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Paris may have already won the title “City of Love,” but honestly, New York City could easily compete. There’s a reason Harry met Sally in New York (check out Katz’s Delicatessen to sit in the exact booth where they met). If you know where to go, this concrete jungle is actually awash with dreamy, heart-eyed stares and disgustingly cute couples stealing kisses. We’ve come up with a list of the most romantic spots in NYC for every type of date.

For the traditionalist…

There is no place more emblematic of classic romance than Central Park. You can easily pass an entire day strolling past its various sights hand-in-hand, being disgustingly cute. Of course, a stop at the Loeb Boathouse to ride the rowboats together is a must, but be sure to spend some time lounging on the Great Lawn too. If you prefer not to go out on the water, you can head over to the Conservatory Water pond and race toy sailboats while enjoying a glass of wine from the refreshments stand.

Twitter: @CentralParkNYC

For the thrill-seeker…

Take the long ride on the F-train out to Coney Island for some good old fashioned fun. Grab a hot dog at Nate’s, win a teddy bear at one of the carnival games, get some photos in an old photo booth, and make sure to get your fortune told by Zoltar. When you’re ready for an adrenaline rush, hit up the Cyclone, Coney Island’s historic wooden roller coaster. If you’re looking for a real thrill, check out one of New York’s many helicopter tours. Dangle your feet 1,500 feet in the air as you sail over New York’s tallest skyscrapers and enjoy sweeping views of Manhattan Island from above.

Twitter: @ConeyIsland

For the killer views…

Speaking of incredible views, you don’t have to fly high to get them in New York City. In fact, one of the best ways to see the glory of Manhattan from afar is from the water. There are endless options for harbor cruises, but NYC Sunset Sails are particularly romantic, as you get to enjoy the golden hour on board a 1920s style yacht.

If you prefer to enjoy your skylines from land, the Empire State Building is a classic. For equally impressive yet more affordable rooftop views, head over to 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar. Their 360° views can be enjoyed year-round thanks to their ample heaters and fuzzy robes. Finally, some of the most jaw-dropping views of the city can be had for the price of a metro ticket by riding the Roosevelt Island tram.

Twitter: @EmpireStateBldg, @230FIFTHRooftop, @RooseveltIsland

For a nice daytime stroll…

The Highline is easily one of Manhattan’s most beloved places to go for a stroll. Arguably as enjoyable and lively as Central Park, the Highline gives you the chance to walk above the city surrounded by interesting art, beautiful landscaping, and food and beverage vendors. If its greenery and flora you’re after, spend an afternoon at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Close out the day with a trip to Brooklyn Bridge Park, one of the best places in New York to catch the sunset. Stick around until it gets dark, and you’ll be rewarded with incredible views of the Manhattan skyline at night.

Twitter: @highlinenyc, @BklynBotanic, @BklynBrdgPark

For the cultured couple…

Between wide open galleries filled with classical sculpture and endless hallways of the world’s most coveted artwork, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is easily one of the most romantic spots in Manhattan. Be sure to head up to the rooftop for a cocktail, stunning views over Central Park, and the latest outdoor exhibit. In the summertime, try your hand at winning a pair of free tickets to see world-class productions of Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater. The outdoor setting in Central Park makes it extra special, and you’re allowed to bring in your own food and bottles of wine for a little pre-show picnic. For an unlikely date spot, head to the New York Public Library and wander their magnificent book-lined halls.

Twitter: @metmuseum, @PublicTheaterNY, @Nypl

For the classy couple…

Mark your summer calendars: the city’s annual Jazz Age Lawn Party is, without a doubt, one of the most delightful ways to spend a weekend in New York. Don your 1920s attire and head to Governor’s Island to enjoy fantastic live performances, gourmet picnics, a bottle of rosé, and fun activities like vintage portraits, old school dance lessons, and even a croquet tournament. For something a little more low-key, head to Rooftop Reds in Brooklyn, the world’s first rooftop vineyard. Enjoy wine tasting events, farm-to-table dinners, rooftop movies, and even sunset yoga.

Twitter: @Jazzagenyc, @RooftopReds

If you’re looking to enjoy the greener side of New York with your sweetheart, check out the best parks in NYC that aren’t Central Park.

About :

Elizabeth writes on arts and entertainment, travel and lifestyle, and finance and business. She has a knack (read: obsession) for finding the best deals, travel hacks, and hidden gems everywhere she goes, which she blogs about at Temporary Provisions. You can find her playing the urban romantic in NYC, downing Stumptown coffee in her hometown of Portland, OR, or retreating from the madness in the rain forests of Costa Rica. To see more of her work, visit her personal website.

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