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Romantic New York Getaways
New York City is a fantastic region to visit if you're looking to show your romantic side. There's so much to see and do here that the hardest part of your trip will be deciding what you want to do. From lodging to dining and from entertainment to hot nightlife, it's all at your fingertips in the Big Apple.
New York City Romantic Hotels
Choosing a good location for lodging is an important ingredient in a New York City romantic experience. Especially if your activities and excursions center around Manhattan, you do not want to be renting a car, so use taxis, the subway, or other transportation (like walking hand-in-hand in the crisp evening air). So, where to stay? Fortunately, there are some great choices in the region. First up is the Mark New York. Located just off Fifth Avenue's “Museum Mile,” this hotel offers unparalleled comfort. Their motto is “no jacket, no tie, no attitude.” They serve a daily afternoon tea, presided over by a real Chinese tea master. As you might expect, the hotel attracts a celebrity crowd.
Another romantic gem is the Inn at Irving Place. It's so secluded that there isn't even a sign or awning. The Inn offers 12 romantic rooms to choose from, and services include in-room massage, room service, concierge, and complimentary breakfast in bed. To make the most of this great ambiance, bringing children under age 12 along with you is discouraged. You may also try the hotel known as 60 Thompson, in the chic SoHo district. Euro-modern in style, this hotel has 100 beautifully-appointed rooms and suites, great views, and excellent attentive service. The hotel's alluring Thai restaurant, Kittichai, is a top SoHo hotspot.
Romantic Getaways in New York City
The Alex Hotel offers style and comfort, with a flair. This midtown hotel sits just off busy Third Avenue and presents everything you could want for a visit to New York City. Twenty-four-hour room service is available from the excellent Japanese and American restaurants. Rooms are eclectic, with retro-cool furniture and top-of-the-line amenities.
Stay in the legendary Waldorf-Astoria, the I.M. Pei-designed Four Seasons Hotel or the venerable Ritz-Carlton for some romance at New York City's highest standard of luxury.
New York City Romantic Dining
After enjoying time in your hotel, you'll want to venture out and explore the restaurant scene, which is legendary in New York City. There are far too many to list here, so here's a few to start you off. Located on the upper east side, the Daniel serves up romance, French-style. Dazzling crystal, bone china, and red roses set the mood at this jewel. This elegant bistro serves a mélange of contemporary American and warm Mediterranean dishes in a romantic setting sure to delight.
Another choice is the classic Four Seasons Restaurant, located at Park Avenue. This is the only restaurant in New York City that has the distinction of being a registered landmark. For years, this spot has been among the top choices for couples. Fantastic cuisine, unmatched décor and five-star service bring it all together on a platter for you. Last but not least is Babbo. This Italian masterpiece awaits you, and every aspect of this meal will heighten your romantic efforts, from the antipasti to the outstanding main courses to the tiramisu and coffee.
Romantic Restaurants in New York
Besides the food, many famous eateries in the New York City region have a long romantic track record. From intimate dining in Central Park's Tavern on the Green (sorry, closed now) to the celebrity-studded flavor of the Russian Tea Room to dinner and dancing with a world-class view in the Rainbow Room, these are meals you and your loved one will remember fondly. For long-distance romance with a New York flavor - visit Katz's deli and “Send a salami to your boy in the army.” Katz's is the site of the famous line “I'll have what she's having,” in that romantic classic, “When Harry Met Sally.”
Romantic Things to Do in New York City
Just taking in the sights in New York City can provide a very romantic setting. For example, a leisurely stroll in the evening or sitting back in a horse-drawn carriage around Central Park, taking in the dazzling skyline as you go. A daytime walk through Central Park can also be very romantic, as can be an amble across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Think of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in “Sleepless in Seattle,” or Cary Grant and Deborah Carr in “An Affair to Remember,” and picture yourselves watching Manhattan light up from the outdoor observatory on the Empire State Building. Another way to combine sightseeing and romance is a harbor dinner cruise. Another romantic idea, available during most of the year, is to go ice skating at Rockefeller Center. Twirl around the ice hand-in-hand, then take a break for some hot cocoa. That's the REAL New York!
Romantic Manhattan Getaways
There's no shortage of nightlife in the Big Apple, as you can imagine. Everything from top shows on Broadway, to dance clubs, to live entertainment is at your doorstep. New York City nightlife especially comes alive on weekends, when crowds pack in wherever a hot band is playing or when a popular comedian grabs hold of the microphone. The evening is always alive in Times Square, with its famous neon signs and active street life, and further downtown, in the jazz joints of the West Village and the intimate dives in the East Village. Almost every style of music and nightlife is represented in Manhattan. Since the hotspots change often, it is best to refer to one of the local entertainment magazines to see what's “happening” at the moment.
New York City is a welcoming city, with a mind-boggling array of restaurants, entertainment, and top-notch lodging. All you have to do is choose your own romantic bite to take out of the Big Apple. Enjoy!
Romantic Vacation Ideas in Manhattan and New York City