Better Than Roses: Where to Date in New York City

So you scored some “B MINE” candy hearts. Now what? Read this guide for nine romance-ready date ideas that feel movie-perfect.

Winter's Tale

1. The Bow Bridge in Central Park
This cast-iron bridge is one of the most quixotic and cinematic (think ManhattanGreat Expectations, and now Winter’s Tale) places in all of New York.

2. Serendipity (225 E 60th Street)
Is there anything more romantic than sharing a frozen hot chocolate? We think not. Now grab a seat at this restaurant and two straws.

3. The Quin (57 and 6th)
A recent addition to the luxe hotel circuit, this artsy oasis overlooking Central Park is quintessential New York. Plus, The Wayfarer, the hotel’s resident resto, serves up an indulgent, seafood-leaning menu.

4. The Museum of Modern Art (11 W 53rd St)
Here, celebrated Picassos, Rothkos, and Van Goghs mingle with the most buzzed-about recent works. Tack on late Friday hours and this becomes your ideal cultural date spot.

5. Grand Central Station (87 E 42nd St)
Insider tip: Tucked away by the Oyster Bar & Restaurant lies a whispering corridor.

6. Bryant Park (40th and 42nd on 6th)
Rent some skates and take a cue from the legendary Olympic pair skaters and/or the Ice Capades. Afterward, defrost with a warm cup of coffee at Celsius.

7. The Empire State Building (350 5th Ave)
Seize your movie moment and smooch on the tippy-top of this iconic Manhattan landmark.

8. exhale mind body spa (420 Park Ave S)
Want to really indulge? Cozy into this luxury wellness center for a couples massage.

9. Bedford Cheese Shop (67 Irving Place)
Let “James Beard of the cheese world” Sean help you pair wine with chocolate or cheese. Then make an at-home picnic.

Still stumped? Spend Valentine’s Day cozying up to the ultimate date movie: Winter’s Tale. (Grab two tickets here.)

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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February 7, 2014