8 romantic things to do in New York

8 romantic things to do in New York

Create your very own New York moments with Emily Tredinnick's top romantic things to do in the Big Apple

1. Make a Grand gesture

Grand Central Tour _V1 Alex LopezThe Beaux Arts structure of Grand Central Terminal has witnessed thousands of heartfelt goodbyes and passionate reunions since 1913. Take the (free) Grand Tour to find out more; The Grand Central Partnership is out to educate natives and visitors on the idiosyncrasies of the terminal and its surrounding area every Friday.

Honeymoon highlights include the 'Whispering Gallery' (located downstairs by the Oyster Bar & Restaurant) where you can whisper sweet nothings to each other by standing on opposite corners of the walkway and speaking softly into the wall. And there's the enticingly nicknamed 'Kissing Room'…

Grand Central Terminal - 42nd St to 44th St, between Vanderbilt and Lexington Avenues

(photo Alex Lopez)

2. Meet me on the Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge Sue WatersFor a break from the city that never sleeps, take a walk along the iconic bridge that connects the "two worlds" of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The best time to visit is in the evening, when the glowing Manhattan skyline acts as a stunning backdrop for your romantic stroll. Bronze plaques dotted up and down the bridge will also add a touch of history as you walk beneath the stars.

Over on the Brooklyn side, head down to the promenade as you exit the bridge for an array of restaurant options. If you're stuck for choice, Grimaldi's pizzeria makes delicious pizzas in its wood-fire oven.

Grimaldi's - 1 Front Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (no credit cards, no reservations)

(photo Sue Waters)

3. Breakfast at Tiffany's

Tiffany & Co Michelle CarlTiffany's, the renowned flagship store of the iconic New York jewellers, is the ultimate stop-off to complete your romantic New York City getaway. Spread out over five floors on glamorous 5th Avenue, you'll be spoilt for choice deciding on the perfect gift to be wrapped up in one of those pristine turquoise boxes. Fortunately there's a personal shopping service available to help you choose.

Although can't actually have breakfast at Tiffany's itself, if you'd rather window-shop and recreate the famous movie with a pastry and coffee while admiring the display, Norma's (a couple of blocks away) does breakfast til 3pm.

Tiffany & Co. - 727 Fifth Ave; Norma's - 119 West 56th Street 

(photo Michelle Carl)

4. Pedicabs and picnics in the park

Central Park Mark HeardThere are plenty of way to explore New York's most famous park; a horse-drawn carriage is the stereotypical (and overpriced) option but if you'd still rather someone else do the leg work, a guided pedicab tour is the way to roll. Sit back and relax as your guide pedals you around all the best sites, including Strawberry Fields, The Literary Walk and The Sheep Meadow. 

Head to Grace's Marketplace afterwards (located near the east side park entrance, 5th Avenue, 72nd Street) to pick up a picnic from the large selection of breads, salads, cheeses and meats on offer. Walk back through the park along The Mall, and find your perfect spot to people-watch while tucking into your picnic spread.

58th Street and Broadway (in front of Argo Tea Cafe)

(photo Mark Heard)

5. There's no business like showbusiness...

Broadway Ryan HoardYou can't visit New York without going out on the town. Fortunately, the city has as many live entertainment options as it does skyscrapers! Whether your tastes run to a blockbuster musical on Broadway, a quirky play Off Broadway (or even Off-off Broadway!) or a ballet concert at the Lincoln Centre, you're not going to be short of performance options.

If you're more into music than glitz and glam, catch some incredible live jazz at The Blue Note, an intimate venue with a great atmosphere or the Carnegie Hall, which has dedicated shows covering a range of genres including orchestra and pop. Check Time Out: New York or the New York Times for the latest listings.

(photo Ryan Hoard)

6. Honeymoons in the 'hoods

Chelsea Adventure _special OperationsNew York's neighbourhoods are spilling over with culture and you can easily spend a day or two wandering the streets with the locals. Search the boutiques of quirky Astoria for vintage treasures, or if you're fans of contemporary art then head to Chelsea where the extensive selection of galleries will keep you busy for hours.

While you're there, pop over to the market, which is home to a delicious array of gourmet food. Try freshly steamed lobster at the Lobster Place or indulge your sweet tooth at Jacques Torres Chocolates. For a romantic end to your day, head to Plunge rooftop bar in the Meat Packing District and sip cocktails while you take in the 360 degree views of the city.

(photo specialoperations)

7. Love's a game

New York Knicks James TroshIf there's one thing New Yorkers get passionate about, it's their sports - and there's something for every season. If you're in the city during the fall, check out a Rangers (ice hockey) or a Knicks (basketball) game at Madison Square Gardens. If you're New York-bound in spring/summer, catch a baseball match at the New York Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

You'll do more yelling than snuggling at both of these venues, but if you do want to ramp up the romance you can request a message to be shown on the centerfield scoreboard screens - just make sure you book your romantic gesture in advance. 

(photo James Trosh)

8. End on a High Line

High Line Iwan Baan 2009Built on Manhattan's historic West Side, the High Line gardens have transformed a disused 1930's freight rail line into a gorgeous elevated park and walkway.

High Line runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street between 10th & 11th Avenues, and it's the perfect place for a skyline stroll, with excellent views over the Hudson River and quirky places to stop for a bite or a coffee along the way.

(photo Iwan Baan 2009)


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