Your anniversary date ideas in NYC have to be better than the regular-old dinner and a movie. And in New York City, you go big or go home. We say skip the romantic restaurants in favor of something more exciting: perhaps a chef’s table experience at a Michelin-starred restaurant, cooking classes for complete newbies or close-up magic in one of the most romantic hotels in NYC. Read on for our favorite anniversary date ideas.
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Best anniversary date ideas in NYC
Fancy prix fixes are a dime a dozen, but The Modern’s chef table experience takes bespoke dining to new heights. Couples liaise with the restaurant’s management team on likes and dislikes before the meal, so when chef Abram Bissell prepares an approximately 10-course dinner, it is both sui-generis and, of course, delicious. A seat smack-dab in the middle of the kitchen means you won’t miss a single culinary magic trick, either.
Why drink wine when you can bathe in it? At this luxe spa in Tribeca, you and your partner will begin with a soak in a heady bath of tempranillo grape concentrate while receiving scalp and facial massages. The dip is followed by an hour-long couples’ massage and finally, a 90-minute session through the spa’s four pools and steam room.
For home brew aficionados (or lovers of all things Teutonic), spending a night with Paulaner’s brewmaster Justin Meyers is a date you won’t soon forget. The experience includes not only a tour of the facilities led by Meyer (and his encyclopedic knowledge of suds), but also beer-tasting flights, a three-course German meal and a take-home growler of your favorite tipple.
One of the most accomplished sleight of hand magicians working today, Steve Cohen’s Chamber Magic is a must for anyone interested in prestidigitation. Harkening back to the golden era of “parlor entertainment” from the early 1900s, Cohen’s intimate show requires cocktail attire and limits attendees to 60 so that everyone is witness to his mind-boggling tricks. A move to the Lotte New York Palace from the Waldorf Astoria means the show is more glamorous than ever.
What better way to celebrate another year together than by recreating the most memorable meal of your lives? At this charming Chelsea cooking school and café, couples can book Executive Chef David Mawhinney to replicate their exact wedding menu, which is then served in the romantic private dining room. And for those looking for something more hands-on (pun intended), the school also offers private, entirely customizable cooking classes.
Say goodbye to sticky seats and hello to oversized reclining leather chairs when you and your beloved take in dinner and a movie at iPic Fulton Market, a luxury movie theater. Tickets come with unlimited popcorn, cozy blankets and pillows, and gourmet bites from three-time James Beard Award winner Sherry Yard, all delivered straight to your seat by the uber-quiet servers.