, and gelato, this dessert walking tour has enough options to satisfy anyone. You’ll get to know Greenwich Village and visit some of the best bakeries in Lower Manhattan along the way. Plus, if there’s an awkward lull in the conversation, you can shove that cupcake in your mouth until you think of something witty to say.

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gelato-making

Scoop, there it is!

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Gelato is the most toothsome food around -- it’s dessert AND Italian food! This creative date idea will have you and your date learning how to make gelato side-by-side. When you’re done, you can take your work (and, if all goes well, perhaps your date) home with you. Try this one on for size come date night: “Hai dato un senso alla mia vita.” Who CARES what it means ... Italian sounds romantic even if you don’t understand it.

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Heavenly bites in unlikely places.

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Why does it feel so good to be so bad? Indulge in the sweet, sweet sins of Hell’s Kitchen during this sugar-filled walking tour. You’ll get to know both your date and the city a little better throughout this two-hour, ambrosial amble through the famous New York neighborhood. Your tour guide will also provide background on the rise of Hell’s Kitchen, in case you’ve got a sweet tooth for history too. From handcrafted chocolates to traditional American pies, there’s sure to be enough to please the both of you. And if it doesn’t end up being happily ever after for you and your date, at least you’ll be burning some of those calories off as you walk.

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Truffle your feathers.

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There are a ton of different kinds of truffles: Cognac, Raspberry, Madagascar Vanilla Chocolate, Rum-Raisin, vegan, you name it. But there is one kind of truffle you’re sure to never find: a bad one. You and your date can pair up to learn the very best recipes for making fabulous truffles during this class, learning the never-fail technique for making truffle centers and how to temper chocolate to finish the outsides. Enjoy a creative night with your date and learn a new skill -- it’s a win-win. Oh, and you get to eat a whole bunch of truffles. So let’s call it a win-win-win.

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Color me cupcake.

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Out of all these luscious activities, this one might take the (cup)cake. You’ll learn both classic and inventive cupcake recipes in this class that you can also recreate at home. It’s a great idea for date night -- but, no matter how much you like the class, we advise you not to start using the pet name “cupcake.” Maybe you swore you were never going back to school, but we can assure you that the Institute of Culinary Education isn’t anything like your high school home-ec class. Well, except that we hope that you have same the butterflies for your date that you had for that girl who sat next to you back in the day.

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