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The Most Non-Cliché Romantic Spots Across New York City

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Updated: 29 May 2017
New York City is a place where dreams come true—and for many people, that means dreams of romance. But if the idea of going to the top of the Empire State Building to declare your love seems just a bit too cheesy, there are plenty of other equally romantic destinations around town. From a ferry with the best views of Manhattan to an ancient Egyptian temple, here are some of the most romantic spots in New York City where you won’t have to fight tourists to get a private moment together.
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Temple of Dendur

This impressive Egyptian temple has survived since Augustus Caesar’s rule. Plus, it was featured in New York’s favorite rom-com When Harry Met Sally, so you know it’s got romantic potential.

Temple of Dendur, 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 535 7710

Temple of Dendur | Courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art

Temple of Dendur | Courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The Campbell

Bar none, this establishment is one of the sexiest bars in Manhattan. Sneak your date through the main concourse at Grand Central and then up to the hidden bar at The Campbell. For bonus points, sit on the balcony and stare down at everybody else in the bar below.

The Campbell, 15 Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 297 1781

The Campbell Apartment | Courtesy of The Campbell

The Campbell | Courtesy of The Campbell

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The Staten Island Ferry

Money can’t buy love, and it can’t buy the superb views from this boat ride. The 25-minute ferry ride over to Staten Island is completely free and has some of the best views of the Manhattan skyline anywhere.

Staten Island Ferry, 83-85 Whitehall St, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 639 9675

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The Ramble at Central Park

Everybody has their favorite part of Central Park, but The Ramble just might be the most romantic of all. It’s well off the beaten path, so it will never be crowded with people, and the twists and turns in the lanes make for an incredibly romantic stroll.

The Ramble at Central Park, 79th St Transverse, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 310 6600

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Brooklyn Promenade

On one side you’ve got the beautiful old brownstones of Brooklyn Heights, and on the other side, there’s nothing but magnificent Manhattan skyline. It only takes one long stroll through at sunset to realize why this is one of the most romantic spots in the city.

Brooklyn Promenade, Montague St & Pierrepont Pl, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 722 3214

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The Strand

For book lovers, no place will ever be more romantic than the basement of The Strand. The smell of the old books, plus tons of nooks and crannies and aisles to get lost in, makes for a fairytale meet-cute.

The Strand, 828 Broadway, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 473 1452

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The Cloisters

Step back in time and escape the noise of the city at this Met satellite. The garden at the old medieval architecture is one of the best spots in New York for impressing your date.

The Cloisters, 99 Margaret Corbin Dr, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 923 3700

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Film Forum

Is there anything more romantic than old film? Duck into this West Village old-school cinema for some of the finest (and most romantic) film screenings in the city.

Film Forum, 209 W Houston St, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 727 8110

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Grand Army Plaza

Those looking for the majesty of Washington Square Park without any of the crowds will find its more romantic twin sister in Brooklyn. Located right across from Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Library, this magnificent arch is best viewed at night when it’s all lit up.

Grand Army Plaza, Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 965 8999

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Gallow Green

While most rooftops boast their views of the city, Gallow Green is one of the only roofs in the city where it’s possible to forget you’re in New York. From the abundance of greenery to the twinkling lights, this entire bar is enchanting. But, of course, if you just step to the perimeter, there’s a fantastic view of the Empire State Building.

Gallow Green, 542 W 27th St, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 564 1662

Gallow Green | Courtesy of the McKittrick Hotel

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The High Line

Look out over the Hudson River to Jersey from this romantic elevated park. Culture Trip recommends finding a bench, setting up shop and staying until the sun sets for an unforgettable view. Then take a stroll around the park and experience the oasis-within-the-city vibes.

The High Line, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 500 6035

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