Helping Parents Make Better Decisions

Did you take a First Day of School photo? Enter it to win a Chrome Book!

How to Plan an at-Home Date Night During Social Distancing

How to Plan an at-Home Date Night During Social Distancing

Take advantage of discounted takeout from fancy restaurants and stream special performances so you and your spouse don't have to skip date night this week.

The COVID-19 outbreak has affected the day-to-day of all New Yorkers and parents are using most (if not all) of their time planning fun and engaging activities to keep their kids occupied and learning.  Its just as important for you and your spouse to take time to enjoy a special meal or activity just you two (Besides binge-watching Sharktank when the kids go to sleep!). Here are some at-home date night ideas to enjoy a special night from home if your anniversary plans fell through or if you're just in need of some quality mom and dad time.

Order Fancy (Discounted) Takeout

The Ribbon

Nothing says romance like American cuisine with French influences paired with an episode of Jeopardy. Order your favorites with $5 off all deliveries on The Ribbon website, GrubHub, Postmates, and Uber Eats as well as $10 off orders of $65 or more. If you're planning to celebrate something special, craft cocktails are $10 and beer and wine are 50% off.

Morton's The Steakhouse

Who says you can't enjoy a fancy steak dinner from the couch? All to-go orders are 10% off and select bottles of wine are 50% off with your purchase. 

Strip House 

Order your favorite Strip House meal or a prepared house specialty to grill and enjoy at home. All take out orders for delivery and curbside pickup are 10% off. Select wines are 50% off for curbside pickup.

Del Frisco's Grille and Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

In light of the crisis, Del Frisco's Grille in Rockefeller Plaza and Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse in Midtown East are both offering to go and curbside (where available) pickup. All to go orders are 10% off and bottles of wine are 50% off with a maximum of $400. 

Rosé Mansion

The Rosé Mansion is offering 6- and 12-packs of wine available for delivery in NYC and Westchester. Choose from sweet Rosé, dry Rosé, sparkling wines, and even a mystery box option. You can find the delivery schedule and all the details on the Rosé Mansion website. 100% of the money from this sale goes towards supporting its team members and reopening Rosé Mansion, when we it is allowed to do so. Most of these wines are also produced by small businesses, so you’ll be supporting them too. 

Stream NYC Talent

The Metropolitan Opera

If you and your spouse are Opera fans, you're in luck. Despite the cancelation of performances, The Met will be streaming free, on-demand performances available for 20 hours from 7:30pm until 3:30pm the following day.

Queens World Film Festival

Now being held as a virtual film festival, the Queens World Film Festival will be online through March 29. 


Calling all musical lovers: BroadwayHD, the theater-streaming service, is offering a seven-day free trial for you to enjoy classics like The King and I, The Sound of Music, Cats, ballets, and more. 

Stream Your Favorite Artist in "Concert" 

Lots of artists are joining Global Citizen's #TogetherAtHome series in offering performances over Instagram Live for us to enjoy from the comfort of our homes. Artists who have participated so far include Chris Martin, John Legend, Niall Horan, and Charlie Puth. You can view past performances and see updates about upcoming "concerts" on the Global Citizen's Instagram. Apart from Global Citizen's, you can stream  full-length concerts on Youtube and streaming services:

Concerts on Netflix

  • Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour 
  • Springsteen on Broadway
  • Beyonce Homecoming
  • Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids
  • Richard Pryor Live in Concert
  • Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé

Concerts on Youtube

Youtube is a great place to look for concert streams, in fact, Bruce Springsteen just shared Bruce Springsteen Live in Hyde Park, 2009 so his fans can enjoy the full length concert from home. NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert series shares a new performance every few days, with performances across all genres like Jimmy Eat World, Megan Thee Stallion, Carly Rae Jepsen, Leslie Odom Jr.Jonas Brothers, Sheryl Crow, and so much more.

Concerts on Amazon Prime

There are hundreds of concerts available to stream on Amazon Prime, some free some available to rent or buy. Simply search 'concert' on Amazon Prime video and pick your favorite classic, with everything from The Doors in 1968 and Queen in 1986 to the Lady Gaga Monster Ball Tour

Watch a Comedy Special

Lucky for us, tons of comedians are releasing comedy specials on Netflix. No matter your style, you are sure to find a comedian that can lift your spirits during this time. Some comedians with Netflix specials include:

  • John Mulaney
  • Trevor Noah
  • Dave Chappelle
  • Tom Segura
  • Joe Rogan
  • Bill Burr
  • Ronny Cheng
  • Ricky Gervais
  • Ken Jeong
  • Ali Wong
  • Chris Rock
  • Pete Davidson
  • Nikki Glaser
  • Ellen Degeneres
  • Seth Meyers

Hire Last-Minute Child Care

If you really want that special time just you two, consider hiring a babysitter or mother's helper to help with your child's bedtime routine while you get some much needed "us time." If your regular date-night sitter isn't available, launched an emergency babysitter board to help families who need last-minute child care during the coronavirus outbreak.

Want more content like this? Receive our Scoop packed with great ideas

Related Articles:

Melissa Wickes

Author: Melissa Wickes, a graduate of Binghamton University and the NYU Summer Publishing Institute, is the production editor for NYMetroParents. When she's not writing, she can be found playing the guitar or eating pasta. See More

Featured Listings:

Hex & Co

Hex & Co

New York , NY Kids love playing games. But what if you could design an educational program around them? That’s the impetus behind the After School Enrichment progra...

Wetherby–Pembridge School

Wetherby–Pembridge School

Wetherby-Pembridge is a British independent school for boys and girls ages 2-14 (Nursery 2- Grade 8) that holds sacred its core values of Respect, Res...