A lot of people don’t associate New York with a honeymoon destination but believe me: there is love in the Big Apple. The truth is that the city is very democratic – with things to do for all ages and all tastes. So, if you’re looking for romantic ideas – either because you’re on your honeymoon, celebrating an anniversary, celebrating Valentine’s Day, or simply enjoying with your partner, here are some suggestions for romantic things to do in New York City
There’s nothing better than leaving the noises of the city behind and relaxing a day at a spa. New York has several spas, and these are my three suggestions:
- QC Spa – located in in Governors Island. There are gorgeous grounds featuring unprecedented views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and New Jersey, relaxation rooms (each with its own meticulously curated personality, scent, and music), themed saunas, and other incredible wellness experiences such as vichy showers, infrared beds, foot baths, hydro jets, steam baths and more. Luxurious bathrobes, sandals, towels, shower products and a storage locker will all be provided – all that is needed is a swimsuit. Check more information and pictures here!
- World Spa – The new spa in the city is located in Brooklyn – the founders reshaped a disused parking lot into a 50,000-square-foot wellness oasis. It feature three floors of impeccably-designed traditional and cultural experiences from every corner under one roof in the heart of Brooklyn. The experiences include: Discover authentic banyas, Finnish saunas, Turkish and Moroccan hammams, cleansing Himalayan salt therapy, Japanese onsens, an infrared room and so much more. You can also book services such as massages and facials. In addition, you can dine at Ren restaurant, led by chef Shaun Hergatt. Admission starts at $85. Learn more.
- AIRE Ancient Baths – With locations in cities like Chicago, Barcelona and New York City, this place offers a luxurious relaxation experience – and it was featured in one episode of Billions. AIRE spaces are ˜temples dedicated to the relaxation of body and mind in which time does not exist”. They are inspired by the tradition of baths from ancient Roman, Greek and Ottoman civilizations. In New York City, AIRE is Located at a restored historical building, originally an 1883 textile factory. During the session, you will have access to the signature bath experience featuring 6 thermal baths (hot bath, the ice and cold plunges, the warm pool, the flotarium – salt water pool-, and the jet pool). Prices start at $140. Reservations and more info on the website.
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Have you ever heard of the concept of Glamping? It’s more glamorous camping with much more comfort, convenience, and, of course, glamour lol. New York has two options for glamping, and both can be fantastic experiences – especially for honeymooners:
- NYC Glamping – this company has converted rustic industrial shipping containers into comfortable rooms with air conditioning and heating, Wi-Fi, showers, and bathrooms in each room. They also offer tents for those who want a more “wild” experience. NYC Glamping is located in the heart of Greenpoint, a neighborhood in Brooklyn overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Plus, when you book, you get free entry to the Skyline Drive-In cinema. Reservations and more info here.
- Collective Retreats – The Instagram-worthy accommodations pair style and comfort with designer furnishings, ultra-comfortable high thread count bedding, air conditioning, and gourmet room service. Besides the luxurious accommodations, there are some experiences and activities like yoga, s’mores, and wine tasting. Collective Retreats also offers a gourmet dining experience delivers a contemporary American menu with a focus on wood flame grilling and offers breakfast and multiple dinner options. Both Overnight and non-overnight guests are invited to enjoy the Chef’s Tasting and a la carte menus in addition to an extensive selection of specialty cocktails and wine offerings. You can check more details and making reservations for glamping and dining here.
I always say that one of the experiences that you can’t miss when in NYC is seeing the from the water, and, fortunately, there are several options – cruises are always among my recommendations. Here are the two that I recommend for those who want a romantic atmosphere:
- Bateaux – lunch/brunch/dinner – if you want a complete experience – including a meal – I highly recommend a Bateaux cruise, either the brunch, lunch or dinner one. The cruise lasts from 2 to 3 hours, and It is Manhattan’s only fully enclosed glass vessel. tHE view from inside the boat is wide and magical, with a 360-degree view of the iconic city skyline. You will see iconic NYC spots like Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and the Statue of Liberty – the boat stops in front of it so you can take photos. Learn more about the dinner cruise | Learn more about the brunch cruise.
- Classic Harbor Line – another option is Classic Harbor Line cruises. I really love their cruises because they use luxury and beautiful motor yachts – and with a lot of stability. Being a relatively small yacht, it is more intimate and less crowded cruise than tourist cruises, featuring tables by the windows, so no matter where you sit, you’ll have a privileged view. In addition to the closed area, with glass windows, there is also an open deck. I recommend the sunset cruises and the jazz cruises. You can book here.
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A dinner or lunch at a special restaurant can also be very romantic, right? And nothing better than doing it with a view; after all, New York is a city full of skyscrapers. There are several restaurants in the city with spectacular views, and I have a list on the blog – I suggest checking out the post below. Also, when booking, don’t forget to mention if it’s a special occasion like a honeymoon, wedding anniversary, etc. The restaurant may give you a complimentary dessert or drink.
Rooftops are the bars on the terraces of buildings, with incredible views and a perfect vibe! Plus, it’s a super local thing to do. There are many rooftops around the city – dozens of them! I think it’s the kind of experience that is worth including in the itinerary because it’s something unique and also because of the beautiful and unique views of these places.
Central Park is probably one of the most visited places in New York – and it’s nice to visit no matter the season. Whether spring, summer, fall or winter, it is always nice to appreciate the immensity and beauty of this oasis in the middle of the city. And you can also take advantage of your visit and take a gondola ride in Central Park. Yes, you did not read wrong: you take a gondola tour in New York. An official gondola, a gift from the city of Venice to New York, the first gondola in history to be given as a gift. Turns out it can be very romantic. Learn more.
From April to October, take advantage of the good weather to have a picnic. I love it! Few simple things in life are as delicious as sitting in the shade in a park to relax, read a book and eat delicious food. And it can also be super romantic, so why not? It is even an affordable option.
Date night at the MET
Every Friday and Saturday night, from 5-9 pm, it’s Date Night at The Met! You can bring a friend or special someone (or yourself!) for an evening of live music, drinks, and 5,000 years of art. There is live music across the Museum, plus enjoy drink specials and an assortment of light fare in the American Wing Café or Petrie Court Café and a small bites menu in the Balcony Lounge (open to Met Members at the Evening Hours level and above; reservations recommended). All events are free with Museum admission, which is always pay-what-you-wish for New York State residents and NY, NJ, and CT students with valid ID.
A photoshoot with your partner can also be a celebration of your love. I know it sounds cheesy, but it’s true. It’s really good to look back at pictures after a while. And New York City is a very photogenic place for that. Here are some photographers I recommend:
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