Posted Feb 20, 2015

Most Romantic Destinations in New York

In a city as bustling and fast-paced as New York, it might seem like slowing down and spending time with a significant other at romantic destinations is nearly impossible. However, look under the surface, and you will find that NYC is definitely not lacking in the romance department.

Most Romantic Destinations in New York

Hole-in-the-wall spots as well as major landmarks throughout the five boroughs cater to couples of all stripes– you just gotta know where to look.

NYC was one of the first vacations I ever took with my husband, and I can tell you, it was hands-down one of the most romantic getaways we ever had together. There’s literally something for every couple here, from culture-lovers to foodies to sports fans. Here are some of the best romantic destinations in the Big Apple:

Lincoln Center

The buzzing neon and streets packed with theater fans in Times Square have their charm, but for a quiet, romantic evening, Lincoln Center is your best bet for live performances.

Most Romantic Destinations in New York - Lincoln Center

Be sure to buy your tickets for an evening show, because when illuminated at night, Lincoln Center is a true sight to behold. Both the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Ballet perform here, and I think either is perfect for an unforgettable date night.

The High Line

Somewhat new to Gotham is the High Line, a dreamy location to take your crush to. The High Line was once a train line that ran from 34th Street to St. John’s Park Terminal from the 1930s to the ’80s, but fell into disrepair.

Most Romantic Destinations in New York- The Highline

During the 21st century, however, it has since been converted into an above-ground park, complete with tours, a restaurant and public art. Take a walk, grab a glass of lemonade and enjoy a wonderful conversation with that special someone without the distractions of the infamous NYC traffic below.

Empire State Building

If you’re like me, you’re a huge fan of the ’90s romantic comedy “Sleepless in Seattle“, which is centered around two lovers meeting atop the Empire State Building. The magic of Hollywood aside, this NYC landmark is truly an icon and wonderfully romantic place to visit– that is, if you and your S.O. aren’t afraid of heights!

Most Romantic Destinations in New York - Empire State Building

True daredevils will love the 86th floor observatory, which overlooks all five boroughs, and then some. Bundle up and be prepared for one of the most spectacular city views you have ever seen– the glimmering lights below are certainly worthy of a snapshot or social media post starring you two.

Rockefeller Center

You’ve seen it hundreds of times on TV, especially during the holidays when the famous (and enormous) Christmas tree is lit up. However, Rockefeller Center is a great place for a date during the winter in general, especially when you both are hand-in-hand whisking around the outdoor skating rink.

Most Romantic Destinations in New York - Rockefeller Center

After you’ve taken a spin or two, grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and take in the sights of nearby Radio City Music Hall.

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Flowers and romance are practically made for each other– but let’s face it, NYC is mostly a concrete-and-steel jungle where it’s tough to find blooms in their natural habitat.

Most Romantic Destinations in New York - Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Look no further than the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, an enchanting hotspot for a romantic afternoon stroll with that special someone. Try to visit in April, when flowers are in full bloom – the cherry blossoms are a particular favorite!

River Cafe

There are a lot of restaurants that offer breathtaking views of the skyline in NYC, but none really compare to the River Cafe. Located in Brooklyn, the eatery has been attracting couples for decades thanks to the decadent dishes and unobstructed views of Manhattan from the windows.

Most Romantic Destinations in New York - River Cafe

When it comes to fancy eats, this place can really wow that special someone– from fois gras to lobster to black sea bass, River Cafe has it all, no matter what you’re craving.

Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is arguably one of the best places to take in the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. History buffs will also appreciate the tales  of the bridge’s construction– the story is told in installations as you walk across.

Most Romantic Destinations in New York - Brooklyn Bridge

The vintage feel and old design of this engineering feat will take you right back to the New York of old, a fitting respite for two lovers. At night, with the glittering skyline ahead of you and the East River beneath your feet, there’s probably not a better place in the city to steal a kiss.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

There are hundreds of museums in New York, but the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a true NYC relic that can’t be missed. When you walk in, the sheer size and grandeur of the place might overwhelm you both.

Most Romantic Destinations in New York - Metropolitan Museum of Art

Numerous priceless works are hung here, including Greek and Roman statues and Renaissance paintings. There is even a rooftop bar here with rotating sculpture installations during the summer. Head upstairs during sunset, grab a martini and let the romance roll in as New York City lights up below.

Central Park

If you only have time for one romantic outing, it’s gotta be a stroll through Central Park, quite literally the heart of Manhattan and the ideal hotspot for lovers of all ages, no matter the season. Not only is this probably the most romantic place in NYC, but it’s also probably one of the best date spots in the world, seriously.

Most Romantic Destinations in New York - Central Park

Even if you’re on a budget and can’t splurge on all those little extras during your vacation, a walk through here is sure to melt his or her heart. Start by hopping in a carriage ride– carriages are usually parked right by the world-famous Plaza Hotel.

Here you can hop in and enjoy a friendly tour of the park, which is dripping with elegance and one-of-a-kind NYC history. Another romantic destination in Central Park is the classic Loeb Boathouse that overlooks a lake. Relax and enjoy a cocktail by the water or soak up the afternoon in a paddle boat.

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Rachel LaCroix


Rachel LaCroix is from the Music City, but she now calls the Windy City home. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys writing, reading, seeing local bands, frequenting Chicago eateries, playing with her adorable schnauzer and, most of all, traveling. She's seen Costa Rica to Copenhagen and loves it all!

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