Most Romantic Spots in New York City
Updated January 2022
Romance Is in the NYC Air
Crisp yet charming days and enchanting, amorous nights signal the season of paying homage to romance. New couples and long-loved romantic partners alike are gearing up to celebrate their personal relationships — and a romantic date in New York City is one of the best places to do so.
For the perfect photo-op, a dreamy dining experience and idyllic entertainment options, look no further than to Archer Hotel’s chef concierge, Jacob Cerda, who has compiled a select list of the most romantic spots and best restaurants in Manhattan.
Sutton Place Park
While the “Manhattan” characters played by Diane Keaton and Woody Allen talk quietly on a bench facing the Queensboro Bridge, the audience, too, is treated to one of the city’s great — and iconic — views. Sutton Place Park at East 58th Street may not be home to the exact park bench that was in the movie, and the scenery may have slightly shifted since the film (Allen’s love letter to New York City) was released in 1979, but the picture-perfect backdrop still exists in spectacular form.
The Observation Deck — Empire State Building
Yes, it makes every list of the most romantic spots in New York City, and for good reason: The Empire State Building is so completely ingrained in the city’s history and skyline, as well as being a star attraction in so many classic films. And with the 365-degree view afforded so high above Manhattan, it’s easy to see why it’s one of New York’s most romantic spots for photos, day and night.
It’s also one of the most photographed buildings in the world. The open-air Observation Deck in on the 86th floor and is immediately recognizable from such movies as “Sleepless in Seattle” and “The Producers.” You can choose which part of Manhattan you prefer for your photo’s backdrop — or snap several shots to capture it all. For an even more elevated experience, visit the Top Deck on the 102nd floor.
Although the rowboats and gondola rides in Central Park are only available for rent April through November, The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park is a fabulous spot for a romantic photo-op. The boathouse is the only venue right on the lake, affording beautiful photography in a natural setting right in the middle of Manhattan. It’s also a short walk to the iconic Bethesda Fountain. After capturing the perfect snapshot, enjoy a creative menu and outstanding service at the Lakeside Restaurant, enjoying the view indoors and out.
“If you take a ferry ride to Jersey City, the views of Manhattan cannot be beat,” said Bosco. Just a short ride from either downtown or midtown Manhattan, the NY Waterway ferries transport travelers from Harborside, NJ, across the Hudson while putting Manhattan’s amazing views on display. If you’re looking for things to do in New York with your SO and wanting an iconic backdrop for your Manhattan photo-op, this is it.
New York Botanical Garden
Romance is about more than a cozy meal, isn’t it? Why not take your oh, so significant other to the New York Botanical Garden for a romantic stroll? The National Historic Landmark is a short metro or subway ride north of Manhattan, in the Bronx.
An All-Garden Pass includes access to current garden exhibitions, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the Rock Garden (seasonally) and Native Plant Garden, a Tram Tour, the garden grounds and three art galleries. The Garden’s 250 acres are open in all weather conditions, so dress accordingly and wear comfy shoes. And by all means, bring a hand-held camera; personal photography is allowed and the gardens make a lovely setting.
High atop the Museum of Arts and Design is Robert — a restaurant with flair for modern beauty, aesthetics and culinary artistry. The space overlooks Central Park and Columbus Circle and is dressed simply in jeweled tones. Along with the view, signature cocktails and a mouthwatering menu set the mood. The presentation of the cuisine is exceptional in every way and Insta-worthy, no doubt. But who needs phones when you have a romantic setting such as Robert?
A quintessentially romantic dinner date happens at The House. In the Gramercy neighborhood, this restored 1854 carriage house has three floors, with a fireplace in the parlor to greet guests and the main dining room on the second floor. An American nouveau menu amidst an upscale, old-world ambiance makes for an intimate, unforgettable experience. Raves about the Deviled Egg Tasting abound.
Where fine dining meets traditional steakhouse, you’ll find STK Midtown. Whether you choose to be seated in the bar, the lounge or the dining area, you’ll receive attentive service in an upscale, modern atmosphere. And the food? The complimentary garlic bread brings high praise. The steaks have been described as “on point” and “the BOMB” (in a very, very good way). And it’s been called “a steakhouse even non-carnivores can love.”
Fine and Rare
Live jazz, rare spirits, tasty cocktails and an enticing menu? Yes, please. Fine and Rare is exactly that. Guests experience Old New York’s art deco style, with a huge selection of scotch, bourbon, rye, tequila, mezcal, rum and brandy lining its walls. A seasonal menu highlights items sourced from local farms. A rotating cheese and charcuterie selection features limited-edition cheeses, as well as rare and exotic meats.
A unique calling card: its Bottle Keep™ program. Purchase a favorite bottle from Fine and Rare and enjoy as much as you’d like at your table. When you’ve had enough, Fine and Rare tags it with your name and stores it safely. How’s that for building a clientele?
Spyglass® Rooftop Bar
Romance is in the air at Archer Hotel’s divine rooftop bar. With a stunning view of the Empire State Building, mixologists with a knack for creating the perfect nightcap and an enchanting bygone-era ambiance, Spyglass Rooftop Bar may be one of the most romantic spots for date night in New York City.
In midtown Manhattan close to Bryant Park, the Theatre District and Times Square — and with the sartorial gastropub AVA Social on the first floor — Archer wins at love. Share romance and bar bites, head up to Spyglass for a handcrafted cocktail with a knockout view and stay overnight in one of Archer’s luxe guest rooms or suites. Breakfast in bed? Why not?
Wishing you the best lighting, the finest gastronomical experience and all the romance you hope for in this magical city.