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Most Romantic Things to Do In New York City

By February 15, 2009

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One of my favorite cookbook authors and goddess of all things sweet, Dorie Greenspan, recently put together a list of her favorite 25 most romantic things to do in Paris, her adopted home. This tantalizing list seems like exactly the kinds of thing I'd like to do on a honeymoon or romantic trip, but which few guidebooks will tell you about. After all, do you really want to be walking up the steps of the Eifel Tower, when you could be snuggling with your sweetie by the Seine?

Paris is perhaps the world's most romantic city, but my hometown of New York is a close second. So I decided to put together a list of my favorite romantic things to do in New York City.

  • Stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge, and sit for a while in Brooklyn Bridge Park, admiring the city skyline and the view framed by the bridges. Then, refresh yourself with a slice of Bubby's awesome pie, or head to the River Cafe for a more decadent meal. Note that Bubby's is a family restaurant, but it does have a great view and their pie is awesome.

  • Enjoy the grand halls of the New York Public Library's main branch, then sit in the main reading room to read collections of love letters to each other

  • Head to Bouchon Bakery for my favorite macarons in the city, and perhaps a few sandwiches or other treats, then stroll through Central Park to find your perfect picnic spot, or take a boat ride

  • Take a free roundtrip ride on the Staten Island Ferry, enjoying the views of the water and the Statue of Liberty

  • In spring, go to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for magical walks under canopies of cherry blossoms.

What are your favorite romantic things to do in your hometown? What romantic things are you planning for your honeymoon?

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February 20, 2009 at 12:59 am
(1) maggie says:

I love this list! We’re coming to New York for a mini-moon since a honeymoon just isn’t in the cards right now so we will definitely add these to our plans.

February 20, 2009 at 9:02 am
(2) Future Mrs. Scott says:

I like to get all dressed up for a night at the Metropolitan Opera. Something about the majesty of that room, and picking up a long evening dress to walk up the steps, clutching his arm during the dramatic notes….that’s my idea of a romantic evening in New York!

July 10, 2009 at 10:15 am
(3) La Donna says:

Iam new to New York and I came here to be with my boyfriend. He has always lived here in New York and I came from Indiana. I am looking for a romantic evening that I can plan any suggestions.. Needing help..when I clicked on your list it wouldnt give me anything..

November 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm
(4) a4262339 says:

I’ve said that least 4262339 times. The problem this like that is they are just too compilcated for the average bird, if you know what I mean

January 24, 2012 at 4:50 pm
(5) tuxey says:

you could always go to the top of the empire state building, and kiss… it’s really a touristy sort of thing to do, which makes it even more fun! going on the tour buses, the double decker ones, and kissing while on tour (and, if you’re on the top level, you’re also on view!).. getting lunch at gray’s papaya, and sharing the hotdogs (each eating from opposite ends, and meeting in the middle, a la ‘lady and the tramp”)… going iceskating, in the winter, at rockefeller center, holding hands….

i lived in nyc for several decades, and these are among my favorite things!

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