Romance in New York City

Romantic Activities, Tours and Events

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Cruises: At Sunset and/or with Dinner and Live Music
Restaurants: The most romantic ones with a view
Tours: Walking Tours
Movie Sets: Discover the most famous Romantic Movie Sets
What to visit: Empire - Top of the Rock - ONE Observatory - Brooklyn Bridge - Central Park
Museums and Gardens: Botanical Garden - MoMa - Met & The Cloisters

There are many romantic movies that have been shot in New York City and this is because New York is truly a romantic city in every season offering a great variety of sceneries from the skyscrapers to the many gardens, from the top of the Empire State Building to sailing trips around the Bay and more.

In the city that never sleeps, where everyone is busy and rushing almost all the time, it seems difficult to find the romantic side ... but New York is indeed romantic! For its gardens and parks with ponds and tree-lined paths, for its famous skyscrapers like the Empire and the Chrysler, for the bridges with the most beloved one of Brooklyn, for all the benches along the Hudson River and the East River and for many other reasons. NYC is romantic in Winter when it lights up for the Christmas season and it whitens out from the snow and the vapor coming out of the chimneys and manholes along the streets. In Spring, when the flowers and trees in full bloom (especially the Cherry trees, ) and in the Fall when the foliage colors the parks in shades of orange, yellow, red, brown and green! In the summer when everything becomes bubbly ...

How to Experience the Romantic New York with Sailboat Rides and Yacht Cruises

If you are in New York to celebrate an engagement, a honeymoon, a romantic gateway with your loved one, or perhaps because you simply love the Big Apple, there are many tours you can do to enjoy the romantic-side of New York City:

Sailboat Sunset Cruise
Perfect in the Spring, Summer, and Fall, you will sail by the Bay close to the Statue of Liberty, under the Brooklyn Bridge and see all major attractions. Plus, what could be more romantic than a sunset sailing trip sipping on a glass of Champagne? 

Dinner Cruise in the Bay
For a romantic dinner paired with music and the possibility of dancing under the stars (Summer) or indoor under the disco ball sheltered from the cold (Winter) while enjoying dinner and the views of the illuminated Manhattan Skyline, the new ONE Tower, the classic Empire & Chrysler buildings, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and more.

The Most "Romantic Manhattan" Seen From Above

Climb to the top of the Empire State Building or the Top of the Rock
Choose one of the panoramic Observatories to admire the Big Apple under your feet. Now, New York has three observatories with the latest addition in 2015 of the ONE WORLD, and soon we will have 4 with the new The Edge, Hudson Yards opening March 2020. The view is breathtaking any time of the day and night -- in the morning, at sunset or in the evening. There is a new PASS in New York that offers admission to 90 attractions and Museums, it's the New York Sightseeing Pass where, in addition to the Observatories, it offers a visit to the New York Botanical Garden, the Ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island where you will be able to trace your origins, the Hop on Hop off buses and so much more ...

Gift Yourself a Helicopter Tour
Fly over Manhattan starting from Battery Park over the Bay, the Statue of Liberty and go up the Hudson River admiring all the major monuments. Videos and photos will remind you of this special moment.

Romantic Restaurants in New York

The River Café - official website
Romantic and exclusive this restaurant offers one of the best cuisines in New York, a breathtaking view of Manhattan under the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty. It is located right under the Brooklyn Bridge in a barge and is accessed through a small but wonderful and always decorated garden. The large windows inside offer the best view of the city. In the evening appropriate attire is required (for man a jacket) while it becomes more informal during lunch. American cuisine, very expensive. $$$$ 1 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Rainbow Room - official website
The opening of the Rainbow Room was officially announced in 1934. Over the years it has made the history of the most mundane evenings in New York and beyond. The last time it closed was back in 2009, and it later reopened in 2014 after a full renovation and its original splendor is still intact. In 2015, it opened on the 65th floor, adjacent to the Rainbow Room, the tallest outdoor Bar in New York City, offering bistro dishes and cocktails all framed by breathtaking views. Dinner is prohibitively expensive ... brunch starts at $125 ..... $$$$$$

The View - official website
It is known as the revolving rooftop restaurant in New York, with breathtaking views of 360-degree skyscrapers guaranteeing an ever-changing view of this incredible city. It offers American and international cuisine. $$$ 

Petrossian - official website
Located within the historic Alwyn Court Palace on the West Side of Manhattan, one block from Carnegie Hall and four blocks from Lincoln Center. Owned by the Petrossians, it serves a contemporary menu of French influence characterized by caviar, smoked fish, and foie gras delicacies for which Petrossian is known throughout the world. 182 West 58th Street. $$$$

Per Se - official website
Arrive at Columbus Circle and go up to the fourth floor of the Time Warner Building to find this exclusive restaurant with splendid views over Central Park. It offers French and American cuisine. High Prices $$$$

Lightship Frying Pan - official website
Romantic is not synonymous with expensive! This is one of those romantic places where you can enjoy priceless views of the Hudson River and the Bay while eating a great Lobster roll, a tasty Burger with fries or a salad as you watch the sunset, possibly sitting on the upper terrace. Pier 66 in Hudson River Park, NYC (W 26th Street entry). Open from April 1st to October 31st, it closes with the Halloween party. Average prices. Recommended and Recommended!!

Serendipity3 - official website
Especially if you love sweets choose the famous Frozen Hot Chocolate! Those of you who don't remember the romantic movie Serendipity, you can watch the video below to refresh your memory, if you go in the spring-summer season, you can then take the opportunity to take the Tramway and visit Roosevelt Island for great panoramic views over Midtown East, but if if you are there during the Winter season, an obligatory visit to Central Park for some Ice-skating is a MUST!!

Romantic Places in New York

Central Park
Do you have any idea how many Rom-Coms have been shot in Central Park? You can discover all the details with your guide during a nice walking tour... Surely the Park counts the highest number of romantic places in all of Manhattan.

Brooklyn & Williamsburg
Brooklyn Promenade will leave you speechless, walk in the evening as the Manhattan skyline slowly begins to light up, and thousands of lights start flickering ... Then, go to Dumbo to see the historic Jane's Carousel and arrive in Williamsburg for views over the East River and popular rooftops for cocktails with a view!

Brooklyn Bridge
The ever romantic walk on the Brooklyn Bridge. If you want to choose the less crowded hours, we recommend early in the morning or later in the evening ... sunset is pretty popular on a nice-weather day, but the view will be one of a kind.

Empire State Building
Beginning with the first King Kong .... followed by An Affair to Remember ... Sleepless in Seattle ... Gossip Girl. These are just some of the many movies shot on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building!

High Line Park
The Park is "new-ish" but offers views of Hudson River and New Jersey ... don't miss walking here hand in hand!

Romantic Activities in New York

Walking in New York is one of those activities you will find yourself doing throughout your stay. NYC is the city where you can walk for over 10 miles without realizing it. But if you want to discover some particularly romantic corner let yourself be accompanied by one of our local guides.

Let us suggest one of the Rooftops where you can admire the city while sipping a drink, hop on a water taxi to cross the Hudson River and visit the city of Hoboken, walk along the Riverfront Park to admire the beautiful panorama; taste a Cupcake at the popular Carlo's Bakery (The Cake Boss Show), photograph the Manhattan Skyline while it lights up a night ... Book a Private Tour Now.

Romantic Hotels in New York

These selected hotels are exclusive, historical known for their extremely well-appointed rooms with incredible furniture & decorations.

Crosby Street Hotel

Located on 79 Crosby Street. Elegant, with loft-style rooms, spacious and equipped with large and bright windows. The private courtyard provides a green oasis in the city, and the restaurant offers excellent seasonal cuisine based on ingredients from the rooftop garden. Afternoon tea is a must.


Gramercy Park Hotel

Located on Lexington Ave, the hotel features an ultra-chic checkered-floor lobby, columns supporting the extra-heigh ceiling. The 185 rooms are furnished in shades of burgundy, jade and sapphire blue. Art is showcased throughout the common areas with paintings by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Cy Twombly. And for all guests the exclusive entrance to the peaceful and private Gramercy Park, a real treat!!


Algonquin Hotel

The oldest hotel in the city, the Algonquin opened in 1902 and has become an Oasis for international writers, artists, and actors. The exterior of the building is a classic example of Beaux-Arts architecture and has kept intact its large oak-paneled lobby and the Blue Bar, a typical example of the Post-Prohibition era bar in the city.


The High Line Hotel

The High Line Hotel is located at 180 10th Ave. (20th Street) in a gothic-style brick building housing the General Theological Seminary in the Chelsea neighborhood, it feels like entering a Wes Anderson movie. Details such as oriental rugs, floral wallpaper and vintage telephones complete the design.


Urban Cowboy Brooklyn - In May 2014, the Urban Cowboy opened its doors in Brooklyn, and this super Bed & Breakfast immediately evolved into a community of travelers and artists from all over the world, such a magical place.

The Greenwich Hotel at 377 di Greenwich Street. Owned by Robert De Niro opened in 2008. Inside, quilted leather sofas, majestic potted palms, and exotic objects fill the lobby and the Drawing Room. Adjacent to the lobby, there is a lush enclosed courtyard but what distinguishes this hotel the most is the Tibetan handicraft rugs, the oak floors, the ceramic tiles in the bathrooms and other decors. 88 individually decorated rooms and 13 suites. For the couple nothing more romantic than a visit to the Shibui Spa: with the traditional tatami, bathtub, swimming pool and more.

Valentine's Day in New York

If your holiday coincides with Valentine's Day, know that in New York Valentine's Day is celebrated in a big way. Flowers, chocolates and a romantic dinner for New Yorkers is a MUST, for those of you on vacation, we recommend a visit to the Empire, sunset time of course, and then a Cruise by the bay with a Romantic Dinner and Live Music.

During the day if the weather permits step into Central Park for a romantic strooll, otherwise if the weather doesn't cooperate, find shelter in the Metropolitan Museum, art is always romantic!

Take a picture of yourself in front of the Love Sculpture on 6th Avenue and 55th Street and Kiss your loved one in the middle of Times Square, each year the most famous New York Square celebrates with some special event and art exhibition.

New York's Famous Movie-Sets

Impossible to name them all ... we could start with King Kong, the classic in black and white .... let's see some of the most popular sets found around New York City. If you are curious to find the sets of your favorite movie, check out the -- New York Film Location

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's - For this film visit the flagship store on Fifth Avenue and don't just settle for window-shopping, now you can have Breakfast on the 4th floor :-)
  • An Affair to Remember - At the top of the Empire State Building on Fifth Avenue.
  • Manhattan - Central Park, Sutton Square and Sutton Place, and then stop in front of 50th Street and 6th Avenue.
  • Mo Better Blues - Furman Street and Old Fulton Street in Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Nine and a Half Weeks - SoHo with Spring Street and Mulberry Street, the Boat Basin on79th Street and the Hudson River.
  • When Harry Met Sally - Washington Square and the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and of course Katz's Delicatessen on 205 East Houston Street and Ludlow Street. Be sure to try their famous Pastrami Sandwich and the cake of course!
  • Saturday Night Fever - Brooklyn and Lenny's Pizza on 1969 86th Street in Brooklyn.
  • Sleepless in Seattle - again, the one and only Empire State Building.
  • You've Got Mail - All over the Upper West Side and Riverside Park, especially by 94th Street.
  • Serendipity - Central Park with the Wollman Ice-skating Rink, Bloomingdale's, the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and the Serendipity3 Restaurant, Chelsea Pier 59.
  • How to lose a guy in 10 days - Madison Avenue and 27th street, Fifth Avenue and Staten Island Ferry, Madison Square Garden.
  • Sex and the City - All of Manhattan!! but remember that Carrie's apartment is located at 66 Perry Street and on Bleecker Street you will find the original Magnolia Bakery.


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