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Romantic Guide to New York City

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Sunset over the Hudson River, panoramic city views from the Top of the Rock and long strolls through Central Park - New York City really can be just as romantic as it's portrayed in the movies. However, as a vibrant, bustling city, memorable romantic outings can often benefit from a little forward planning. The following are a few ideas to get you in the mood, and help you to create truly special memories with that truly special someone.

Good for
  • Couples
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveller

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Central Park

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Parks, Scenic Walking Areas

Top of the Rock

Observation Decks & Towers, Lookouts

The River Cafe

Restaurants

Manhattan by Sail - Shearwater Classic Schooner

Boat Tours

The High Line

Scenic Walking Areas, Parks

Bemelman's Bar at The Carlyle

Bars & Clubs

The Metropolitan Opera

Operas, Performances

Brooklyn Heights Promenade

Historic Walking Areas

The Met Cloisters

Art Museums, Sacred & Religious Sites

Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant

Restaurants

Craig N's City Tips

  • Eating out can be very expensive - enjoy a light breakfast and lunch, so you can splurge on dinner.
  • Cabs are the best way to get around if you're dressed up to the nines and want to stay clean and dry - think of them as your personal yellow chariots.
  • On a budget? Picnics are always a romantic option. Stock up at supermarkets like Trader Joe or Wholefoods, then find a secluded spot in one of the city's many parks.
  • Central Park
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Parks, Scenic Walking Areas
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    Craig N Says:

    Is there anything more romantic than strolling through Central Park, arm in arm with the love of your life? Pass under beautiful bridges, explore winding paths and pause to make a wish at the spectacular Bethesda Fountain.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • A perfect fall afternoon is hard to beat, but any time in the late afternoon or early evening is a lovely time to visit the park.
    • Take an unforgettable bike ride around the 6-mile loop road and see the whole park in under an hour.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 1,138 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Something for everyone!! 13/12/2018
    • Fantastic Park! 13/12/2018
    • Central Park
    Address:
    59th to 110th Street
    Manhattan Borough, from Central Park West to 5th Avenue
    New York City, NY 10022
    Phone:
    (212) 310-6600
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 01:00
    Other:
  • Top of the Rock
    Observation Decks & Towers, Lookouts
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    Craig N Says:

    For one of the most breathtaking views of New York, soar up via the sky shuttle to the indoor and outdoor observations decks on the 67th, 69th and 70th floors. All three levels boast special perks like panoramic glass and gift shops, plus fun activities like the Beam Walk, Breezeway and Radiance Wall. There's no better way to experience the iconic NYC skyline together.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • There's no time limit to your visit, so head up early and save a spot on one of the outdoor decks to enjoy a glorious sunset.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 1,138 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best view and great time 13/12/2018
    • Amazing views of new York 13/12/2018
    • Top of the Rock
    Address:
    30 Rockfeller Plaza
    Enter on West 50th Street, between 5th & 6th Avenues
    New York City, NY 10111
    Phone:
    +1 212-698-2000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • The River Cafe
    Restaurants (American, European, International, Fusion)
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    Craig N Says:

    For a romantic dinner that's hard to beat, book a table for two at the prestigious River Cafe. Not only is the cuisine here first-rate - offering gourmet twists on classic recipes - but the spectacular views of Manhattan along the East River are just as wonderful.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The wine list here is excellent - linger long into the night over a bottle of your favourite vintage with your favourite someone.
    • Jackets are required dress code for men, so be sure to look sharp when you arrive for your special night on the town.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 3,894 restaurants in Brooklyn
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth a visit but wouldn’t rush back 11/12/2018
    • Should get a 6 or higher 11/12/2018
    • The River Cafe
    Address:
    1 Water St
    Brooklyn, NY 11201-1335
    Phone:
    +98 31 3629 3250
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    17:30 - 23:00
    Mon - Fri
    08:30 - 11:30
    Sat - Sun
    11:30 - 14:30
    Other:
  • Manhattan by Sail - Shearwater Classic Schooner
    Boat Tours
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    Craig N Says:

    Head out into the New York Harbor aboard a 1929 schooner - a vessel so historic it's been declared a local floating landmark. This 82-foot yacht is the ideal deck from which to enjoy sweeping vistas of the city and the iconic Statue of Liberty.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There's a bar on board, so you can toast New York with your favorite cocktail as the sun sets over the Hudson.
    • The daytime trips are fun, but book a sunset cruise for a more romantic water adventure.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 74 Boat Tours & Water Sports in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Shearwater Manhattan By Sail 08/11/2018
    • Great Visit; great crew!! 29/08/2018
    • Manhattan by Sail - Shearwater Classic Schooner
    Phone:
    +1 212-619-0907
    Other:
  • The High Line
    Scenic Walking Areas, Parks
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    Craig N Says:

    When the High Line is in full bloom, it's a lush urban oasis and an ideal way to take a romantic stroll through one of the city's trendiest neighborhoods. There are plenty of wonderful views to enjoy along the route, as well as public art, local foodie pit-stops, and a few surprising nooks in which to enjoy a break with your loved one.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Though the High Line is best in full bloom, it's an incredible place to explore at any time of year.
    • Leave enough time to check out the nearby art galleries or sit down for a meal at one of several top restaurants that lie close to the route.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 1,138 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Free and worth the time 13/12/2018
    • Great escape from the city 13/12/2018
    • The High Line
    Phone:
    +1 212-206-9922
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 19:00
    Other:
  • Bemelman's Bar at The Carlyle
    Bars & Clubs
    Craig N Says:

    There are many fantastic bars in the city, but there is only one Bemelman's. This bar perfectly captures the old-world vibe of New York, complete with tasty cocktails, a live pianist, and a gorgeous interior with wrap-around mural and gold-leaf ceiling, creating an unforgettably romantic mood.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Drinks aren't cheap, but they're expertly made and an experience like this is well worth it.
    • Make a toast to Ludwig Bemelmans, the famous artist who hand painted the stunning wrap-around mural.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 890 Nightlife in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Absolutely Magical 29/10/2018
    • Wake Up at Night Where the City Never Sleeps! 03/10/2018
    • Bemelman's Bar at The Carlyle
    Address:
    35 East 76th St.
    New York City, NY 10075
    Phone:
    +1 212-744-1600
    Other:
  • The Metropolitan Opera
    Operas, Performances
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    Craig N Says:

    For an elegant night on the town, don your best outfits and join the well-heeled crowd of New Yorkers for a world-class opera experience. The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center is world-renowned for its visually stunning shows and fabulously talented performers - a romantic treat not to be missed.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • The family circle section offers decent views for a much lower price than the orchestra level tickets.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 440 Concerts & Shows in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • La Traviata new production 09/12/2018
    • Loved the Met 04/12/2018
    • The Metropolitan Opera
    Address:
    West 62nd Street
    Lincoln Center
    New York City, NY 10023
    Phone:
    +1 212-799-3100
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 18:00
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 20:00
    Other:
  • Brooklyn Heights Promenade
    Historic Walking Areas
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    Craig N Says:

    Nestled in one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of New York, is the ultimate walkway for an evening stroll. Perched amongst handsome brownstones and townhouses, this public park offers stunning views of the Downtown skyline, Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Find a bench and while away the evening, taking in the stunning panorama.
    • With a new pedestrian bridge (opened in 2013) that connects the promenade to Brooklyn Bridge Park, it's easier than ever to enjoy this iconic view.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 205 things to do in Brooklyn
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unparalled views of lower Manhattan 11/12/2018
    • Best view of the city 11/12/2018
    • Brooklyn Heights Promenade
    Address:
    Remsen St to Orange St along the East River
    Brooklyn, NY
    Phone:
    +1 718-722-3214
    Other:
  • The Met Cloisters
    Art Museums, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Craig N Says:

    For something a little different, head way uptown to the medieval museum and gardens known as The Cloisters. An offshoot of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, here you'll experience the ultimate tranquility as you roam the hallways and galleries filled with treasures from the Middle Ages.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Nestled in the heart of Fort Tryon Park, half the fun is getting there, strolling through this beautiful green space.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 1,138 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth The Detour! 13/12/2018
    • Not to be missed -- a true gem! 12/12/2018
    • The Met Cloisters
    Address:
    99 Margaret Corbin Drive
    Fort Tryon Park
    New York City, NY 10040
    Phone:
    +1 212-923-3700
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:15
    Other:
  • Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant
    Restaurants (International, American)
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    Craig N Says:

    You may not find much peace and quiet here, but for the best shellfish in the city - served up in a grand space that dates back over 100 years - it's hard not to impress your special someone on a date at this Oyster Bar. This bustling legend has been a fixture at Grand Central Terminal since it opened, and it's incredibly fresh selection of fish makes it worthy of its reputation.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Grab a couple of seats at one of the many bars to up the fun factor or head to the back saloon for a more cozy experience.
    • The fresh selection of fish changes daily - take your pick and pair it with a famous martini.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,233 of 10,437 restaurants in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not so great 13/12/2018
    • Great oysters 11/12/2018
    • Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant
    Address:
    89 E 42nd St
    Lower Level, Grand Central Terminal
    New York City, NY 10017-5503
    Phone:
    +1 212-490-6650
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$100
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    06:30 - 20:00
    Sat
    07:30 - 19:00
    Other:
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