For some reason, the coming of winter heralds the encouraging of people to get romantic. Perhaps it’s common sense to cuddle up to someone when you’re cold, but there’s something to be said about an enchanting walk around a New York City whilst being hand in hand with a partner.
So if you’re in the mood to whisk a loved one away to the East Coast on your gap year and looking for a nod in the right direction, here are a few ideas.
Where to spend your day
In fairness, New York can be anything you want it to be: the coolest, most enjoyable, best place to eat – you name it, it’s probably been called it. Rightly so, in fairness, as it is a mega-city that has myriad things to offer, and romantic is definitely one of them.
Of course, sometimes it’s good to get lost in the city when arriving in the Big Apple, but there are a few must-sees and dos that you would be silly to miss out on. Central Park, for instance, is an area that looks charming in the winter, especially with the old fashioned Friedsam Memorial Carousel that can be found at Park Drive North.
Located in the middle of the Park, the Trump Wollman ice rink is available and offers an amazing 360 view of the park, as well as the famous skyline behind. If your passion can only be matched by thriftiness, one can always visit Bryant Park where the Bank of America Winter Village can be found. It is allegedly free, but you may have to pay to rent some skates.
After, one can warm up the many cafes on offer, such as Perk Kafe in Midtown or La Colombe in Soho. Of course, Soho is known as a good district for shopping, so it’s always a good idea to go there after and mooch around classic outlets like Bloomingdales or upmarket labels like Prada or Stella McCartney.
If you have the money, a Broadway show nearby is always a good option for a pleasant evening. Currently, The Lion King, Cabaret and The Book of Mormon are very popular. If you’re planning on going, be sure to book in advance as you will get better and they are also prone to selling out.
Where to eat
Finding the perfect restaurant in New York can and has driven people to frenzy, but do not worry. Here is a simple plan for a romantic evening meal:
Cheap: Katz’s Delicatessen (Lower East Side)—Jewish deli that opened in 1888. It remains strong and offers a delicious array of simple grub, with many vegetarian options. You’re looking at spending around $10 for a meal.
Mid-range: Uva (Upper East Side)—classy Italian food at reasonable prices. In the Five Boroughs, Italians made their mark. Uva is a place that has a modern exposed brick interior and boasts sumptuous Italian cuisine. Expect to pay $25 a head for a starter, main and drink.
Out of Manhattan (gasp): Roberta’s (Moore Street, Brooklyn)—Pizzeria of epic proportions. Don’t come to NYC and not eat pizza. Roberta’s pizza is wood-fired and calls one of their creations Cheezus Christ, and this act of blasphemy is war rented as it is ethereal.
Where to stay
Accommodation is something that can set many a visitor back, so be prepared to pay a little more than other cities in the U.S. If you shop around, however, you can find a reasonable deal.
What are your recommendations for anyone having a romantic getaway in New York City? Let us know in the comments.