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The Most Non-Cliché Romantic Spots Across New York City

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn Botanic Garden | © Teri Tynes / Flickr
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.

The Campbell

Bar, American
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The Campbell Apartment
The Campbell Apartment | Courtesy of 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.
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12:00 pm - 2:00 am
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12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tue - Wed:
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wed - Thu:
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
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12:00 pm - 2:00 am
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12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun:
12:00 pm - 2:00 am

Little Branch

Bar, Pub Grub, American, $$$
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The Little Branch is a speakeasy in the West Village and home to some of the city’s best jazz. Guide your date through the unmarked door and into a booth to win ultimate points. (Plus, the cocktails here are really great too.)
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Sun - Mon:
7:00 pm - 2:00 am
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7:00 pm - 2:00 am
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7:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wed - Thu:
7:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thu - Fri:
7:00 pm - 3:00 am
Fri - Sat:
7:00 pm - 3:00 am
Sat - Sun:
7:00 pm - 3:00 am

The Ramble at Central Park

Park
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The Ramble at Central Park
The Ramble at Central Park | © Teri Tynes / Flickr
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.
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6:00 am - 1:00 am
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6:00 am - 1:00 am
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6:00 am - 1:00 am
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6:00 am - 1:00 am
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6:00 am - 1:00 am
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6:00 am - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun:
6:00 am - 1:00 am

Brooklyn Promenade

Park
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Brooklyn Promenade
Brooklyn Promenade | Howard Brier/Flickr
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.
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6:00 am - 1:00 am
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6:00 am - 1:00 am
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6:00 am - 1:00 am
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6:00 am - 1:00 am
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6:00 am - 1:00 am
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6:00 am - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun:
6:00 am - 1:00 am

The Strand

Bookstore
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Strand Books, New York, USA.
Strand Books in New York has over 18 miles of books | © Strand Books
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.
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9:30 am - 10:30 pm
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9:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tue:
9:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wed:
9:30 am - 10:30 pm
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9:30 am - 10:30 pm
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9:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sat:
9:30 am - 10:30 pm

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The Cloisters

Museum
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Bonnefort Cloister
Bonnefort Cloister | © Shinya Suzuki / Flickr
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.
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10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Mon:
10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Tue:
10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Wed:
10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 5:15 pm

Gallow Green

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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Gallow Green
Gallow Green | Courtesy of the McKittrick Hotel
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.
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10:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon:
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tue:
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wed:
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thu - Fri:
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat:
3:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun:
10:00 am - 1:00 am

The High Line

Park
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The High Line
The High Line | © joevare / Flickr
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.
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7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon:
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tue:
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wed:
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thu:
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri:
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat:
7:00 am - 11:00 pm

The River Café

Cafe, Restaurant, American
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The River Cafe Restaurant, Brooklyn, New York, USA.
The picturesque River Café boasts excellent views | © Dany Creative Design / danycreativedesign.com
Although dinner at The River Café will set you back a pretty penny, there’s nothing quite like sitting down to a candlelit al fresco dinner while the lights of Manhattan twinkle on the other side of the river.
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Sun:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sun:
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon:
8:30 am - 11:30 am
Mon:
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue:
8:30 am - 11:30 am
Tue:
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wed:
8:30 am - 11:30 am
Wed:
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu:
8:30 am - 11:30 am
Thu:
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri:
8:30 am - 11:30 am
Fri:
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sat:
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Revson Fountain at the Lincoln Center

Building
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Revson Fountain at Lincoln Center
Revson Fountain at Lincoln Center | © John Wisniewski / Flickr
The water show at the Revson Fountain at the Lincoln Center will never cease to amaze. You could watch it for 20 minutes and never get bored. If you take your date there during certain times in the summer, there may even be free open-air dancing; therefore, you can get a free two-for-one deal.
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The Wonder Wheel

Amusement Park
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Wonder Wheel
Wonder Wheel | Shinya Suzuki/Flickr
For couples who are willing to take a bit of a field trip, board the train and ride it all the way to Coney Island. Once you’re there, meander up and down the boardwalk. But then be sure to wait in line for the Wonder Wheel and look out over the whole neighborhood while you’re at the top (or make out—whatever feels right).
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Sun:
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon:
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue:
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wed:
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thu:
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fri:
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sat:
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Botanical Garden, Park
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Bonsai and rock display in glass roofed Steinhardt Conservatory of Brooklyn Botanic Botanical Garden in Brooklyn, New York.
Bonsai and a rock display are on view in the glass-roofed Steinhardt Conservatory of the Brooklyn Botanic Botanical Garden in Brooklyn, New York | © Dorothy Alexander / Alamy Stock Photo
There are plenty of winding alleys, charming gardens and greenhouses to get lost in at this expansive park. The Japanese Garden is especially romantic (whenever it’s not crowded), and the greenhouses, especially the heated rooms with tropical plants, are also incredible.
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Sun:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

The Little Red Lighthouse in Fort Washington Park

Bridge, Park
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George Washington Bride | olekinderhook/WikiCommons
George Washington Bride | olekinderhook/WikiCommons
Wander up to Fort Washington Park and take a few minutes to relax underneath the George Washington Bridge. The red lighthouse has become an iconic staple of uptown New York life and is a pretty excellent backdrop for any couple’s photos you may wish to take.
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6:00 am - 1:00 am
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6:00 am - 1:00 am
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6:00 am - 1:00 am
Wed - Thu:
6:00 am - 1:00 am
Thu - Fri:
6:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat:
6:00 am - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun:
6:00 am - 1:00 am

Freemans Restaurant

Diner, Restaurant, American, $$$
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Freemans is a hidden restaurant that remains one of New York’s coolest secrets. When you wander upon the tiny little restaurant terrace (hidden in an alleyway), you’ll wonder how you ever walked past it before. And when you’re sharing dinner with your other half, you’ll be glad that everybody else walking by is missing this charming little spot.
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Sun:
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tue:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wed:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thu:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun:
10:00 am - 2:00 am