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17 spots in NYC with breathtakingly romantic views

From Wave Hill down to Sunset Park, these views will blow the socks off your date.

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver
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As Valentine's Day draws nearer, finding the perfect spot to celebrate your love can be tricky. You could, of course, take them to one of the best romantic bars in NYC or reference our lists of the most unique or fun date ideas. However, if you really want to wow them, take them to where they can experience the beauty of our city first hand.

We've rounded up 17 spots with incredible views of NYC across the boroughs, from Wave Hill down to Sunset Park, that we think will blow the socks off your date.

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  • Theater
  • Performing arts space
  • Upper West Side

The view standing on the Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincon Center is stunning. You're surrounded by its gorgeous fountain and its beautiful buildings where the city's best theater, opera, dance and music performaces are happening. Really wow them by getting tickets to one and spending time walking the plaza afterward, talking about the show.

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  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • Chelsea

Not only is walking the High Line a gorgeous foray into a reclaimed green space overflowing with myriad trees and grasses, it also has brilliant views of the Hudson River and the city lights. Millions clamour for the dazzling views and those who appreciate art can find massive murals, abstract sculptures and a few performance pieces cropping up around and within view of the park. Before dinner in the Meatpacking District or Chelsea or after checking out an art exhibit at one of Chelsea's best galleries, head here.

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  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • Governors Island

Now that Governors Island is open year-round it's easier to take in views of Lower Manhattan and New York Harbor from its shores. Take a day trip to the island where you can ride bikes, sip on cocktails and take it all in with your beloved. Where else can you have a picnic directly across from the Statue of Liberty?

  • Bars
  • Hotel bars
  • Greenpoint
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Westlight, a stylish glass box capping the neighborhood’s tallest skyscraper, is 22 stories up and has one of the best views of the skyline in the entire city. It's sixteen stories higher than the nearby rooftop bar Ides at the Wythe Hotel and offers sweeping views of three boroughs (Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan). A wraparound terrace—encased with a plexiglass railing and dotted with bright-yellow viewfinders for sky-high people-watching—is fixed with lounge chairs for warmer weather, but when the chill sets in, the best seats in the house are the low-slung leather couches and velvet banquettes set directly in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows. Sit back and enjoy the show below with your boo.

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  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • Red Hook

When you want gorgeous views without the crowds, you will want to head to this Red Hook park that overlooks Buttermilk Channel. The park has views of the Statue of Liberty, Governor's Island, the Manhattan skyline and Staten Island. During the summer, the Red Hook Boaters (redhookboaters.org) offer free, first-come first-served kayaking sessions, while Red Hook Flicks (redhookflicks.com) screen gratis outdoor movies. 

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  • Parks and gardens
  • Washington Heights

Whether you live uptown or you're visiting The Met Cloisters with your date, this park has something that no other park has in NYC. It is 250 feet above the Hudson River and Palisades. It also boasts three landscaped acres that look as if they were transplanted from an English country estate house, with sloping and dropping elms. Many of the garden's 48 varieties of heaths and heathers are unique to New York City, and some bloom even in winter, their needlelike leaves turning copper to chocolate. So romantic!

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  • Bars
  • Roosevelt Island

If you're looking for a new view of the city from inside a rooftop bar, take them to Panorama Room atop the Graduate Roosevelt Island hotel. Located on the 18th floor of the hotel, the "jewel box" space that opens up to incredible views of the boroughs, the bridges and the East River, which shine like stars at night. Better yet, its interior is visually dramatic. Its palatial vibes are set by luxurious velvet vintage-inspired tubular lounge sofas, chrome and marble touches, mosaic tile columns and its giant, tubular acrylic chandeliers that hover above the massively long bar. It's not only luxe but it's somehow simultaneously futuristic and retro. 

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  • Parks and gardens
  • Sunset Park

It might not be first on your list, but Brooklynites can find an under-the-radar viewpoint of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty from this multiblock park, which has loaned its name to the adjacent neighborhood. Go at sunset and they'll be floored.

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  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • The Bronx
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Walk this elegant 19th-century mansion surrounded by meticulously groomed gardens, featuring abundant wildflowers and shady pergolas at this city-owned garden in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The area offers sweeping views of the river and the New Jersey Palisades. Wake up early to take advantage of free admission between 9am and noon every Saturday during select months of the year.

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  • Parks and gardens
  • Long Island City

This manicured waterfront stretch in Long Island City is built around restored gantries, which were formerly used for loading and unloading barges...but now it's one of the most beautiful spots in NYC to take in the spectacular views of Manhattan and the East River.

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  • Attractions
  • Sightseeing
  • Midtown East

If you want to see the newest view of NYC, take them to Summit One Vanderbilt atop a new 67-floor super-tall, 1,401-foot-high skyscraper. After a trip through a mirrored hallway with its own immersive elements, visitors take an elevator up to the 91st floor, where they're 1,000 feet over the streets and sidewalks of NYC. Kenzo Digital has created a totally mirrored infinity room called "Air" that reflects the sky and city views over and over, making you feel like you're walking in the sky or on another plane of existence. Looking above you and below you in this two-story space, you see your reflection repeating forever. It's an experience they'll never forget.

  • Restaurants

There can’t be many better ways to enjoy dinner with a view than to hop aboard a dinner cruise in NYC. Even the best restaurants in NYC can’t compare to the experience of eating out on the water, and most of these dinner cruises offer prix-fixe menus or buffet meals on enormous three-level ships, sailing taverns and ritzy yachts. Whichever you choose, the ambiance just can’t be beaten. Bon voyage – and bon appetit, too!

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  • Things to do
  • Walks and tours

If none of these are impressive enough, book yourself a helicopter tour for the ultimate panoramic view of this incredible city's iconic skyline. Whether you want to jump on a quick 20-minute flight or take it all in over two whole hours, our list of the best helicopter tours in NYC has the perfect chopper for you.

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