Between the twinkling lights at dusk and the glittery sidewalks after it snows, New York provides the perfect backdrop for a pair of starry-eyed lovers to make memories.
And what better time to go than at Christmas, when an unmistakable energy that can only be described as magic descends upon the city? There’s a reason Hollywood has chosen New York’s famous landmarks as the setting for countless romantic films, including "Serendipity," "When Harry Met Sally" and "You’ve Got Mail." In short: There’s no place like it, and no other city can contend with New York during the holidays.
Wondering how to bottle up a bit of the magic for your own romantic rendezvous in the Big Apple? Here’s an itinerary that will send sexy shivers down the spine of your main squeeze.
Start with a Check-In
The NoMad Hotel is one of New York's most romantic places to stay. — Photo courtesy of The NoMad Hotel
Start by securing a room at The NoMad Hotel in the Flatiron District. Not only does the hotel have one of the best drinking libraries in the city, but the Parisian-style rooms are decked out with old-world clawfoot bathtubs, mahogany writing desks and hardwood floors. Paris and New York tied up in one delicious Christmastime package? Doesn’t get more romantic than that.
Eat Dessert First
Share a frozen hot chocolate for a lovely romantic date at Serendipity in New York. — Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Once you’ve checked in, skip straight to dessert and recreate a romantic scene at Serendipity, where Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack shared a sweet treat in the movie with the same name. As for what to order? The frozen hot chocolate is a good bet and gives you an extra excuse to cuddle close for warmth.
Keeping in line with the movie theme, your next stop is ice-skating in Bryant Park. Unlike some of the other rinks in town, The Rink at Bryant Park is free to the public and open after dark. Plus, if you don’t have your own skates, you can rent them for just $15.
Dine in the sexy cellar at New York's restaurant, Peasant, in Nolita. — Photo courtesy of Peasant
After skating mitten-in-mitten, follow your appetites to dinner at Peasant in Nolita. This hotspot is precisely what your 10Best love doctor has ordered, and here’s a pro tip: Instead of opting to sit in the main dining room, steal seats in the super sexy cellar. Tucked below the kitchen and down a set of stairs, you’ll feel like you walked into a hidden cave on the Tuscan countryside. Not only does the candlelit ambiance ooze with romance, but the rustic Italian fare served on cedar boards is perfect for sharing.
Hit the Underground Cocktail Bar
Finish your romantic New York night in the underground cocktail bar, The Mulberry Project. — Photo courtesy of Mulberry Project
After dinner, walk a few blocks to the cobbled streets of Little Italy and straight down another set of steps to the Mulberry Project. This bespoke, underground cocktail bar is cloaked in red, with a low ceiling and the lights dimmed just right. Squint toward the back booth and you can almost picture Sinatra and the Rat Pack schmoozing a few ladies after a big show. For you two, sidle up to the bar and place your order. If you’re not sure what to go for, just let the bartender know your preferences, and he or she will take it from there.
To close out the evening, it’s time to head back to the room, fill up your tub with bubbles and then let the magic of your romantic evening carry you both to bed.