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Dating trend report by city: New York

SheKnows has the inside scoop on some of the biggest dating trends in cities across the U.S. From what daters are eating to where they like to go and what they’re doing, we got some help analyzing the trends from some top-notch relationship experts. Next up: New York.

Couple on date in NYC

Dating trends revealed

The experience-driven dating site HowAboutWe analyzed more than 1,000,000 dates posted on their site to get a coast-to-coast look at how America’s singles date offline. We’re sharing the findings for some of our favorite cities, and this week, it’s all about dating in New York.

New York dater says: My friends and I always talk about how hard it can be to date in New York and how there’s a lot of competition among people our age to find a guy, but I think that pressure makes you a better dater and better at figuring out what you really want in a relationship. Meghan, 31

Most popular date food

  1. Frozen yogurt
  2. Tacos
  3. Ice cream
  4. Food trucks
  5. Pie

Single in NYC?

Single women of all ages say it is difficult to date in NYC and that while there are millions of people, it is also difficult to actually meet anyone, notes renowned relationships expert Susan Shapiro Barash. “Once they get past that hurdle, there are so many options for dating in NYC — from sports events to theater, to dance, museums.”

Most popular date spots

  1. High Line
  2. Central Park
  3. Metropolitan Museum of Art
  4. Brooklyn Brewery
  5. Brooklyn Bowl

What’s in a setting?

Make a note: The choice of setting also presents the opportunity to create long-lasting memories of your first experiences together.

Where your date takes you, whether it’s Brooklyn Bowl or Central Park, can make or break your date. “The setting of a date is important because it reveals quite a bit. It can be quite telling because it does one of two things: It can create a natural ambiance and energy for love to take place or it can stir emotions that may bring back memories of the past, both good and bad,” explains Kailen Rosenberg, relationship expert and love architect. “Ultimately, it will reveal a great deal about the personality and style of the person you are with based on how they respond to the environment.”

Top date activities

  1. Board games
  2. Dancing
  3. Bowling
  4. Biking
  5. Running
Why board games on top? They’re fun, says Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright, Astroglide’s sexual health and relationship ambassador. “They’re a great group activity, really showing different elements of a person’s personality and intellect,” she explains. “It’s also relaxing and allows people to focus on the game instead of each other, which can offer safety in not feeling so in the spotlight.”

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