Take advantage of the romance in New York City with this one-day guide for couples.
Romantic restaurant One if by Land, Two if by Sea — Photo courtesy of Brett Matthews / One if by Land
Start your day of romance and whimsy in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Met" (as locals call it) boasts a stunning Beux-Arts façade and is packed with impressive artwork from around the world and throughout the centuries. There are Greek and Roman sculptures, Egyptian Galleries, the art of Africa and the Pacific Islands, American Masters, Renaissance masterpieces, Chinese art and more.
You won’t be able to see it all, but you and your infatuate will be overwhelmed with passion and joy as you drink in the stunning artwork the universe has to offer. Make sure you stop by the Temple of Dendur, situated in a gorgeous room with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out into Central Park. You are certain to feel a sense of enchantment.
Moving on from The Met, take a romantic stroll through Central Park, stopping at some of the more idyllic spots such as the Shakespeare Garden, Belvedere Castle, Bethesda Fountain and Bow Bridge. If there was ever a time to whip out a sparkler and claim your beloved, your visit to the Bow Bridge could be it. Central Park also offers many hidden nooks and crannies for those among us who like to be a little more “hands on” when it comes to our romantic meanders.
As evening falls, and the lights go on in the City, go to Pier 83 at W. 42nd Street and 12th Avenue, and take a Harbour Lights Cruise. Circle Line Sight Seeing has many options, such as the Full Island Cruise which takes you past landmarks such as The Octagon, Randall’s Island, High Bridge Park, Columbia University, Harlem, Gracie Mansion, South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Bridge, Yankee Stadium, The Cloisters, Grant’s Tomb, The Little Red Lighthouse and more.
Sunset in Manhattan — Photo courtesy of Lucy Walters
Or take the Semi-Circle Cruise, which covers USS Intrepid Pier, Pier 54 (Titanic Pier), Newport Center, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Battery Park, The Museum Of Jewish Heritage, Ellis Island, Wall Street, South Street Seaport and Museum, Brooklyn Bridge, Chrysler Building, Empire State Building and the World Financial Center. Any tour you choose, you can be assured the views of Manhattan will hopefully leave you breathless.
Finish your day with a romantic dinner at One if By Land, Two if By Sea in the West Village. This cozy, intimate spot has long been referred to as the most romantic restaurant in New York City. The food is decadent, the fire is warm and the piano is dreamy. It is a fabulous way to end your day of romance with fantasy and class.