The Very Best Romantic Places in New York City You Need To Visit

By TRAVEL CHANNEL / Posted on October 31, 2017

Okay, New York City is not exactly on the radar as the most romantic city on the planet. Yet, for many smitten New Yorkers, Eve wasn’t the only one tempted by a big apple. Here, a collection of flirtatious, romantic places in the city even Cupid would approve.

Empire State Building
One of the most romantic scenes in “Sleepless in Seattle” took place on top of this iconic building. Come at night, when you can’t help but embrace the glimmering city views — and each other. The 86th-floor Observatory has an outdoor deck that wraps around the building and the 102nd floor is the highest point in Manhattan. Up the romance ante: A live jazz saxophonist serenades on the 86th floor observatory deck 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday nights.

One if by Land, Two if by Sea
True romantics love places draped in secrecy. One if by Land, Two if by Sea has no name on the door and is nestled on an off-the-beaten-path Greenwich Village street, making it all the more seductive. The place oozes romance with lots of candles, quiet piano music, an historic carriage house setting — all the ingredients for a tantalizing meal of oysters, beef Wellington and caramel-chocolate cheesecake.

Rooftop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
While not ensconced in secrecy, this place is really not that well-known and that’s part of its allure. For the perfect date, begin by taking in the art in the world-renowned museum. Then, hit the roof. The Rooftop at the Met is a canvas for smooches. You’ll exchange adorations—for each other, as well as the views of Central Park and Manhattan skyline. Sip cocktails at the Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar and toast the sunset views that are reminiscent of one of the museum’s Manets. Bonus: Rooftop sculpture installations rotate each summer.

Campbell Apartment
When New Yorkers want to impress their date, they come here to an elegant hideaway on the mezzanine of Grand Central Terminal. This plush historic bar with a Florentine ceiling and stained glass windows was once the office of the 20th-century tycoon John W. Campbell. The stone fireplace seduces couples to slink into cushy chairs on winter nights or settle into a pair of red bar stools and sip the specialty cocktail, Prohibition Punch. Pinky up!

Wave Hill
The lovely 28-acre Wave Hill, tucked in the upper Bronx, woos with rambling gardens and lawns, as well as off-the-beaten-path hiking trails. Pull up a lawn chair and hang out; the lovely views of New Jersey’s Palisades are especially smooch-inducing. The aquatic pond is popular; you’ll spot a toad or two, a reminder for disappointing blind-daters that you may have to kiss a lot of frogs before finding your prince. A café sells sandwiches and drinks and the Wave Hill mansion showcases art exhibits.

Central Park Boathouse
Central Park seduces couples with hidden nooks and crannies, as well as the proposal-worthy Boathouse restaurant located in the heart of the park. Request a lakeside table and order entrees like filet mignon and Scottish salmon. You can also come to sip Manhattans and share a cheese board out on the dock or, when the weather cools, in front of the lounge’s fireplace. In warm weather, come before dusk to hire a gondolier to take you out on the lake or rent your own rowboats.