Romantic and unique places in NJ to take a date
So here's the situation, you meet someone you like and you think it could turn into something. You ask him or her out. They say yes. Now you have to come up with someplace to take them. Thank God you live in New Jersey.
The challenge of dating, especially with someone new, is finding something creative and imaginative that will not only impress the person but give them an idea of who you are and what you're about.
Some will just throw money at the situation and there are some really expensive places in New Jersey, but if you do that you could be setting a very expensive bar that you're not always going to reach. Better to do it on the cheap.
Fortunately, there are many places in New Jersey that are not only creative for a date but inexpensive.
Personally, I think comedy clubs are a great idea. You can find out a lot about where their head is at by what they laugh at. They're also guaranteed to have a great and memorable time. They may even pick up a joke or two. Even though it's the comedian that's making them laugh, you'll get the credit.
Here are some places in New Jersey that my new Jersey 101.5 listeners, as well as my Facebook following, recommend:
Batello in Jersey City... excellent view of the water and NY skyline...Extremely romantic...
Rutgers Gardens or Alternate Ending Beer Co.
Silverball Museum in Asbury Park
Grounds for Sculpture
I love hiking Mount Tammany
Avenue Pier Village
Amendment 21 for beer lovers or Poached Pear Bistro for celebratory dining, both in Point Pleasant.
Burnt Mills Cider for drinks
Burnt Mills Cider for drinks! It is great especially if you plan ahead and bring along your favorite snacks or take out food
The Bradford Rooftop is great in Bridgewater!
Beach Bee Meadery in Long Branch is my go-to place!! Love their ciders, the vibe of the place, and super close to the beach!!
Princeton any time of the year! BlueClaws or Thunder game in the spring and summer!
A picnic at the park located on Lover's Lane in Princeton!
Top Golf in Edison
Hiking at Round Valley, or Washington Rock State Park
Stumpy's Hatchet House in Green Brook
Van Gogh's Ear Café
Scotty's Pub & Comedy Cove for Dinner & Comedy Show
Asbury Ale House, PNC for a concert, and Fat Cactus Cantina in New Brunswick :)
Allaire State Park, especially around Christmas
Catch a Rising Star in Princeton
Tavern on the Lake
Monmouth Park Racetrack
Trev: Never understood why horse races don't get as much dating love as they should.
THIS! nerf gun wars [ Pups of War in East Brunswick]
Bruno's Bistro in Warren. This is my favorite spot to go for dinner, and the setting is super romantic. It is BYOB and just the food is amazing. But the service is outstanding, the owner Bruno has been greeting me for years, and ensures everything is satisfactory, and usually closes out your meal with Sambuca. They had expanded the restaurant into the space from the unit next to theirs. I haven't really been back since they expanded, I've mainly been taking out delivery and the food is still excellent!
YESTERcades in Somerville or Westfield NJ: Okay this one is soooo much fun! It is literally just an arcade packed with old school games and pinball, literally more than I can name, I did play NBA Jam though. They also had 15-20 pinball machines, a pool table, an air hockey table. They have like every gaming console and game, you just have to go up to the counter and ask for it. I played Pokémon stadium against my boyfriend on Nintendo 64 haha.
Gabriel's Fountain in Martinsville. The best ice cream, homemade in house! Also the inside setting is super romantic in my opinion. They also offer a full food menu, I have had a really good burger there.
Opinions expressed in the post above are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Steve Trevelise only. Follow him on Twitter @realstevetrev.
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