Films such as “When Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Kissing Jessica Stein” set up New York City as a place for love, romance and dating, but often with complications. In real life, NYC offers couples amazing places to go on a date or to rekindle their romance. If you and your boyfriend have been in a dating rut or haven’t hit the town together in a while, plan an impressive date night (or day) that will remind you both why you love each other.
Bookish Date at the Library
You don’t need to be researching an obscure topic to enjoy a visit to the Schwarzman Building, the iconic branch of the New York Public Library located behind Bryant Park. The building itself is a beauty to behold, with its Beaux Arts style, the classic lion statues greeting you at the front and the reading room with its wood tables and classic green lamps. Check out the current exhibitions on display throughout the building during your visit.
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Add a touch of romance to your date by enjoying lunch or dinner in Bryant Park afterwards. Pick up sandwiches from ‘wichcraft and have a picnic in the park, or a more formal meal in the dining room or on the terrace of the Bryant Park Grill. If it’s wintertime, bring the date to a close by ice skating in the free rink in the park.
Classic Broadway Night Out
If your boyfriend or husband loves all things Broadway, settle in for a classic NYC date by taking him to dinner and a show. Use Telecharge.com to get the best seats possible to a Broadway musical, such as the popular “Book of Mormon” or the long-running hit “Chicago.” Before or after the show, enjoy a romantic dinner for two at the Russian Tea Room or the Four Seasons.
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Movie on the Pier
Sometimes, a date doesn’t have to be flashy or expensive to be romantic and charming. Wow your beau in the summertime by taking him to Red Hook, Brooklyn to catch a film on the pier, under the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, as part of the Red Hook Flicks series. The series shows movies at dusk on Valentino Pier in July and August. Although there’s no subway that goes to Red Hook, you can get there by taking the Ikea water taxi from Manhattan or by hopping on the B61 bus from the Borough Hall subway station.
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Get a bit domestic before the film by hitting up Ikea Brooklyn. Regardless if you live together, you and your partner can spend an hour or so perusing the inexpensive furniture and decor finds at the store. Enjoy an early and ridiculously inexpensive dinner at the Ikea cafe, before heading to the pier to watch the sunset before the movie starts.
Day at the Cloisters
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Take the train all the way uptown, to 190th street to visit the Cloisters, and get instantly transported back in time. Part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters focuses on the architecture and art of medieval Europe in a peaceful setting. You and your boyfriend might actually forget you’re in the city. In the spring through fall, enjoy lunch at the Trie Cafe, overlooking the lovely garden area. When touring the Cloisters, you can wander through the 2,000-item collection on your own or take a guided tour.
Author Bio: Mike Burns is an auto mechanic and father of three from New York.