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NYC's 4 Best Spring 2014 Date Ideas

The warm weather means it's the season for daytime activities or flirtatious nights around New York City. Whether you're with a spring fling or the love of your life, take your date to one of these restaurants, bars or fun activities to enjoy the season together. By Sarah Shaker.

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Head to one of the city's parks with a blanket in tow and leave the rest to Perfect Picnic, an LES food shop and picnic delivery service offering European-style artisanal picnics brought directly to you. Each picnic includes locally made goodies, like cured meats from Salumeria Biellese, sea salt caramels from Liddabit Sweets and Maggie's Round raw cow's milk cheese by Cricket Creek Farm. Delivery is available anywhere in NYC (prices vary by location) or you can pick up your picnics directly from the retail shop. Design-your-own and even proposal picnics are available upon request for the most romantic – and delicious – picnic you could have only imagined packing yourself.

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What's classier than sipping champagne and enjoying small bites with your date in a iconic New York City hotel? Spend your summer Fridays at Bubbles and Bites at Four Seasons Hotel New York in The Bar for an affordable way to cheers to the weekend.

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Enjoy brunch at one of the great local restaurants then head to Valentino Jr. Pier Park for a free double kayak ride with Red Hook Boaters, a volunteer organization. Paddle around the cove with your date to enjoy views of Lady Liberty before sipping on a drink at a nearby watering hole to continue your summer date cool down.

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This one's just for the girls: Make a date with your girlfriends to de-stress. Grab your gang and head to DBar at Donatella in Chelsea for grown-up girls' night with specialty cocktails, like the signature "Timeout Cocktail." The event takes place every Tuesday from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. and is hosted by the restaurant's celeb chef, Donatella Arpaia.

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Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.
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