What are the best things to do on a romantic trip in New York City?

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What could be more romantic than a trip to New York City? Even if you've never seen a single episode of Sex and the City, it's common knowledge that people come here to fall in love. What says "I love you" more than a carriage ride in Central Park or ice skating in Rockefeller Center? Here is our list of the best things to do on a romantic trip to the Big Apple.

Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr made the observation deck atop the Empire State Building a quintessential spot for romantics in 1957's An Affair to Remember. As New York's tallest and most famous skyscraper, it's no wonder many a movie movement has transpired atop this majestic marvel. Constructed shortly after its Art Deco cousin the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building stands 1,453 feet tall at the top of its broadcast tower. Observatories on the 86th and 102nd floors, open year-round, promise an unparalleled view of the Big Apple. It's a sight to behold, and one your date is unlikely to forget.

Gaze lovingly at such works as van Gogh's Cypresses, Gauguin's la Orana Maria and Degas' The Dance Class at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (otherwise known as the Met). Monet, da Vinci, Picasso, van Gogh and Degas they're all part of the 2-million-plus-piece collection at this enormous Beaux-Arts building on the eastern edge of Central Park. The works at the Met include the world's most definitive American art collection and arguably the finest Egyptian collection outside of Cairo.

If you're visiting during the holiday season, lace up your ice skates and head to Rockefeller Center's ice rink. Many well-known tenants are housed in the center of this 19-building complex, including Radio City Music Hall, NBC studios and the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Skating at the world-famous rink is a celebrated tradition, and a romantic one at that.

Perhaps the most quintessential date in New York City is the Central Park carriage ride. Walk up to a carriage on Fifth and Sixth avenues for a shorter, more impromptu ride, or plan in advance by making a reservation — although it's more expensive, you'll see additional sites.

If there was ever a time to shop together and splurge a little, a trip together to New York is it. The shopping in New York is incredible for guys and girls. Even if you're not buying, it's hard not to feel giddy while window shopping along Fifth Avenue or checking out the cool designer stores in Soho. End up in cozy spot for lunch and you have a perfect afternoon.

Here are five top romantic things to do in New York City:

Couples massage in-room

A walk through Central Park and stopping in the middle of the Great Lawn for a kiss

Dinner in Jean Georges in one of their banquettes, arranged by your concierge

A performance of Phantom of the Opera

Rose pedals, champagne and flowers waiting in your park-view suite upon your return that evening.

New York City is the perfect backdrop for a romantic vacation. When traveling with a loved one, we suggest a horse and carriage ride, visiting the Top of the Rock, a private helicopter tour, dinner at one of the city’s top restaurants or staying in The Tiffany Suite at The St. Regis New York, the ultimate romantic locale.

Start the romantic tour with glasses of champagne in front of the fireplace in TY Lounge and then decide on one of these five ideas that are sure to romance that special someone:

Dinner at the River Café

A picnic in Central Park (seasonal)

Lunch at the New Leaf Café(seasonal)

A night at the ballet or the New York Philharmonic

A private limousine tour of the city

Michael Romei
  • Michael Romei

  • Chef Concierge, The Waldorf Towers New York

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1) A private helicopter ride around Manhattan at sunset 

2) Reserve the private Gondola and Gondalier at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park

3) A Carriage Ride just for the two of you in Central Park 

4) Elegant dinner in one of the City's most elegant restaurants: Bouley, Daniel, Jean Georges, Per Se, La Grenouille, I would also mention The River Cafe in Brooklyn which is temporarily closed but soon to re-open. 

5) An evening of classical music or dance at The Metropolitan Opera House

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