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The 15 most romantic spots in NYC

Beautiful New York City can take your breath away, whether you're with your squeeze or adventuring solo

New York certainly doesn't lack for gorgeous places to wine and dine—just take a peek at our roundup of romantic restaurants for the most delicious examples. And you don't need to be a big spender to see Gotham at her finest, as our best cheap dates redux proves. But you know what's really romantic? NYC's really beautiful, simple treasures. We've mixed in classic attractions, like the view from the Empire State Building, with lesser-known delights such as the Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History. Whichever spot you decide to visit, we're sure it'll set your heart aflutter.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
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Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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This peaceful oasis hits its fairytale peak in spring, for the Sakura Matsuri festival, during which more than 70 trees blossom along the Cherry Esplanade. But at any time of year you'll find some real beauty spots, from the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden to the romantic Rose Garden.

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Prospect Park
Top of the Empire State Building
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Top of the Empire State Building

There is simply no denying the enduring romance of the Empire State Building's Observation Deck, as celebrated in movie swoonathon Sleepless in Seattle and the epic novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. 

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Midtown West
The Butterfly Conservatory
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The Butterfly Conservatory

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If you're feeling the chill in the colder months, head to this tropical paradise at the American Museum of Natural History, where temperatures soar to a delicious 80 degrees. Let yourself be enchanted by the sight—and feel—of monarchs, zebra longwings and iridescent blue morpho butterflies fluttering around you.

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Upper West Side
Jane's Carousel
Photograph: Lee Magill
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Jane's Carousel

Stroll along the water at Dumbo's Brooklyn Bridge Park as you make your way to this beautifully restored old-world carousel. It's open year-round but closed every Wednesday (the horses, apparently, need a rest).

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DUMBO
Grand Central Terminal
Photograph: Jeffrey Gurwin
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Grand Central Terminal

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Breathtaking. There is simply no other word for the view of the inside of Grand Central Station, wherever you're standing. The architecture is 1913 Beaux Arts and its vaulted ceiling, painted with the planets, is spectacular. Don't be surprised if you see a proposal happen—to crowd applause—while you're there. And do swing by the old-fashioned Oyster Bar for a slurp or two.

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Midtown East
Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
Photograph: courtesy Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
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Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

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A romantic spot for those in search of tranquility and natural beauty, this tiny museum on Staten Island was built in 1947 and is the only Himalayan-temple-style building in the United States, complete with pretty meditation gardens. Take a deep breath of clean air, and relax.

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Staten Island
Bow Bridge at Central Park
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/David Ohmer
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Bow Bridge at Central Park

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Featured in such movies as Autumn in New York, Keeping the Faith and Uptown Girls, the sight of Central Park's Bow Bridge will likely inspire your inner artist—go ahead, make a Monet-style sketch! Or, you know, snap a cute selfie on the bridge.

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Central Park
The Lincoln Center fountain
Photograph: Shutterstock
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The Lincoln Center fountain

Sure, you can head to a world-class ballet, play or opera at Lincoln Center, but you know what we're crazy about? The lovely Revson Fountain at Josie Robertson Plaza. Seeing it lit up at night is always pretty, but there are also five-minute water shows throughout the evening (check the Lincoln Center for times).

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Upper West Side
The High Line
Photograph: Courtesy Liz Ligon/Friends of the High Line
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The High Line

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Built on an abandoned railway track, this wildflower-festooned pathway has become one of the city's best-loved (and strolled) attractions. Romantic types will love the High Line's Star Gazing evenings, where local astronomers let you peek through their telescopes at the cosmos.

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Williamsburg Waterfront
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Williamsburg Waterfront

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Yes, it's located in the hipster nexus of East River State Park, but there are few sweeter spots to have a low-key picnic with your honey than by the water in Williamsburg.

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Williamsburg
Brooklyn Academy of Music
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Brooklyn Academy of Music

Ah, so many excellent reasons to visit BAM: You could catch an arty movie, watch a ballet, see a show...Or you can simply gaze at BAM's architecture and sumptuous interior—as featured in our roundup of NYC's most beautiful buildings.

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Boerum Hill
The Cloisters
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The Cloisters

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Set in a lovely park overlooking the Hudson River, the Cloisters houses the Met’s medieval art and architecture collections. A path winds through the peaceful grounds to a castle that seems to have survived from the Middle Ages, but was in fact built less than 100 years ago, using material from five medieval French cloisters. Tres romantique.

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Washington Heights
Staten Island Ferry
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Staten Island Ferry

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Back in 1817 it cost 25 cents to cross the harbor between Staten Island and lower Manhattan; today, it’s free. This 24-hour ferry is a lifeline for commuters, but it’s also a boat trip affording some of the most romantic views in the world: Lady Liberty and the Manhattan skyline among them.

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Financial District
Tiffany & Co.
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Tiffany & Co.

Nestled in a 1907 Beaux Arts building, Tiffany's still exudes a classic ladies-who-lunch vibe with its marble walls and crown molding—and of course, plenty of diamonds.

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Financial District
The Boathouse at Prospect Park
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The Boathouse at Prospect Park

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Built in 1905, Prospect Park’s Beaux Arts–style boathouse was one of the first buildings in New York City to be declared a landmark. In 2002, it became the home to a state-of-the-art facility that allows visitors to virtually explore the great outdoors. A fine thing, but we'll happily stay outside and gaze at the real deal.

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Prospect Park

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Elaine B
Elaine B Tastemaker

The ferry ride was part of the "after prom" experience... Prom (my school had it at the Biltmore until the year I graduated, when it switched to the Americana), then a night club (with borrowed proof), then the Ferry R/T, then to somebody's house for breakfast.