non-Cheesy  romantic




People watch at Washington Square Park

Many folks consider this one of the most inviting parks in NYC and come from all over the city to let their hair down and be themselves. The welcoming atmosphere makes Washington Park a great NYC park for people-watching. The energetic mood is contagious and you’ll notice park visitors from all corners of the world.


Catch an evening movie at Bryant Park

In the summer Bryant Park shows free movies hosted on the lawn. The entire field is filled with cheery folks on picnic blankets, it’s the epitome of joy. In terms of romantic things to do in New York City, this one is hard to beat.


Grab a drink at the best bar in the world

Dante Caffe was named the best bar in the world in 2019 and appeared on the list again in 2020.The menu is well curated with small fare and the drinks are perfectly executed.


Catch an epic sunset view from Top of the Rock

The large glass panels offer unobstructed views the NYC skyline, unlike some of the other observation decks in NYC that use fencing — an inexcusable offense! After the epic views, find a spot near by for drinks!


Rent a row boat in Central Park

The Lake in Central Park is as romantic as you can imagine. Rent a rowboat and serenade your special someone amidst the spring blooms or fall leaves while admiring the dramatic New York skyline


Have a picnic in Central Park

If you’d like to feel like a true NYC local, grab a picnic blanket and spread out at Sheep Meadow during the warm spring and summer months, it’s one of the most romantic things to do in NYC! Not only is this date night not cheesy, but you can make it as affordable as you'd like.


Catch a Broadway Show

Yes, Broadway Shows are expensive, but the experience is unforgettable and so romantic. I would suggest budgeting at least one show during your visit to New York City. Something to look into; certain Broadway Shows have a lottery system where you can apply to win free tickets in advance.


Grab drinks at a rooftop bar

New York City’s skyline is famous all over the world, why not linger at a rooftop bar with your special someone while soaking in the breathtaking views of the City That Never Sleeps? There’s so many great rooftop bars to choose from, but a personal favorite (for epic views) is Castell Rooftop Lounge.


Enjoy a cozy french-inspired brunch at Balthazar

Balthazar oozes with charm and coziness and exudes a romantic vibe that is hard to describe in words. The decor and tantalizing smells will transport you to Paris, the City of Love. The food always hits the spot and the curated wine list only adds to the romance. If you’re looking for a romantic thing to do in New York City, make brunch at Balthazar a priority.


Spend an evening at a Jazz club

NYC has a lot of great jazz clubs to choose from, but the music scene in the West Village is hard to beat. Chances are high that you’ll come across talented street performers playing jazz while you walk the neighborhood, but if you’d like to make the occasion special, I suggest making reservations at a jazz club for a night you won't soon forget!

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