The Most Affordable Date Night City in New York

The most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day, is fast-approaching, and with this celebration of love on the horizon, we wanted to look at how much it really costs to go on a date in each city across New York, year-round. 

To find out exactly that, we reviewed Numbeo data, which collects the average cost of a meal, a bottle of wine, the starting price of a cab, and the cost of a three-mile cab trip.

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So, without further ado, which are New York’s most affordable (and expensive) cities to wine and dine your loved one or enjoy a first date?

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New York’s Most Affordable Date Night Cities

Comparing the cost of a meal out, bottle of wine to take home, and cab fares across each location, we can reveal New York’s five most affordable date night cities, whether you’re celebrating an anniversary or heading out on a romantic first date. 

1. New Rochelle

Taking the crown as New York’s most affordable Valentine’s city, we have New Rochelle, where you can expect to spend just over $70 on a romantic evening for two. Remarkably, you’ll only pay $40 for a meal out — 40% cheaper than the US average — though a bottle of wine to share will set you back $18.88. Finally, the cost of a three-mile cab will come to around $12.25. 

2. Watertown

Next up, Watertown is New York’s second-most affordable location, with a romantic Valentine’s evening estimated to cost around $75. Looking more closely at the data, expect to spend just $10 on a bottle of wine, a reasonable $52.50 on a meal for two, and $13 for a three-mile cab ride. 

3. Binghamton

With an estimated cost of just over $80 for a romantic evening out, Binghamton also ranks among the most affordable Valentine’s cities in New York. With a meal for two costing as little as $25 (with $50 the average), you can certainly eat out here on a budget. And when the average bottle of wine costs just $10, even better. The only downside here is that it costs over $20 to travel three miles by cab.

4. Syracuse

In fourth, Syracuse costs an average of $81.40 for a romantic evening for two, including a $55 meal out, $14 bottle of wine, and $12.40 cab fare. However, while the $2.80 cab starting price is only a single cent more expensive than in Buffalo, New York’s cheapest city for cabs, the cost of traveling three miles ($9.60) is more expensive than in New York City.

5. Plattsburgh

The final city to earn a place on our list of the cheapest New York Valentine’s locations; we have Plattsburgh, with the typical romantic evening out costing just $85.25. This is made up of a $65 meal for two — just short of the national average — $8 bottle of wine, and $12.25 cab ride home. 

New York’s Most Expensive Date Night Cities

We’ve picked out New York’s five most affordable date night cities, but how about the most expensive? We’ve identified the five priciest locations to wine and dine your significant other.

1. Brookhaven

Ranking as New York’s most expensive Valentine’s night out, we have the Long Island city of Brookhaven. And with the average couple spending almost $164 on food, drink, and cabs, it leads the way by quite some margin. 

Delving into the data, the typical restaurant meal here costs $140 — more than any other New York city and over twice the national average ($68). Meanwhile a bottle of wine will set you back $15, and a three-mile cab ride will work out around $8.79.

2. Southampton

In second, the average couple heading out for a romantic evening in Southampton will spend around $135. Remarkably, you’ll need to set aside $20 for a three-mile cab, while the typical meal for two in this popular Long Island city will cost $100, and a bottle of wine comes in at $15.

3. New York City

Perhaps unsurprisingly, New York City also earns a place among the most expensive cities for Valentine’s Day. In fact, going out with your better half will cost you an average of $131.50. However, with more affordable restaurant prices ($100) than Brookhaven and cheaper cabs than Southampton — costing just $13.50 for a three-mile trip in the Big Apple — NYC only ranks third. 

4. Brooklyn

Brooklyn ranks fourth among the most expensive New York cities for Valentine’s Day dining, with an estimated overall cost of $117.30 per couple. Breaking down the data, it costs on average $11.30 to catch a cab three miles through the NYC borough, and just over $100 for a meal out and bottle of wine to take home. 

5. Islip

Rounding out New York’s five most expensive Valentine’s cities, we have Islip, located on Long Island’s south shore. With the typical meal priced at $80 per couple, a bottle of wine coming to $18 — more than any other New York city besides New Rochelle — and cabs costing $13.50, expect to pay $111.50 for an evening out in Islip. 

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s interesting to see which New York locations offer the most affordable date nights, and how they all compare when it comes to the cost of a meal out, wine, and cabs. In the meantime, for even more insight from our team of experts and NY sportsbook promos, visit 


Sourced from Numbeo, all data is accurate as of January 2023, and represents the average cost of a restaurant meal out for two, a bottle of store-bought wine, cab starting costs, and a three-mile cab fare in each New York location. Costs in each city are subject to increase over Valentine’s Day.

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