Whether you have been married for twenty years or are a newly formed couple, a romantic weekend away can change everything. There are some adventures that make us want to fall in love and a weekend in New York City is such an adventure. Sharing a Cognac with your sweetheart in a historic, darkly-paneled New York City bar while gazing at Central Park will certainly inspire amorous thoughts.
New York City has been the setting for nearly ten thousand romantic movies. In fact, it is one of the most romantic cities in the world. There are a variety of romantic things to do in the city, including breathtaking scenic views, iconic tourist spots and incredibly romantic restaurants. The possibilities for romantic in New York City are almost endless. When you are looking to turn the heat up in your relationship, you need an itinerary that sizzles. To set the stage for love, this guide will help you plan the perfect romantic weekend in New York City.
Where to Stay
If you are looking for romance, you want to stay in a hotel that sets the scene. Here are some of the most romantic hotels in New York City.
Arguably one of New York City’s most romantic places to stay, the Library Hotel is just a block away from New York’s Bryant Park. There are only six rooms per floor. Each room is dedicated to the 10 classifications of the Dewey Decimal System. You can choose the erotic literature room or the love room. The rooms feature both traditional hotel amenities as well as romantic art and books. Deep wood furnishings add to the sexy ambiance.
The outside entryway of the Nomo Soho beckons lovers to come stay. With ivy that crawls up the entrance way and an overhead forest of greenery, the magic begins before you even step foot in this hotel. Once inside, you will find guest rooms that are reminiscent of an upscale Greek island. They are decked out in white and blue. The rooms are contemporary with crisp lines. The 10-feet floor-to-ceiling windows provide an excellent view of downtown. For couples that want to be pampered the Aire Ancient Baths are just down the street. They offer luxurious spa experiences for couples.
Night Theater District
No, this is not a theater district in New York City; rather it is an edgy hotel that sets the scene for romance. The Night Theater District hotel features sexy, monochromatic interiors, mood lighting and racy artwork. If you are looking for even more sexiness, check out the Kama Sutra books that are stashed in the nightstands.
What to Do
Here is a list of super romantic things to do in New York City. Use it to get started building your lover’s itinerary.
Empire State Building
The iconic Empire State Building is one of the city’s most romantic sites. In fact, it was the setting for one of the most romantic movie scenes ever in the 1993 movie Sleepless in Seattle. If you and your honey are not afraid of heights, check out the observatory deck located on the 86th floor, which gives you a sweeping 360-degree view of the Manhattan. The best time to visit is at sunset.
The Loeb Boathouse
The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park is a great place to spend a romantic afternoon. It is one of the most beautiful spots in New York City. You can rent row boats and enjoy the lake or just relax with a cocktail and enjoy the scenic view.
Brooklyn Heights Promenade
The scenic Brooklyn Heights Promenade is a wonderful place to take a romantic walk at sunset with your sweetie. It has been featured in numerous movies including Moonstruck and Annie Hall. Sunset is the perfect time to catch gorgeous views of the New York Harbor and the Manhattan skyline. Best of all, this attraction is free.
Where to Eat
New York City has no shortage of romantic eateries. Here are some of the most romantic spots to dine in the city.
This is perhaps one of the most romantic places to dine in the city. Offering remarkable views of the New York City skyline and nightly romantic piano music, the River Cafe will set the stage for love. The food is upscale. Only the freshest ingredients are used.
One If By Land, Two If By Sea
Located inside a historic Greenwich Village carriage house built in the 1700s, the One If By Land, Two If By Sea restaurant has been long recognized for its beautiful decor, romantic ambiance and classic menu. In fact, it is rumored that more people have announced their engagement here than any other restaurant in Manhattan. The brick fireplace, candlelit tables and private garden all make this restaurant the perfect spot for a romantic dinner for two.
Daniel Restaurant has been named one of the “10 Most Romantic Restaurants” by NewYork.com. Offering the latest French cuisine by acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud, this restaurant offers a seven-course tasting menu that features only the freshest ingredients. Striking neoclassical architecture combined with elegant modern furnishings give this eatery a refined feel. Relax in the sophisticated bar and lounge for before and after dinner drinks.
Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon
The quaint Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon is known as one of the most romantic spots in New York City. The Victorian style furnishings and architecture provide the salon with plenty of elegance and refinement. You start the night off with a five-course tea that includes of a variety of tea sandwiches, fresh-baked pastries and a huge selection of fine teas.
How to Get There
Traveling by private jet is the ultimate way to start off any romantic weekend. Private jets are no longer only for celebrity couples. Many private jet companies offer deep discounts on unused inventory. For the perfect romantic weekend, consider impressing your sweetheart and book a New York private jet charter.