How to Plan a Romantic Day in New York City

by Contributor

New York City is one of the most visited cities in the United States. If traveling with a loved one, there are several different ways in which to have a romantic day in this wonderful city. Planning ahead is crucial to ensuring that your day runs smoothly.

Make reservations at an upscale restaurant. There are a countless number of fine dining institutions in New York City. It is important to choose one and reserve it early. If possible, book your reservation at least two to three weeks in advance. The Opentable site is an excellent resource for making your reservation. As a starting point, you may consider Restaurant Daniel and One if By Land, Two if By Sea (see Resources below).

Visit a museum. This is a great way to start off your romantic day with a loved one. New York City has many museums. The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) is a popular destination (see Resources below). Here, you will be able to see many different art exhibits and collections.

Go shopping. Madison Avenue is a prime spot for window and/or actual shopping. Here, you will find all the high-end designer shops. It is a good opportunity for a lot of hand-holding.

Take a stroll in Central Park. The park offers a tour that highlights the architectural features of the park (see Resources below). Alternatively, you may choose not to go on the tour. Once again, this is an opportunity for a lot of hand-holding and snuggling.

Take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. On Central Park South between 5th and 6th avenues (the southern entrance to Central Park), you will find horse-drawn carriages. A typical ride is about 30 minutes and will allow for time to cuddle with your loved one. At the same time, you will be able to take in the sights.

Go to dinner. If you completed step 1, you should have a reservation to a fine dining restaurant. While dining, make sure to take your time and enjoy your meals. Keep the conversation light and romantic. Ordering a bottle of wine is always a good idea.

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