The 6 Most Romantic Spots In New York
New York. It’s arguably the home of romance, with more instagrammed marriage proposals every day than in any other city in the world. But where are the most romantic spots in the city? We asked some of the world’s most prolific dating experts for their favourite places.
Charly Lester is one of Britain’s leading dating experts. The Founder of the UK Dating Awards, and former Global Head of Dating at Time Out, Charly began her career in the dating industry when her blog ‘30 dates‘ went viral. The blog led to an editor’s job at The Guardian, and Charly still presents regular Guardian Masterclasses on blogging. Charly is a weekly columnist for Collectively.org.
Charly Lester is one of the world’s most respected dating industry experts. The founder of the UK, European and US Dating Awards, she splits her time between London and New York.
“I love the High Line. It’s just such a beautiful, creative green space, running right down the side of the city. The High Line is a unique linear park, elevated above Manhattan on a section of the disused New York central railroad. It makes for the perfect relaxed, romantic stroll, with sections overlooking the Hudson River. Kick off your evening with dinner in the West Village, before entering the High Line by the Whitney Museum, and grabbing ice creams for dessert.”
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Julie Spira is CEO of Cyber-Dating Expert, best-selling author and has been coaching singles on finding love for over 20 years.
“Going anywhere in Central Park can be romantic, but a trip to the Loeb Boathouse is at the top of my list. There’s an incredibly romantic restaurant there, the Lakehouse, where you can dine indoors or outdoors with views of the water. You can actually rent a boat for the two of you, or go on a guided gondola tour for a group of up to six people. If you’d rather stay on land, after lunch or brunch, take a romantic walk through the park hand-in-hand and enjoy people watching and the nature.”
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“The Gold Bar, in the NoLita neighbourhood of Manhattan is as opulent as you can get. Think of gold everywhere (including gold skulls!) and you’re on the right track. Is it a bit pretentious? Yep, but that’s the beauty of this place, it’s full of good-looking people looking to have a good time. The venue is roughly split in two; the front is a bar whereas the back room has a more nightclub feel with a DJ pumping out music. At the risk of sounding old the music is loud, very loud, so if you’re looking for a place to go for a quiet drink the Gold Bar is not what you’re after. Instead go here after a great date and you want to continue the party. The best thing about the Gold bar, though, is the cocktails. From the Libra Daiquiri to the Summer Negroni you’ll struggle to find a better cocktail in Manhattan!”
Hunt Ethridge is co-founder of the International Dating Coach Association, head coach at New York Dating Coach and is one of the top male dating experts in the United States.
“One of the most romantic places in NYC is off of the beaten path. It’s Governor’s Island, just off the southern tip of Manhattan. You can get a ferry there and there are so many unique things to do. Every summer there is a jazz-age lawn party with bands, drinks and more. And boy do people have fun there! You can rent bikes-for-two or meander your way around the edge of the island, checking out the breath-taking view. You can also go mini-golfing and visit genuine art exhibits. From picnicking, to relaxing in a hammock, to historic buildings, great food and unique views, Governor’s Island has something for everyone, that everyone doesn’t know about!”
Saskia Nelson is the talent behind internationally acclaimed ‘Saturday Night’s Alright’, the UK’s coolest dating photography business, specialising in creating dating photos that win dates for hundreds of single people. Last year she took her company stateside, taking dating photos all over New York.
“My favourite place in NYC for romance is Coney Island in Brooklyn. I went there on a date with my boyfriend at the end of the summer and it was a beautiful sunny day and the boardwalk was full of lots of interesting New Yorkers and out-of-towners. We had hot dogs and fried shrimp followed by delicious funnel cakes down on the beach. We then checked out a cool hipster art and craft market in a car park next to the funfair and took lots of silly photos. After that, we explored an impromptu disco scene happening around a sound system set up on the boardwalk. It was so much fun, like something out of 1978 when NYC was at its finest.”
Laurie Davis is founder of eFlirt and author of Love @ First Click: The Ultimate Guide to Online Dating.
“Hidden inside Grand Central Terminal, the Whispering Gallery has special acoustics perfect for a romantic, New York moment. Have your honey stand in one corner of the gallery facing the wall and go to the opposite corner yourself. Whisper sweet nothings in the archway and you can privately yet clearly hear each other’s words. My husband took me here for our first Valentine’s Day in NYC and it’s one of my favourite memories. Go later in the evening, after a dinner date nearby, and you may find the Whispering Gallery abandoned, giving you the sense that the grand room is there only for your enjoyment.”