In Love...in the Big Apple



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You don’t have to wait for Valentine’s Day to roll around again. With a little planning, and the right companion, any weekend in New York can be a romantic escape. This trip avoids most of the usual tourist destinations (too crowded and hectic) in favor of a more relaxed exploration of the city.

Author: Sarah


Day 1 - New York


For a cozy home base during your romantic New York City weekend, try The Marcel, or, for more of a splurge, The W at Union Square, both located near lovely (gated) Gramercy Park, Union Square and a plethora of great restaurants like A Voce and Craft, where you can dine a deux on the night of your arrival (be sure to reserve!). For a more casual but no less romantic dinner, try the inventive Indian tapas and tasty cocktails on offer at The Bread Bar at Tabla.


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Marcel (The)

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Location:

201 E 24th St
(at Third Avenue)
New York, NY 10011

Contact:

tel: +1 212 696 3800
fax: +1 212 696 0077
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W Union Square

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Location:

201 Park Ave S
(at 17th Street)
New York, NY 10003

Contact:

tel: +1 212 253 9119
fax: +1 212 253 9229
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A Voce

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Location:

41 Madison Ave
(near 26th Street)
New York, NY 10010

Contact:

tel: 1 212 545 8555
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Craft

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Location:

43 E. 19th St.
(between Broadway and Park Avenue South)
New York, NY 10003

Contact:

tel: 1 212 780 0880 / 1 212 400 6512 (Private Parties)
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Tabla

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Location:

11 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10010

Contact:

tel: 1 212 889 0667 / 1 212 889 0667 (Reservations)
fax: 1 212 889 0914
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Day 2 - New York


After a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood—be sure to check out the bustling Greenmarket in Union Square—head to the West Village. Packed with boutiques, cafes, and restaurants, it’s one of the most pleasant neighborhoods in the city for window-shopping, people watching and dining. Good choices for lunch or dinner are Tartine and The Little Owl. After dinner, if you’re still in the neighborhood, raise a glass at Turks & Frogs, an intimate little wine bar on the outskirts of the formerly seedy Meatpacking District, now a prime zone for nightlife. For a little more culture with your romance, head uptown to the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, home to the Metropolitan Opera and the American Ballet Theatre.


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Tartine

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Location:

253 West 11th Street
(At West 4th Street)
New York, NY 10014

Contact:

tel: 1 212 229 2611
fax: 1 212 229 1972
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Little Owl (The)

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Location:

90 Bedford Street
(corner of Bedford and Grove)
New York, NY 10014

Contact:

tel: 1 212 741 4695
fax: 1 212 741 1695
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Turks & Frogs

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Location:

323 West 11th Street
Between Greenwich and Washington Streets
New York, NY 10014

Contact:

tel: 212 691 8875
fax: +1 212 691 8845
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Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Location:

70 Lincoln Center Plaza
West 62nd & 65th Streets, Upper West Side
New York, NY 10023

Contact:

tel: 212 875 5000
fax: 212 875 5468
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Metropolitan Opera House

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Location:

30 Lincoln Center Plaza
Between 62nd and 65th Streets, Lincoln Center
New York, NY 10023

Contact:

tel: 212 362 6000 (Tickets) / 212 799 3100 (Office)
fax: 212 870 7695
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Day 3 - New York


One romantic New York City spot is not to be missed: Central Park. In the winter, try ice-skating on Wollman Rink; in spring or summer, have a drink or lunch in the boathouse. Those more nostalgic visitors (or just the hopeless romantics) can take one of those famous horse-drawn carriage rides they always show in the movies. After your day in Manhattan, head to Brooklyn for dinner at the River Cafe, a longtime favorite that boasts some pretty impressive views of the city skyline—when it’s warm, skip dessert at the restaurant and take ice cream from the neighboring Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory on a walk in Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park for some more breathtaking views.


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Central Park

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Location:

Central Park Driveway
The Central Park Conservancy
New York, NY 10022

Contact:

tel: +1 212 310 6600
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Empire - Fulton Ferry State Park

Location:

26 New Dock Street
New York, NY 11201

Contact:

tel: +1 718 858 4708
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Day 4 - New York


On your last morning in New York (until you come back next time) skip room service breakfast and do what New Yorkers do: have brunch. A great neighborhood for weekend brunching is Nolita (North of Little Italy), just south of Houston Street. Try Public or 24 Prince for brunch, and get one last fix of Big Apple-style window-shopping and people watching while you plan your return trip.


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Public

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Location:

210 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10012

Contact:

tel: 1 212 343 7011
fax: 1 212 343 0918
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24 Prince

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Location:

24 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

Contact:

tel: 1 212 226 8624
fax: +1 212 226 8624
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