Whether it’s the twinkling lights of the skyline or the ability to have all your senses captivated at once, it’s undeniable that New York City is enchantingly romantic. If you are planning a special occasion or just a weekend getaway for two, there are endless New York City hotels to stay and one-of-a-kind, romantic places in the city that doesn’t sleep. If the Big Apple isn’t your cup of tea, then enjoy these other romantic destinations perfect for a trip for two.
Sip martinis on top of a world-class museum
Practically every tourist (and resident) of New York City puts The Metropolitan Museum of Art on their must-see list, which is why it’s always a delightful surprise to find that the museum’s Roof Garden Bar remains slightly under the radar—and therefore usually not too crowded. Use the elevator in the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts galleries to reach the fifth floor entrance and you’ll be greeted by cocktails and unbeatable views of the Manhattan skyline and Central Park.
Bake your own New York pizza
No food says “NYC” like a slice of pizza. Learn to make your own in Pizza School NYC’s Hands-On Pizza Workshop. Work together to craft the perfect pie, and take your skills home with you for future fun (and delicious) nights in.
Brunch on a rooftop terrace
Once you enter Williamsburg’s Juliette, you’ll be transported from Brooklyn to Paris. The fresh French cuisine tastes amazing whether you dine on the open-air rooftop terrace or in the garden-like dining room, where you’ll be surrounded by greenery.
Take a picturesque stroll and ride
A jaunt on the tree-lined path of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade is a classic New York City date—and for good reason, with its breathtaking views of Manhattan. Walk north into Brooklyn Bridge Park, and continue on the waterfront paths until you get to the historic Jane’s Carousel, where you can take a spin for just $2.
Drink in a 20s-style speakeasy
Nothing says romance like a secret, and New York City is full of hidden bars and restaurants. If you didn’t know what you were looking for, it’d be easy to walk right past the entrance to Little Branch, a warm and moody basement cocktail bar that’s full of perfect-for-cuddling booths.
Search for stars from the High Line
Think the only stars you can see in the city are celebrities? Every Tuesday from April through October, the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York leads a free stargazing session on the High Line (an elevated park on the west side—in itself a romantic date), letting guests use their high-powered telescopes to view the stars, planets, and moon.
Get poetic on the Lower East Side
The talented poets who compete at the poetry slams at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe will tap into your every emotion. Line up early to make sure you get a seat, and drink in the good vibes—along with the cheap beers.
Do dinner and a movie—with a twist
For a modern take on the classic date, head to Nitehawk Cinema. This Brooklyn “cinema eatery” has seat-side food and beverage service with gourmet popcorn, inventive cocktails, and creative offerings themed to the movie being shown.