9 Romantic Things To Do In NYC
By Dejan B.. Published on May 18, 2017
New York City is a perfect destination for a romantic weekend getaway. From amazing views of the Manhattan skyline to the beautiful candle-lit restaurants, the possibilities for a nice adventure with your date or your partner are endless. Here is a list of top 9 romantic things to do in New York City.
Enjoy Views of the City from the Empire State Building
Scenes from movies such as "An Affair to Remember" and "Sleepless in Seattle" were shot right here at the Empire State Building. Take a ride to the observatory deck on the 86th floor from where you and your date can enjoy spectacular views of New York City. You can also catch a live jazz performance every weekend after 10 p.m. on the observatory deck.
Take a Walk on the Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most recognizable symbols in the city and a perfect romantic spot for lovers. Several scenes from Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall” took place here. Movies such as “Hudson Hawk” and “On the Town” also used Brooklyn Bridge for a couple of scenes. If you are looking for romantic views of the bridge, go to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade or Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Go Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center
One of the most romantic traditions in winter is definitely going ice skating at Rockefeller Center. Keep in mind that that this place is usually overcrowded and you will probably need to wait in line before getting a chance to show your ice skating skills. If this place feels too touristy, head out to Bryant Park's Bank of America Winter Village that is less crowded.
Share a Dessert at Serendipity 3
Do you remember that movie Serendipity from 2001 with Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack? The two of them begin their romantic journey in the movie after sharing a dessert at this place. Serendipity 3 is a really popular joint, so expect to wait before they find you a free table. Their frozen hot chocolate is to die for and they also have a nice dinner menu. If you are by any chance super rich and want to share their creamy treat with 23-karat gold leaf called The Golden Opulence Sundae with your date, make sure to have $1,000 in your wallet, because this is how much money this dessert will cost you.
Go For a Long Walk in Central Park
One of the most romantic places in the city, Central Park is full of paths, fountains, and bridges. Visit the Central Park Zoo and make sure to check out the famous Belvedere Castle. The Bethesda Terrace and Fountain is a perfect spot to take pictures and there are many people throwing bridal parties here. If you get cold, head out to the Boathouse lakeside restaurant for a couple of drinks and some food. Carriage rides are also one of the popular activities in Central Park. You can book tickets online or just walk up to the carriage driver and ask when it is possible to go for a ride.
Visit the Rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Featuring many romantic paintings from Ancient Egypt to the modern times, the Metropolitan Museum of Art should definitely be included on your list of romantic places to visit while staying in New York City. After checking out all the pieces, head out to the roof which offers amazing views of Manhattan skyline and is one of the most romantic spots in the city. You can order cocktails at the Roof Garden Café and check out the gift shop where they sell puzzles, necklaces, scarves, and plenty of other things.
See Plants and Bonsai Trees in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Featuring over 50 acres of rose gardens and cherry blossoms, Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an idyllic place to visit for couples and for those on their first date. This amazing botanic garden is open all-year-round and houses over 10,000 plants from all over the world. Take a tour of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden and see the Cranford Rose Garden. There is the Terrace Café where you and your partner can unwind with a drink.
Have a Romantic Dinner at the Peasant Restaurant
With its cozy interior and waxed candles on tables, Peasant restaurant is a perfect place to go on a dinner date. This underground cellar focuses on Italian cuisine and everything you eat here is prepared in a wood-fired oven. Chef and owner, Frank De Carlo makes the best brick-oven-baked rabbit and his Lasagna di coniglio is delicious. Peasant also offers an extensive wine list and takes reservations online and via phone.
Go to the River Café for fabulous East River Views
When I think of romantic spots in NYC, the first place that comes to mind is the beautiful River Café that is located under the Brooklyn Bridge and offers amazing views of Manhattan lights and the East River. The service is attentive and they have a nice selection of cocktails available.
If you decide to eat dinner, River Café offers a classic New American menu and includes dishes such as niman ranch strip steak, sea scallop and pork belly, and wild shrimp. For dessert, I would recommend splitting a pistachio semifreddo or chocolate Brooklyn bridge.