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Romantic New York

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Romantic New York
Although it’s hectic and huge, New York offers quieter corners for you to cozy up with your partner—whether it’s sipping a cocktail on a rooftop bar, strolling through secret gardens, dining by candlelight, or holding hands on an ice rink in winter.
By Megan Eileen McDonough, AFAR Local Expert
Photo by Lindsay Davis
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    Romantic City Views
    Romantic City Views
    A walk across the Brooklyn Bridge is an unforgettable experience if you have the time and the weather is good, but there are plenty of faster and less strenuous options too. Spend a few hours at the Met and finish with a cocktail or coffee at the museum's Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar. You'll look out over Central Park and the Manhattan skyline as well as being able to admire the works of sculpture on display. The Brooklyn Heights Promenade has stunning views of the harbor, the Statue of Liberty, and Lower Manhattan. Many hotels have rooftop bars with a view; attire is usually dressy-casual and you can take advantage of the fact that you are on vacation to claim a table or some seats at the bar before the after-work crowd arrives.
    Photo by Lindsay Davis
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    Kiss the Day Goodbye with a Perfect Sunset
    Kiss the Day Goodbye with a Perfect Sunset
    High-rise buildings are stunning to look at but they do block out the sun, which means you might want to leave the borough of Manhattan for the best views. The Brooklyn neighborhoods of DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights are both a short subway ride from the Financial District and have wonderful spots (in Brooklyn Bridge Park or on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade) for watching the sun set. Grab some food from the local deli and make a picnic out of it. The view of Manhattan from Governors Island will make you feel like you're starring in a romantic movie of your own. If you're debating whether or not to visit the Bronx during your stay, the gardens at Wave Hill should tip the balance: You can see the sun setting over the Palisades. From Manhattan, try settling in anywhere along the Hudson River Park, which runs from 59th Street down to Battery Place.
    Photo by Kirsten Alana
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    Cozy Up with a Cocktail
    Cozy Up with a Cocktail
    Patrons can step back in time with a visit to the colonial-inspired Pegu Club on Houston Street. The bartenders recreate classic cocktails paired with a menu of small bites. The King Cole Bar at the St. Regis New York hotel on Fifth Avenue offers a taste of old-school elegance. Its bartenders have been pouring cocktails—including its signature Bloody Mary—since the end of Prohibition. Out in Brooklyn, the rooftop Ides Bar at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg has sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. Finally, Death & Company in the East Village has been one of the city's leading cocktail bars for over a decade. Its bartenders in vests and ties continue to make an evening of drinks a spirited and stylish affair.
    Photo by Charissa Fay
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    Candlelit Dinners
    Candlelit Dinners
    Even for the seasoned New Yorker, the city can feel overwhelming by the end of the day. Take things down a notch with an intimate dinner at one New York’s most romantic restaurants. If your budget is generous, try to get a table at Eleven Madison Park, which was recently named the number one restaurant in the world (by the British magazine Restaurant). Another Michelin-starred restuarant, Le Bernardin, is the city's top fish-focused restaurant while Gramercy Tavern is an especially romantic and cozy choice on a cold winter day. Carnivores may want to venture to the outer boroughs—Peter Luger in Brooklyn is a classic steakhouse while M. Wells, in Queens, takes the genre in surprising new directions, lead by its Quebecois chef.
    Photo by Kristen Fortier
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    Photobomb New York with Love
    Photobomb New York with Love
    Romantic selfies are a fun way to remember your trip with your loved one. If you’ve ever wanted to be king and queen of your own castle, you can snap a selfie at Belvedere Castle in Central Park and you will definitely look the part. Street art fanatics will find inspiration throughout the city, and especially in downtown neighborhoods—some of which can be seen from the High Line. Walk along Houston and when you hit Bowery you’ll know exactly the right place to strike a pose. This is an outdoor exhibition space and the mural changes regularly, which means you might not see that particular piece again so capture the moment when you are there.
    Photo by Charissa Fay
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    The Fragrant Gardens of Romance
    The Fragrant Gardens of Romance
    The 250-acre New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx is hardly a secret but it isn't nearly as crowded as some green spaces in Manhattan as it's a bit of a journey and because it charges admission. While Central Park is often busy and buzzing with bicyclists and joggers, it also has some quiet corners like the Conservatory Gardens near Fifth Avenue and 105th Street. Given New York City's Dutch roots, it's perhaps fitting that it's a firm based in Rotterdam, West 8, that has been entrusted with transforming Governors Island from a Coast Guard station to a landscaped park in the middle of New York Harbor. Other green oases in the city can be found in Brooklyn (the 52-acre Brooklyn Botanic Garden), Midtown (the cozy Paley Park), and even indoors (the Ford Foundation on 42nd Street with its atrium, which is open to the public on weekdays, filled with tropical plants).
    Photo by Joanna P.
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    Fall In Love with Winter in New York
    Fall In Love with Winter in New York
    One of the most quintessentially romantic New York activities is the Central Park carriage ride though even simply walking along its paths following a snow storm can be an unforgettable experience. Winter in New York is not for the faint of heart—December through March can sometimes be bitterly cold—but the city takes on a different kind of magic. The department stores and boutiques along Fifth Avenue become festive with seasonal decorations and window displays in December. You can also get in the holiday spirit, and embrace the opportunity to bundle up and hold hands, by going ice skating. Bryant Park and Rockefeller Center are the two most popular rinks for tourists, but the Wollman Rink at Central Park has better views. After an hour or so on the ice you can warm up with a cup of hot chocolate as you walk back to the street.
    Photo by Frank Binder/age fotostock
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