Couples, whether out on a first date or celebrating an anniversary, will find a number of romantic things to do in New York City, but it is when the sun goes down that the sparks fly and the magic of the city comes alive.
World Yacht Dinner Cruises
Since 1981, couples looking for a unique romantic night-time escape have sailed along the New York City waterways aboard the World Yacht. One of the most popular cruises is the dinner cruise, perfect for that special evening of love.
The full dinner menu features luxurious fare such as Prime Filet Mignon and Pumpkin Ravioli in a saffron cream sauce. The menu also includes an appetizer and dessert. After dinner, guests dance the night away with the tunes from the on-board DJ or live music such as rock bands, jazz ensembles and string ensembles.
Sailing along the Hudson River with the lights of New York City shining brightly behind the boat, guests get an up-close view of the Statue Of Liberty before heading up the East River to the Brooklyn Bridge.
World Yacht Marina Pier 81, West 41st St. New York, NY 10036 worldyacht.com
Top Of The Rock
While not as high of an observatory as the Empire State Building, the Top Of The Rock observatory at Rockefeller Center is a popular place to go. At 70 stories high, the deck gives a gorgeous panoramic view of the city from the woodlands of Central Park all the way south to the South Street Seaport. The deck is open nightly until midnight, offering guests comfortable nighttime viewing.
The Top Of The Rock is open 365 days of the year in all types of weather, although extreme weather may close portions of the deck. While there is no restaurant or bar up on the deck, there are a number of options in Rockefeller Center. Guests may purchase tickets in advance online or by calling the box office. Tickets purchased in advanced give guests a specific time slot for their viewing experience.
Top Of The Rock 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, NY 10112 212-698-2000 topoftherocknyc.com
Located in the same space where Texas Guinan operated her Prohibition-era speakeasy, Flute Bar offers a romantic ambiance during the early evenings and then morphs into a sexy atmosphere in the late night. Visitors dance on the weekends to the live music presented by a DJ or jazz ensembles. The bar features plush comfortable furniture and lots of space with nooks and corners, giving couples a feeling of privacy. An extensive list of wines, wine-based cocktails and champagnes highlight a menu with appetizers, fruits, cheeses and sushi.
Flute recommends table reservations. The bar opens at 4 p.m. every day and closes at 2 a.m. on Sundays through Wednesdays, 3 a.m. on Thursdays and 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Flute Midtown 205 West 54th St. New York, NY 10019 212-265-5169 flutebar.com