Our home base is in NYC - we love this town through and through. Having lived and worked here for almost two decades, we can proudly say we know all the cool spots!
This post is dedicated to winter dates. Yes, winters in NYC can be harsh (hello, bomb cyclone of 2018) but there are plenty of cosy places around to warm up after checking out the City’s magnificent winter sights.
If you are in a mood (and dressed warm enough) for a walk, you can attempt a romantic walk that will take you through beautiful urban scenery with an added bonus of not costing a dime.
Fifth Avenue decorates itself in the utmost celebratory fashion each year - from Cartier’s annual gift bow decoration to the over-the-top windows of Saks and Bergdorf’s it’s worth checking out all the winter displays. Start uptown at 59th Street by Plaza Hotel (gorgeous Xmas tree inside the shopping promenade) and make your way down Fifth Avenue gazing at all the glistening lights.
Pop into Saks across from the Rockefeller Center for a peak at gorgeously executed Winter Wonderland in their cosmetics department.
If you have an hour or two (and timed reservations) climb on Top of the Rock for the most awesome panoramic view of NYC’s skyline. New Yorkers will tell you that the Rock is the best viewpoint in Midtown because you get to experience the most gorgeous view of the Empire State Building.
If you feel like a drink with a view, check out BarSixtyFive on the 65th Floor offering an array of cocktails and splendid views of the ESB.
Detour a bit west to check out the iconic gigantic Xmas ornaments in front of 1251 Sixth Avenue. They have been a staple of this location for at least a dozen of years.
As you continue to walk down Fifth Avenue, you will eventually reach the NY Public Library with a beautiful Bryant Park right behind it. A Xmas market pops up here every winter and it is a great spot to check out local artisan goods or take a spin on the gigantic ice skating rink.
Now that you are all sighteseed-out, you are probably feeling hungry.
Here are our three favorite restaurants in Midtown that will cater to your romantic mood and provide you with great food and cosy atmosphere:
- Pera at 303 Madison Avenue ($$$) is a casually upscale Mediterranean spot whose focal point's an open kitchen harnessing the fire of the gods: a blistering, stone-bottomed furnace that practically flings piping-hot bread right into your mouth, and a ten-foot-long open-flame grill. Romantically-lit dining room, a menu full of mouthwatering dishes and an amazing wine list guarantee a beautiful datenight.
- The Empire Hotel Rooftop and Bar ($$-$$$) at 44 West 63rd transforms into a winter destination during the colder months. The space becomes enclosed by windowed walls and a retractable roof, and sports a fire that roars from within a large mantle. Serving all-American fare and any cocktail your heart could desire, get your toast on next to the fire as you enjoy City views.
- Keen’s Steakhouse ($$$) at 72 West 36th Street is a vintage, Victorian restaurant with antique chandeliers, 90,000 clay pipes once smoked by diners, and a giant stuffed moose head above a large, brick fireplace. Heaven for carnivores!