Romance is in the air as we count down to Valentine’s Day and New York certainly has more than its share of romantic venues. Let’s face it; we all have our own definition of what romance is and in the Big Apple you don’t need a wallet full of money to get starry-eyed with your partner.
So, the Empire State Building is a great place to propose, and having breakfast at Tiffanys will surely impress, but let’s look at places somewhat less well known, but just as romantic for February 14th.
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden
If anybody is looking for a little piece of serenity, Brooklyn Botanic Garden is the place to head for as it is a veritable oasis of calm. The park which is close to Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Museum were created in 1910 and has thousands of varieties of flora laid out across its 52 acres. There are always spaces to lose yourself here and it features the first Japanese pond garden to be built in the US. The journey begins in the visitor centre, which is an eco-friendly doorway to more than 45,000 plants.
The Bowery Ballroom
For lovers of great music and food, heading down to this venue on the Lower East Side is a must do experience. The great Bard himself said that music was the food of love, and if you both share the same taste, then listening to your favourite band perform doesn’t get any more romantic. It’s certainly an experience that you will want to share with the kids. This is arguably the number one venue to listen to music in the city and the downstairs bar has a lively atmosphere before you even decide to subject yourselves to an awesome sound system. If your idea of romance has to involve music, then head for the best.
South Street Seaport
The South Street Seaport is a slightly more traditional place for lovers to visit and is often overlooked by the locals. It is a stunning place for a stroll at sunset as the sun goes down and melts into the sparkling water before the lights of lower Manhattan take over for one of those unforgettable moments. This is a fabulously romantic spot in a busy city, with lots of places scattered here and there to steal a quiet smooch, before finding the perfect eatery for a candlelit dinner for two.
The 21 Club
The 21 Club is a tourist magnet but for an excellent reason. This place oozes with the nostalgic and modern and is a city icon that draws on its roots and mixes trend with folklore. It has been a location for Hollywood films like Wall Street and Rear Window but this doesn’t stop it having a really friendly and natural vibe that is great for lovers to just hang-out. But it doesn’t end there: diners can chill and enjoy some delightful food, well-balanced cocktails and impeccable service. For couples looking for an authentically romantic New York City moment that will last a lifetime then this is a true gem that delivers. Head on down to the club’s clandestine wine cellar that goes back all the way to prohibition, steal a kiss and drink in the ambience.
Silk Day Spa
Is there anything more romantic on Valentine’s Day, than getting pampered with your partner in an exclusive spa that offers indulgent ‘East meets West cosseting. If you take the ‘Urban Vacation’ for couples, you will be treated to an exotic hot stone massage and body scrub with a papaya mango wrap-up.
Author Bio: Gareth Thomas is one of the co-founders of Reserve Apartments, an Edinburgh based holiday let and online booking / web publishing Software Company.