Wow, are our readers (and my co-bloggess!) ever HELPFUL. Will need your advice again soon but for now, I'd like to give a lil something back.
Rumor has it that one of our readers is soon spending a ROMANCE WEEKEND in New York City. Fabulous! I am 100% envious but have thoroughly enjoyed creating my own fantasy perfect romance weekend, which I shall now share with all...
HOTEL. Obviously very important for romance weekend, which is why I always recommend forgoing location for star rating. It's just so damn easy to get around in NYC, so I would pick the highest rated hotel closest to Central Park you can afford. Something like this.
FUN. After checking in to & checking out the amenities (ie: nap) of my moderately priced, comfortable hotel, I would go ice skating at Bryant Park. NOT Rockefeller Center. I would go see the tree at Rockefeller, or go to Top of the Rock, but not skate there. Too crowded. Plus, Bryant Park has a little crafty-fair thing where you might get some fancy soap or glass pendants to bring back as gifts.
EATS-DRINKS-EVERYTHINGS. To warm up from ice skating, go to BXL Belgian Cafe for a Belgian beer or gluhwein or two. You can stay there to eat or, even better, go uptown to Kashkaval for fondue. Mmm..fondue. It's super romantic and cozy, too. If you're still awake after that, you can walk around on 9th or 10th to find a bar, or walk back to Columbus Circle and hit slick Stone Rose for one last (pricey but stylish) cocktail.
THE NEXT DAY. Head to Chinatown to see all the craziness and to get dim sum. I don't even have to give a recommendation: just go where you see a lot of happy people inside. Then I would walk through Little Italy and bum around the Lower East Side. Maybe drop into Barramundi for a gingery cocktail. As the evening wears on maybe drop into Freemans for a drink and a bite. Oh and then there's Schiller's Liquor Bar and Whiskey Ward and....too many places to list. Or hyperlink. Oooh and then, as sunset approaches, jet downtown and get on the FREE Staten Island Ferry, so romantic. And FREE.
Oh also -- pick up a TimeOut to make sure to not miss any good live music. I know not of clubs for dancing so will have to leave you on your own for that. Stay up very very late, and make sure you are tipsy for the cab ride home. That's the best.
THE DAY AFTER THAT. In the morning hit the nearest Pic-A-Bagel to stave off the hangover. Head to the Chelsea Flea Market for deals and eccentric characters. You can walk down 5th Avenue from there to hit all the classic American superstores - Banana Republic, Anthropologie, etc. And then by the time you get to Union Square, it will be time to stop in at the Old Town Bar for a bit of nostalgia.
MOST IMPORTANTLY. Go to Lil Frankie's.
Oof. All this walking and eating has made me tired. And there's still Brooklyn to go.