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The most romantic things to do in NYC

Impress your next Tinder date with a blissful, starry-eyed night on the town with the most romantic things to do in NYC

By Shaye Weaver
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After such a hard year of dating in NYC, being romantic is something we're all struggling with, especially if we've been working from home with our significant others. Valentine's Day 2021 promises to be a difficult one with indoor dining still not back in NYC and concerts of all kinds off the table. That being said, there's still quite a bit of romance to be had if you know where to look. That's where we come in. Our list of romantic things to do includes great restaurants to order from, fun adventures and beautiful places that will have you whistling love songs before your date even begins. 

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Romantic things to do in NYC

TWA Hotel JFk Airport
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1. Spend an evening at the Swinging Sixties-themed TWA Hotel

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Get gussied up in your fab 1960s duds and head over to the new TWA Hotel at JFK to step into a Mad Men-esque atmosphere. The interior of Eero Saarinen’s landmark 1962 building exudes 60s chic with 512 guest rooms that offer views of JFK’s runways, a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant, a rooftop jacuzzi and an observation deck. Over the next few months, bar adjacent to the jacuzzi will be a "Runway Chalet," a 1960s après ski-themed winter hideaway that’s both heated and tented. This unique stay puts a fun spin on a weekend away with your S.O.

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2. Treat yourselves to the Winter Spa at The William Vale

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Detox from the week at William Vale’s relaunched Winter Spa that’s as cozy—and pampering— as it sounds. With TerraGlamping’s Hudson Valley inspired tents and holistic FAR infrared technology Shape House, the hotel's 11th floor (which has prime views of the NYC skyline) is where you should kick back. Ever heard of a sauna blanket? FAR infrared technology provides a deep, penetrating heat that warms the body from the inside out, to sweat it all out, reduced stress and strengthened immune health and glowing skin. Chill out while watching any show or your choosing or throwing on tunes instead. 55 minute sessions run $85 per person (Couple's Sweat are $170).

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3. Make heart-shaped pizzas from Fornino

Restaurants Pizza Williamsburg

The only thing we may love more than our partners is pizza. Enjoy ’em both with a Pizza Love Fest Kit from the Brooklyn-based pizzeria, on offer for pick-up and delivery from February 12th (4–7pm) through 14th (2–7pm). The kit includes two heart-shaped pizza pies, as well as a cheese-and-fruit plate, a large salad, tiramisu with strawberries, and a bottle of wine to share. $95 with wine, $70 without

Astoria Park skatepark
Photograph: Archer Lewis

4. Go on a beautiful winter walk together

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Take in the sights of NYC with your date, from a secret waterfall-laden path in Central Park to the “small-town” neighborhood blocks in Brooklyn. Here are the best winter walks in NYC.

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Museum of Sex
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5. Get into frisky business at Museum of Sex

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Pull a Marvin Gaye and prepare to get it on (or, at least, think about it) at the MoSex, which showcases tastefully erotic and downright outlandish art and artifacts. Peep the latest exhibitions and jump inside a tantalizing bounce house to shake off those date-night jitters. Don't miss Super Funland, the erotic carnival within in the museum. There you'll find a 4-D immersive "Tunnel of Love" ride, an erotic fortune-telling machine (modeled as RuPaul), a kissing booth, and a lit-up climbing structure. Make a pit stop at the gift shop, which is stocked with books, sex toys and aphrodisiac elixirs, and continue the romancing at home.

Brooklyn Chop House
Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Chop House

6. Spoil them with Brooklyn Chop House

Restaurants Pan-Asian Financial District

If you’re looking to lavish your loved one, the L.S.D. special from this FiDi restaurant should do the trick. The luxe package, available for delivery, includes a pair of two-pound lobsters (ginger-and-garlic, salt-and-pepper), a dry-aged porterhouse, and a whole Peking duck, along with sides like lobster fried rice, onion rings, and wok-fried mushrooms. $495.

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7. Valentine's Day Mini Photo Shoot

Get pictures with your boo (or your besties) in Astoria (3613 36th Ave.) during this mini photoshoot by Robert Middleton. Time slots are in 20 min increments from 1 to 6:40pm. You'll get three high-quality edited photos delivered to your email inbox (additional edits $15 per picture). You can email middletonrobert99@gmail.com to schedule a time.

Brooklyn Boulders
Photograph: Courtesy Rory Moon

8. Get physical at Brooklyn Boulders

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Before you lovebirds get your rocks off, spend a few hours climbing over some boulders first. At this 25,000-square-feet rock-climbing gym, you and bae can take turns playing the role of belayer (or use the auto-belay) to ascend the 22-foot-tall rock wall. Who will fall for whom first?

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9. Take the tram to Roosevelt Island

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Get your heart racing a bit with a lofty, three-minute ride to Roosevelt Island (and across the East River) with 360-degree views of the city before heading to the island's tree-lined esplanade. Walk along here for incredible views of the Manhattan skyline and, if you time it right, the sunset.

10. Ride the gorgeous SeaGlass Carousel at The Battery

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Take a psychedelic, three-and-a-half-minute trip while sitting inside color-changing, LED fiberglass fish and cruising to Mozart. The SeaGlass Carousel is a kitschy but romantic way to have fun before or after dinner (just make sure you've brought the kind of date who'd be down for a few go-arounds). One ride is $5 and its open daily from 10am to 8pm.

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