We asked some of our featured contributors to share their most romantic rendezvous in NYC. We hope they inspire you to get out and do something sweet on Valentine’s Day.
I’ve never had the pleasure of spending Valentine’s Day in NYC, but I have had some wonderful romantic moments there. If I had to pick the most perfect romantic experience, it would be the day my husband and I took our afternoon gelato from Chelsea Market and walked the High Line on a gorgeous warm Fall day, watching the people go by and marveling at the city. We had dinner at the always spectacular and romantic Osteria Morini, and finished with a nightcap back at our hotel, the Ritz-Carlton in Battery Park. Glorious. —Stacey Ballis
My most romantic memory in NYC is at the restaurant One If By Land Two If By Sea because that’s where my adorable husband got down on one knee and proposed to me 20 years ago this month! —Susie Orman Schnall
Having recently made the move to Los Angeles from New York, and seeing as how it is my first Valentine’s Day as a Newlywed, I can no longer depend on the tried and true V-Day rituals of our home city: a romantic Spa Day at Aire in Tribeca or a cocktail high above the city at the Mandarin Oriental Lobby Bar in a little red dress. But love is about excitement, adventure, a spontaneous explosi -on of naughty sexy, so this Valentine’s Day will be perfect, as it’s new, it’s unknown, and mysterious. Perhaps we’ll take in a burlesque show at The Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice or a black and white film at the Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax, so we can make out in the dark, like, well… Newlyweds. Maybe an intimate table for two at Mozza on Melrose for some hometown pizza and vino. Or, we’ll just stay at home and snuggle into our new place, candlelit and overlooking our new city, happy to be together in love. —Jess Zaino
My favorite romantic place in Manhattan isn’t actually IN Manhattan. It’s right across the East River, nestled cozily under the famous Brooklyn Bridge. The River Cafe provides even jaded New Yorkers with that which we love most: an unparalleled view of our beloved city. It’s a floating wonder, a ‘special occasion’ place featuring some of the best entrees I’ve enjoyed in the city. Best part? Their signature chocolate Brooklyn Bridge dessert. Happy Valentine’s Day indeed! —Elizabeth Flock
Years ago, Bouley provided one of my most memorable dining experiences with an Italian beau! With such sensual and delicate ingredients at-hand, it didn’t make a bit of difference that he didn’t speak a lick of English. With flying arches above this intimate TriBeCa restaurant, Bouley truly is the quintessential fabulous food lovers’ hideaway. Seriously, what more does one need for a romantic and decadent Valentine’s nibble? So allow your taste buds a glorious vacation of love. Don’t Worry, Eat Happy! —Mindy Kobrin
I think that the Pier 1 cafe in Riverside Park at West 70th is wonderfully romantic in the summer. Everyone sits outside and you find yourself surrounded by quintessentially New York type of conversation. Where better to fall in love? — Eloisa James