10 Most Romantic Places In New York City For A Dreamy Date

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Countless scenes in Hollywood movies have made New York landmarks like Central Park synonymous with romance. Whether you are looking for the perfect spot to vacation with your bae or are preparing for an unforgettable proposal or a honeymoon, this exciting and vibrant city has several locations tucked away that offer couples the privacy and the atmosphere to enjoy their special time together. Indeed, our list has several options that might surprise you – they will take you to a different world to make your date truly memorable. Check out our curated list of ideas, and pick one that fits best with the vibe you want to strike as well as your interests as a couple! Scroll below for the best romantic places in New York City for a dreamy date.

1. Explore the iconic spots of Central Park

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For many Central Park tops as one of the best places for a romantic rendezvous in New York. Depending on the kind of date you want, you can either ride a horse carriage or take out a boat, or picnic amidst scenic grounds or simply walk around the many picturesque trails. Other charming options include the Conservatory Garden and the Central Park Zoo. Undoubtedly one of the most romantic spots, the delicate Bow Bridge reigns supreme especially at sunsets, so be sure to visit it with your sweetheart.

Central Park

Address: Manhattan, New York City

Website: Central Park

Opening hours: 6:00 am – 1:00 am

2. Slip into another time with a dinner date at the exotic Macao Trading Company


Fast gaining a reputation as one of the hottest restaurants in New York City, Macao Trading Company offers a rare blend of Portuguese and Chinese culture and cuisine. Done up authentically with a focus on fostering intimacy, it offers a fantastic atmosphere that makes for an impressive date night. Enjoy its delectable food, the talent of its skillful bartenders and its personalized service during your visit.

Macao Trading Co

Address: 311 Church St, New York

Website: Macao Trading Co

Opening hours: 5:00 pm – 2:00 am

3. Dine amid the grandeur of The Campbell

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Routinely listed among the most iconic bars and restaurants of New York City, this opulently designed restaurant matches the stunning building it is located in, the Grand Central Terminal. For couples looking to spend a romantic evening, the beautifully restored restaurant offers an alluring experience with its amazing décor, its classic cocktails, and delicious food options. The rooftop Campbell Terrace, in particular, is a wonderful option to enjoy views of Manhattan and relax.

The Campbell

Address: 15 Vanderbilt Avenue (off 43rd Street), New York

Website: The Campbell

Opening hours: 12:00 pm – 2:00 am

4. Spend an afternoon at the scenic Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
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Spread over vast acres, the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens located in the heart of Brooklyn is a virtual oasis of peace, natural beauty, and exotic greenery. There are several perfect options that you can choose for a special date – the Cranford Rose Garden which offers a romantic setting of gorgeous roses; Cherry Walk a wonderful option for a walk particularly during spring when rows of cherry trees create an extraordinary sight and the Rock Garden which has numerous charming and intimate walking paths.

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

Address: 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, New York

Website: Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

Opening hours: 10:00 am

Price: 15 USD

5. Get away from the hustle and bustle with a date at The Cloisters

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With its sweeping hallways, enchanting old-world atmosphere and rare medieval treasures, The Cloisters of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a hidden gem. This branch of the Met houses its extensive medieval art and architecture collection. Take a romantic stroll through its beautiful gardens and fountains, and take the time to enjoy the lovely view of the Palisades. You’ll forget you are in New York City, and will instead feel like you are in one of those charming European cities that you hear about.

The Met Cloisters

Address: 99 Margaret Corbin Dr, New York

Website: The Met Cloisters

Opening hours: 10:00 am – 5.15 pm

Price: 25 USD

6. Plan an 'out-of-this-word' date at The Hayden Planetarium

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For a date with a twist, head out to the Hyden Planetarium to spend an evening under the stars. Visit its Space Theater that features incredible visuals of space thanks to virtual reality simulators that are among the largest in the world, as well as up-to-date displays of cosmic discoveries. You’ll see an amazingly realistic recreation of our (observable) universe in the scientifically accurate 3D map that is maintained by scientists and visualization experts. Themed shows hosted at regular intervals in the Theatre are also a marvelous experience.

The Hayden Planetarium (located in the American Museum of Natural History)

Address: 200 Central Park West, New York

Website: The Hayden Planetarium

Opening hours: 10 am – 5.45pm

Price: 25 USD

7. Spend a fun day at the Hudson River Park

Hudson River Park, New York City - panoramio
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This 550-acre (222 hectares) riverside park offers incredible sights of Hudson River and New Jersey from its banks and piers, making it an awesome option for a cool evening stroll with your loved one. In addition to calming green grounds, fountains and gardens, this park, the second largest in New York, also offers a range of exciting sporting activities that couples with a more adventurous spirit can enjoy. Make use of the several dining options available inside to bring a close to your time together.

Hudson River Park

Address: 353 West St, New York

Website: Hudson River Park

Opening hours: 8am – dusk

Price: Free

8. Stand among the fluttering butterflies of The Butterfly Conservatory


Step into a tropical wonderland at the American Museum of Natural History’s Butterfly Conservatory. This special exhibit held typically from September to May creates an entirely different world with its lush greenery and tropical temperatures. Even as you learn about thousands of butterfly and moth species inside, you will mingle with 500 live butterflies that roam free as a part of the exhibit. A wondrous experience your date will never forget.

The Butterfly Conservatory(Located in American Museum of Natural History)

Address: 200 Central Park West, New York

Website: The Butterfly Conservatory

Opening hours: 10 am – 5:45 pm (seasonal)

Price: 28 USD

9. Take in the famed New York City skyline from the Empire State Building decks

View from observation deck at Empire State Building
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Clichéd it may be but getting to the top of the Empire State Building amid the incredible views of New York City is definitely one of the most romantic date ideas. There are two observatory decks - one on the 86th floor and the other on the 102nd floor. Each offers 360-degree views of NYC’s prominent landmarks from Central Park to the Statue of Liberty. Featured on numerous movies like Sleepless in Seattle, the decks are a well-known spot for proposals, if that’s how you’re inclined!

Empire State Building

Address: 20 W 34th St, New York

Website: Empire State Building

Opening hours: 8 am – 2 am

Price: 38 USD

10. Hold your date close at the Ice Skating Rink at Rockefeller Center

Prometheus and Skate Rink at Night
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Spend a few hours with your date twirling on the ice and enjoying the romance of the season. One of the most favored date activities for couples in winter, you are likely to face a crowded rink but don’t let that deter you. Rent skating shoes and enjoy your time on the ice. Make the date even better by booking a VIP session to skip the lines, or choose from packages which offer various combinations including skating plus dinner at Rock Center Café above the rink.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

Address: 600 5th Ave, New York

Website: The Rink at Rockefeller Center

Opening hours: 8:30 am – 12:00 am

Choose from the most stunning backdrops for your date in New York

There is no doubt a bewildering choice of romantic places to choose from for a date in New York. Maximize the romance by hunting for unique ideas and plan something special for your beloved.

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