For people who don’t like to be embarrassed, dating can be an unpleasant activity, because a date involves small talk at high risk for turning awkward, and the ever present knowledge that your painful conversation is a prime target for voyeurs at neighboring tables. No matter how bad dating can be for these reasons, it’s not as bad as dating while unemployed. While the jobless single may wish to hibernate until they are gainfully employed, the only thing worse than being broke and single, is being broke, single and bored.
To spare yourself the embarrassment of having your credit card declined when you just can’t decline your sweet heart’s expensive lobster-based requests, try out these full day date ideas below. Just be prepared to shepherd them with blinders past anything not on the agenda.
Manhattan Parks and Letters Tourw
Meet your date at the Strand’s 48 cent bin. Browse through the piles of dirt cheap paperbacks, and if you’re in a good mood, stray toward the dollar bins. Nothing says generous like offering to buy your date a present. Pick up some Marxist literature and share the contents loudly with other Union Square patrons. When you’ve worked up a healthy non-working man’s appetite, stop by the local Whole Foods for some free sample action. Nothing is more romantic than free chocolate on free strawberries. Should free hummus on free organic wheat toasties not satisfy you completely, waltz down 14th street to the Crocodile Lounge, where a free personal size pizza accompanies every drink. If you’re feeling lithe after your carb overload, stroll down to St. Marks Place slowly and unwind with a pay-what-you-can class at Yoga to the People.
Bushwick/Burg Taco and T-Shirt Tour
Start your feast at the much acclaimed La Tortilleria Taqueria Tres Hermanos on Starr street. See how tortillas are made, then sample the fresh results at the accompanying taqueria. Let your stomach settle, by crossing the street to poke through the junk at Green Village Used Furniture and Clothing. Pick up some romantic records to listen to later. Take a stroll with your wares through Maria Hernandez Park. Strolls are free and parks increase hand-holding opportunities significantly. You will feel as though you have died and gone to Mexican heaven when you sample your next taco at the Buena Vista Deli on Knickerbocker and Flushing. You haven’t died though, so cross Flushing where a thrifting safari awaits you at Urban Jungle. Don’t get lost in the cheap finds forever. You’ve got one more taco to try. Take a load off in the comfy booths of Grand Morelos Diner & Bakery. Wash it down with a cold one, and if you’ve got room, have a slice of cake and eat it too.
Stay tuned for cheap skate dates in Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island….