If you wish to impress that special someone, there is no better place for a romantic weekend getaway than New York City. Whether you are after candle-lit restaurants that create a perfect setting for a romantic date or secluded spots that offer spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline, there is no shortage of date ideas in NYC.
Go for 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 after romantic views of the bridge, head out to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade or the Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Visit the Rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Featuring a number of 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 of the pieces, head out to the rooftop which offers amazing views of Manhattan skyline and is one of the best date ideas in NYC. You can order cocktails at the Roof Garden Café and check out the gift shop where they sell puzzles, necklaces, and scarves.
Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center
One of the most romantic winter traditions is going ice skating at the 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.
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.
Admire 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 we think of best date ideas 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.