The 8 Most Romantic Spots in NYC That Won’t Make You Want to Hurl
We’re crushing hard on these guys
Ready or not, here it comes: Valentine’s Day.
This year, you can do better than a visit to the crowded Central Park duck pond, a 10:45 p.m. reservation at One If By Land, Two If By Sea or a standing-room-only frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity 3.
Behold, eight romantic (and underrated) places in the city we’re head-over-heels for.
UNWIND AT AIRE ANCIENT BATHS
Check into this hidden oasis and you’ll enter a secret land of warm pools, saunas, massages and aromatherapy. Best mini-vacation ever.
88 Franklin St. (at Park Ave.); 212-274-3777 or ancientbathsny.com
SIP COCKTAILS AT DEAR IRVING
If the ethereal scenes in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris made you swoon, pop in for a bubbly Vice Versa (gin, grapefruit, bitters, pamplemousse liqueur and rosé cava) at this intimate, impeccably designed lounge inspired by the film.
55 Irving Pl. (at 18th St.); dearirving.com
SAMPLE TREATS IN NATURE AT WAVE HILL
Believe it or not, this sprawling 28-acre estate is in the Bronx, only about a half-hour drive from Midtown. And if you go on V-Day, you get admission to the grounds and an intimate chocolate-and-wine tasting for $39 bucks thanks to Gilt City.
249th St., Bronx; 718-549-3200 or wavehill.org
STARGAZE AT HAYDEN PLANETARIUM
Kick back and survey the stars Rebel Without a Cause-style with your one-and-only. The Museum of Natural History is doing a special “Romance Under the Stars” evening in honor of Valentine’s Day, but it’s pretty romantic anytime you go (except at like, noon on a school day). While you’re there, stop by the Butterfly Conservatory.
Central Park West and 79th St.; 212-769-5100 or amnh.org
GET JAZZY AT LE FANFARE
It’s a little off the beaten path in Greenpoint, but hear us out: Grab a candle-lit booth in the corner, drink red wine and nosh on arugula gnocchi while a live jazz band plays.
1103 Manhattan Ave. (at Dupont St.), Brooklyn; 347-987-4244 or lefanfare.com
GO ZEN AT CHERRY IZAKAYA
Dining is a serene experience from start to finish at this sexy Kyoto sushi bar, from the warm wood interior to the thoughtfully presented dishes (come on, just look at those gorgeous balls of deliciousness).
138 N. Eighth St. (at Bedford Ave.), Brooklyn; 347-889-6300 or cherryizakaya.com
DO LUNCH AT THE LITTLE OWL
Nestled away in one of the cutest corners of the West Village, this Mediterranean café is the best spot to grab a kale and potato fritattini on a chilly afternoon.
90 Bedford St. (at Grove St.); 212-741-4695 or thelittleowlnyc.com
PRETEND YOU’RE FRENCH AT LA SIRENE
If we were going to star in our own romantic comedy, we’d definitely have our first date at this charming French bistro. Order mussels steamed in white wine, steak tartare and banana brûlée for dessert. Mmm, love is delicious.
558 Broome St. (at Sixth Ave.); 212-925-3061 or lasirenenyc.com