New York City has set the backdrop for some of the most iconic love stories this century — from the fortuitous pair of Jonathan and Sara in Serendipity, to the doomed lover’s tale of Tony and Maria in West Side Story. Undoubtedly, this city has solidified itself as one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Not only does it have incredibly picturesque streets that are conducive for falling in love, but it also has an urban charm that helps you and your date feel right at home. With never-ending choices of restaurants, bars, galleries, and more, you won’t run out of things to do as a couple. Here are some of our favorite spots that showcase the best of the Big Apple’s romantic side.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
You might be surrounded by skyscrapers and concrete structures, but step inside Brooklyn Botanic Garden in the middle of the city and be transported into an unspoilt paradise. Because the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is nestled in the very heart of Prospect Park, you and your date will be able to enjoy some peace and quiet while overlooking 50 acres of beautiful cherry blossoms.
Movie dates aren’t particularly special, but Travel+ Leisure notes that Nitehawk Cinema takes it up a notch with its own distinctly Brooklyn spin on this ordinary activity. The cinema has luxuriously spacious and comfortable chairs that allow you and your date to kick back and let go of the day’s stress. While watching, you can also enjoy the cinema’s dine-in feature. No need to fuss over deciding where to eat, because they’ve got a fantastic in-house menu of tacos, burgers, and even a selection of delicious cocktails.
This is a great option for artsy couples or anyone who wants to immerse themselves in healthy creative energy. The Chelsea Market has rows and rows of shops filled with vinyl records, books, antiques, vintage clothes, and handmade art that will take you hours and hours to browse through. Every item you come across will undoubtedly give you something to talk about. They also have a terrific selection of food, like the crowd-favorite Lobster Place oysters.
The High Line
New York is known for its breathtaking city views and architecture. According to financial analyst James McGrath in an article on Yoreevo, properties are so hot on the market that the average apartment across the different New York boroughs now clocks in at a minimum of $1 million. This hefty price tag shows in the buildings’ unparalleled beauty, which you can marvel at while taking a romantic walk along the High Line. Here, you can feast your eyes on the magnificent urban landscape — from the Meatpacking District to the Hudson River and beyond.
Salon de Ning at The Peninsula
We previously highlighted here on Dirbit how visiting a rooftop bar is a non-negotiable New York City experience. The metropolis’ spectacular skyline and captivating views are simply wonderful while enjoying a glass of champagne. Unsurprisingly, the city is home to some of the best rooftop bars in the world. One great pick is the elegant Salon de Ning, which is designed to make you and your date feel like you have just been transported to the romantic era of 1930s Shanghai.
Tokyo Record Bar
If the thought of being 50 floors up in the air at a rooftop bar makes you feel queasy, maybe it’s better you look for a more laidback setting like the Tokyo Record Bar. It’s an izakaya and vinyl bar in one, so you know that you and your date will be enjoying great tunes for the entire night. No cheesy requests allowed, but feel free to take the opportunity to gauge your music taste compatibility with each other.