The Ultimate Couple’s Guide to New York City: Plan a Romantic Getaway to the Big Apple

The Ultimate Couple’s Guide to New York City: Plan a Romantic Getaway to the Big Apple

New York City, the city that never sleeps, is the ideal destination for an unforgettable romantic adventure. Known for its iconic skyline and vibrant culture, this city offers a boatload of electrifying experiences designed to spark that romance and fan the flames of your connection.

This guide will walk you through our best spots, things to do, places to stay and of course, to eat on a couples holiday in New York. Whether it’s romance, adventure, or creativity you’re looking for, this guide will provide you with everything you need to enjoy a gorgeous getaway with that someone special.

Ignite Your Love with NYC Experiences for Romance-Seeking Couples

couple enjoying Central park carriage ride in NYC

On New York holidays, every corner harbours an opportunity for romance. Here are three unique romantic experiences guaranteed to make your hearts flutter:

Central Park Carriage Ride:

This timeless tradition is a quintessential NYC romantic experience. A horse-drawn carriage ride through Central Park lets you soak in the lush beauty of the park while cuddling under a warm blanket. It’s located in Central Park South and costs around $100 for a 25-minute ride. Tip: Book a night ride for a magical tour under the stars.

Metropolitan Opera House:

Experience a world-renowned opera house with traditional and modern performances at the Met, located at Lincoln Center Plaza. Tickets range from $30 to $500, depending on the performance and seating. Insider tip: Dress to impress and arrive early to enjoy a pre-performance glass of champagne.

Sunset Cruise on the Hudson:

Nothing screams romance more than a sunset cruise. Starting at about $50 per person, you can sail around Manhattan, soak in the spectacular skyline, and witness the Statue of Liberty at sunset, with many cruise packages including a glass of bubbly with your ticket. Pro tip: Opt for a dinner cruise for a dining experience to remember.

Adventure-Seeking Experiences for Two in NYC


For the couples with a taste for adrenaline and exploration, New York offers a diverse mix of thrilling activities:

Cycling the Brooklyn Bridge:

Rent a bike from around $10 per hour and pedal your way from Manhattan to Brooklyn, enjoying the breathtaking views. Pro tip: Avoid the crowds and busy New York traffic and enjoy a smoother ride by starting your cycling journey early in the morning.

If you fancy a break from cycling, stop by the Brooklyn Bridge Park, where you’ll find outdoor hammocks and swings which make for the perfect spot to watch the sunset in Manhattan.

The Summit Experience:

Embark on a multi-sensory journey at The Summit Experience. Be amazed by an unparalleled view of the city’s dazzling skyline from the top of One Vanderbilt – the city’s fourth-tallest skyscraper.

The experience begins with a thrilling elevator ride to the 91st floor, where floor-to-ceiling windows present a 360-degree panorama of the city. The experience is enhanced with immersive exhibitions and innovative design elements, making a visit to Summit not just about the incredible views, but a unique exploration of New York’s history, culture, and indomitable spirit.


Unleashing your Inner Artists with NYC Experiences Tailor-Made for Creative Lovebirds

Couple at Painting Class

For couples who love to explore the world through an artistic lens, New York city breaks offer a treasure trove of creative experiences:

Art Studio NY:

Located on the Upper West Side, couples can take art classes starting at around $20 per person. From oil painting to drawing, unleash your inner artist and surprise each other with a masterpiece inspired by your trip together. Insider tip: Try the BYOB painting class for a bit more confidence with the paintbrush.

Jazz Night at Smalls:

Immerse yourselves in a captivating evening at Smalls, a legendary jazz club nestled in the heart of the West Village. Offering an authentic taste of NYC’s vibrant jazz scene, Smalls has played host to numerous renowned artists, cementing its reputation in the music community. The cover charge is a modest $20, a bargain for the calibre of performances. Insider tip: Arrive early as the venue is intimate and fills up fast.

Film Forum:

Located on the culturally rich Houston Street, the Film Forum stands as a beacon for film aficionados. This cinema, known for its vibrant character, offers an eclectic selection of independent and classic films that are hard to find elsewhere. The atmosphere here is intimate and welcoming, making for an excellent backdrop to your unique date night. Tickets are reasonably priced at around $15 per person.

Insider tip: Check out their foreign film screenings for a unique date night.

NYC’s Top Accommodations for Love-Struck Couples

  1. Plaza hotel
  2. Whether you’re looking for luxury or affordability, NYC’s hospitality scene has something for every couple. Here’s our favourite hotels in New York City:

    Arlo SoHo Hotel

    The Arlo SoHo is a boutique hotel in the trendy SoHo neighbourhood of New York City.

    The hotel’s minimalist, yet stylish, rooms feature large windows for panoramic city views, creating an intimate setting perfect for couples.

    The Arlo’s charm lies in its communal spaces – from a lush courtyard to a rooftop bar with spectacular cityscape views – ideal for romantic evenings. Its location allows for leisurely strolls through SoHo’s cobblestone streets, exploring chic boutiques, art galleries, and unique eateries.


    Located in the heart of Manhattan, the Kixby is an elegant blend of historical charm and modern luxury.

    Its rooms feature vintage-inspired interiors, comfortable plush beds, and high-end amenities that provide a comfortable, intimate retreat. Kixby’s highlight for couples is the panoramic view from its rooftop lounge, Lot 15, offering an intimate setting to enjoy cocktails while taking in the breathtaking skyline.

    Its location near Herald Square means you’re only steps away from renowned New York attractions like the Empire State Building and Broadway theatres in Times Square.

    Fitzpatrick Grand Central

    Just a stone’s throw from Grand Central Terminal station, the Fitzpatrick Grand Central offers a blend of Irish charm with New York sophistication.

    The rooms are elegantly decorated and feature luxurious amenities, providing a haven of calm amid the city buzz.

    For couples, the allure is the private outdoor patio attached to the Wheeltapper Pub – a rare find in Manhattan – making it an ideal spot for a romantic drink under the city lights. Its central location allows couples to explore the city with ease, adding convenience to the charm.

    A Foodie Love Affair at NYC’s Top Eateries

    Couple Eating Pizza

  3. From cheap eats to fine dining, NYC’s culinary scene is unrivalled. Here are three places where couples can enjoy a delicious meal:

    Joe’s Pizza:

    Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, Joe’s Pizza is a landmark in its own right. Celebrated for serving some of the most iconic New York-style pizza for over four decades, it’s a must-visit spot on any NYC trip. For only $3 per slice you won’t regret stopping by. Insider tip: Opt for the fresh mozzarella slice.

    Gramercy Tavern:

    Nestled in the Flatiron district, the Michelin-starred Gramercy Tavern offers an exceptional dining experience. The menu, influenced by seasonal local produce, provides an upscale take on classic American cuisine. Prices for these sophisticated dishes typically range between $30-$40.

    Insider tip: Opt for the tasting menu to explore an array of Chef Michael Anthony’s finest creations, paired perfectly with their impressive selection of wines.

    Le Bernardin:

    Situated in bustling Midtown, Le Bernardin is a three-Michelin-starred French seafood restaurant renowned for its exceptional dishes. Under the helm of acclaimed Chef Eric Ripert, it presents an exquisite seafood-centric menu starting around $160 per person. The meticulously crafted dishes highlight the freshness and natural flavours of the ocean’s bounty. Insider tip: Make sure to reserve well ahead and opt for the Chef’s tasting menu, offering a multisensory journey through the artful cuisine of Chef Ripert.

    Discover More

    With our guide we hope you’re already itching to pack your bags, grab your other half and jet off for a trip of a lifetime. We know that every romantic journey starts with a single step, and in New York City, every step is an exploration of love, passion, and shared experiences.

    Speak to one of our travel agents today, and make that first step to plan your dream romantic getaway to the Big Apple. Here’s to love in the city that makes dreams come true!

By Paula McMullan

Personal Travel Planner

Favourite Destination: New York City

I love a trip to New York City, the big apple never disappoints. A must see destination with incredible diversity, vibrancy and entertainment, There’s truly something for everyone in New York. Personally I love to eat in Little Italy or just spend the evening watching the world go by in Greenwich Village while sipping a glass of red in one of their many bistros. The energy and pace of this fantastic city that will capture you heart immediately, the shopping is not bad either!