“I look out the window and I see the lights and the skyline and the people on the street rushing around looking for action, love, and the world’s greatest chocolate chip cookie, and my heart does a little dance.”
~ Nora Ephron,
There are so many wonderful romantic spots in this city, and while I’ve heard that dating in NYC can be a challenge, there are a multitude of fun ideas and opportunities to explore in the city with friends, crushes, first dates, or significant others.
Here are some on the top of my list:
Perks: Absolutely free, and the perfect way to cool off on a hot day.
Why I Go: For the sunset of the Hudson River and the view of the Brooklyn Skyline.
Find it: A. Pier 26 in the Tribeca Neighbourhood of Manhattan
Weekends from 9am-5pm, or on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 5pm-7:30pm
B. Pier 2 in Brooklyn
Saturdays from 10am-3pm or Thursdays from 5:30-6:45pm
Perks: While it’s becoming more widely known now, the rooftop of the Met remains one of the best places to see the city skyline without too big of a crowd.
Why I Go: For the view and a glass of rosé
Find it: Ask one of the museum employees which elevator brings you to the top floor. It’s a little bit hard to find, but from what I recall, the elevator is beside the modern art wing.
Perks: Offered 24/7, the 15-30 minute trip to Staten Island is absolutely free and offers some of the best views of Ellis Island and Downtown Manhattan.
Why I Go: For the second-floor balcony, the sunset view, and the breeze from the water
Find it: From the Whitehall Terminal on the 1 and R lines.
Perks: Free wine at launch parties and a glimpse at the modern art scene in NYC.
Why I Go: For one of the most romantic spots in all of NYC – the High Line is gorgeous, and especially magical at sunset, when the lights start to flicker on across the city.
Find it: The Chelsea Art District, running from E. 22nd to 27th St.
Perks: Lincoln Center is home to the New York Philharmonic, the NY City Ballet, and the Metropolitan Opera House. It’s a must-see – one of the most beautiful performing art spaces I’ve ever been in.
Why I Go: For the plaza with the gorgeous water fountain, for the reflecting pool and the tree-filled space outside of the Performing Arts Library.
Find it: The Vanguard Wine Bar is on Amsterdam Ave., just down the street from Lincoln Center
6. Visit Café Cluny for that One Night in NYC
Perks: It’s such a special place, cozy and warm. And it’s been the set of a few rom-coms, not that that’s a primary reason to go, but I’m just sayin’…
Why I Go: I didn’t get to go. 😦 But that’s why I’m letting you know, because now you can visit!
Find it: 284 West 12th St.
Perks: This quieter spot in Brooklyn is perfect for a twist on the dinner and a movie date. Each seat comes equipped with its own little table and dinner menu.
Why I Go: For the movie-inspired cocktails
Find it: 136 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
8. Cozy up in an Eclectic Bar & Restaurant in the Lower East Side
Perks: The Lower East Side has so many fun restaurants and cozy bars. The neighbourhood is young, vibrant, and just hipster enough to still feel welcoming and approachable.
Why I Go: For the Happy Hour, usually from 3-7pm, and then again from 11pm-close.
Find it: Go to I Coppi Di Matilda for a Mexican/Italian fusion inspired menu and delicious drinks. If you pick up one of their business cards located outside the restaurant, they will provide you with a free glass of prosecco!
Perks: These beautiful gardens are the perfect escape from the busy streets of Manhattan. Bring a picnic, a blanket, and a book, and sit in the orchard for an afternoon. Or head on over to Smorgasburg in Prospect Park for a collection of interesting and delicious eats.
Why I Go: For the Japanese Garden and the Fragrance Garden
Find it: Located in Prospect Park in Brooklyn
Perks: Take the elevator to the top floor at night, when it’s far less busy. I think NYC at night is especially magical, and what better way to see it all lit up than from the Empire State Building.
Why I Go: For the view and to relive Sleepless in Seattle.
Find it: 350 5th Ave., NY 10118
Perks: The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most beautiful and iconic sites in NYC. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy in the park in Brooklyn, and then walk back across the bridge at sunset.
Why I Go: For the view of the river and carousel in Dumbo
Find it: Take the 4, 5, 6 trains to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall Stop, or the J, Z trains to the Chambers St. stop.
Perks: The Cloisters, while a trek away, are absolutely worth it for a quiet and blissful space away from the stress of the city. The gardens and the monastery are gorgeous.
Why I Go: For the architecture and the view from the garden balconies
Find it: 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, NY 10040
Also check out these awesome guides courtesy of Cup of Jo:
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