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The 5 Most Romantic Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day 2019 in New York City

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|by Mark Robinson |


Treat your significant other to the best of what NYC has to offer

Feb. 14th is just around the corner, and with it comes the holiday for sweethearts and lovers. Where can you find a multitude of romantic ways to celebrate with your special valentine? Why, New York City, of course! The city, with its magical lights, its fine dining and its plethora of entertainment possibilities, offers so many options for spending the perfect Valentine’s Day. Here are some great ways to use the city to your romantic advantage for an unforgettable romantic excursion in the Big Apple.

Here are some of the most romantic activities NYC has to offer (Photo: iStock)

Here are some of the most romantic activities NYC has to offer (Photo: iStock)

The Classic
If money is no object, and you really want to impress your Valentine, why not book a room at The Plaza Hotel, and then go on a carriage ride through Central Park? In the dead of winter, the park’s scenery can amount to a winter wonderland, and remind you why the Big Apple is one of the most beautiful places to visit. Stop for some roasted cashews or chestnuts from a street vendor, glide merrily along sipping coffee or hot chocolate, then curl up nice and cozy at one of New York’s premiere hotels.

The Bridge Between Two Hearts
If money IS an object, and you are looking for something to do that has maximum impact while putting minimum strain on your wallet, consider taking your Valentine for a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset. It might be a little cold this time of year, so be sure to bundle up, but nothing beats that ethereal glow as the sun creates an orange sky over the East River. Bonus points if you surprise the object of your affection with jewelry at the halfway point. At the very least, be prepared with a hot beverage and a warm embrace.

The Broadway Baby
What could be more romantic than dinner at one of the Theater District’s fine eateries, like Sardi’s or Orso, then following the meal with two tickets to one of Broadway’s best plays or musicals? There are plenty of romantic shows currently running on Broadway, such as Pretty Woman, Aladdin or The Phantom of the Opera to set the perfect Valentine’s Day mood. A trip to Schmackary’s cookie shop is a post-show must, as is indulging in their delicious wares and intoxicating aromas. Who needs a box of chocolates when there are Maple Bacon and Red Velvet cookies to deliver all the sweetness your holiday needs? 

The Scenic Route to Amour
Instead of wandering the city, why not take a romantic few hours taking a journey around it? Circle Line Tours offers “Harbor Lights with Your Honey,” a visual feast that allows you to drink in the New York City skyline by night this Valentine’s Day. Complimentary beverages and chocolate-covered strawberries are a part of the package, guaranteed to land Cupid’s arrow square in the heart of your loved one. Imagine stealing a kiss with the sparkling towers, landmarks and memorials of New York City as your backdrop.

The Romantic Comedy Scavenger Hunt
Taking a more unconventional approach to Valentine’s Day, why not spend the day with your significant other on a New York City scavenger hunt, searching for locales where famous romantic scenes from the movies were filmed? Head to the top of the Empire State Building (Sleepless in Seattle), drink some coffee and eat a pastry outside of Tiffany’s (Breakfast at Tiffany’s), have lunch at Katz’s Delicatessen (the site of the famed “I’ll have what she’s having” scene from When Harry Met Sally), and enjoy a romantic dinner at Café Lalo (You’ve Got Mail). So many films have been made in the Big Apple, you can simply fill your day visiting these romantic memories of the big screen. You can even take a guided tour of famous NYC filming locations if you choose.

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.

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