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.

New York City skyline at Night form the top of the Empire State Building

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.

Sunset seen from the Brooklyn Bridge

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.

a couple doing ice-skating at Rockefeller Center

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.

Ice Cream in Serendipity 3 NYC

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.

Central Park New York

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.

Overview of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

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.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York City

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.

Peasant Restaurant in NYC

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.

The River Cafe: one of the best views in New York

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.


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