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Romantic Dates in New York City – Visit New York

The Romantic Movie Locations Date – ice skating, frozen hot chocolate, the Empire State Building and one really big sandwich!(Movies: Harry Met Sally, Serendipity, Sleepless in Seattle)

This can be a lot of fun if you’re a big movie fan. And if this kind of a date excites you, just make sure your partner-in-crime is as equally excited as you are! To make this adventure even more fun you could even do a movie marathon night the day before your date, watching these movies first and then going out and having fun visiting the locations.

 

Now, while there are many great romantic movies shot in NYC (probably more than any other city in the world) I chose three fairly mainstream movies for you to have fun with. You can even turn this into a twice-a-year tradition where you watch a few movies set in New York and then prepare a day to visit and explore some of the locations from key scenes in the movie.  Some other romantic movie favorites shot on location in New York are 9 ½ weeks, West Side Story, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Hannah and Her Sisters, An Affair to Remember, You’ve Got Mail and Maid in Manhattan.

 

First is When Harry Met Sally with Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal. Remember that scene? You know the one I’m talking about… uh huh… yes… that one – the “I’ll have what she’s having” scene where Sally fakes an orgasm right in the middle of a crowded delicatessen. Well, that’s how good Katz’s pastrami and corned beef sandwiches are! So head on downto Katz’s Delicatessen on the corner of Houston and Ludlow Streets in downtown Manhattan. Order a pastrami or corned beef on rye or a Reuben sandwich and let the swooning begin. Be sure to get some pickles! (And if you decide to re-enact this scene yourself in front of your date, please be sure to write to me and let me know the reactions you get from nearby diners!) You will notice a sign above the table Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal sat at when they filmed that scene on location right here at Katz’s Deli. You will need to get a ticket when you enter and then get on line (there’s always a line). The counterman will mark your ticket. You MUST not lose your ticket or you may have a problem when you leave. You will need to show your ticket to the cashier when you leave and pay the amount written on your ticket.

 

Next, if it’s November through March (always call ahead and make sure they are open) hop a cab or take the subway to the 59th Street and 6thAvenue entrance to Central Park. The Wollman Rink is a two minute walk into Central Park from this entrance. Follow the footpath directly into the park and stay to the right. (subways: Take the A, B, C, D, 1, 9 to 59th Street or the N or R to 5th Ave/59th St or the B, Q to 57th Street). Once you’re there remember the love story shared here by Jonathon and Sara (played perfectly by John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale) in the 2001 romantic comedy Serendipity. There were actually two scenes filmed here, one in the beginning when they’re skating together and the one at the end when they find each other after being apart.

 

After your romantic escapades on the ice take a 15-minute walk (or a quick cab ride) over to the extremely popular Serendipity 3 on 60th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues for their famous Frozen Hot Chocolate (it’s out of this world delicious!) – or if doing this date April through October head straight to Serendipity 3 after Katz’s Deli. Jonathon and Sara drank theirs together at an upstairs table. There can be a long wait to get in here and they do not take reservations. So you’ll just need to give your name to the host or hostess and wait for your name to be called. While waiting you can check out the many home décor or antique shops along 58th and 59thStreets between 2nd and 3rd Avenues (known as Designers and Decorator’sWays) or spend some time at Dylan’s Candy Bar on the corner of 60thStreet and 3rd Ave.

 

The final part of your date honors that classic of classics romantic film Sleepless in Seattle with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan by taking a trip to the top of the Empire State Building’s 86th floor observation deck. What a great scene that was! The view from here is just as classic as the movie itself – sweeping, jaw-dropping views that are sure to excite and inspire. Keep in mind that there is also an enclosed 102nd floor observation deck. That is not the one we are talking about here (however the 102nd floor one was where Cary Grant waited for Deborah Kerr in Affair to Remember). Purchase and print your tickets online at www.esbnyc.com. The line to get to the top can take anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour. If you want to drop some extra cash you can opt for the Express Pass which lets you bypass the line. You will see this option on the website when you get your tickets.

 

The Essentials:

Katz’s Delicatessen, 205 East Houston Street on the corner of Ludlow Street (Lower East Side). Tel: (212)254-2246.www.katzsdelicatessen.com.

Wollman Skating Rink, Central Park. Tel: (212)439-6900. Check the website for updated hours and pricing: www.wollmanskatingrink.com.

Serendipity 3, 225 East 60th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Tel:(212)838-3531www.serendipity3.com.

Empire State Building, 350 5th Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets. Tel:(212)736-3100. The Observatory is open every day, including weekends and holidays from 8AM to 2AM. www.esbnyc.com. Prices as of this writing: $25 or $47.50 for the Express ticket (main deck).

 

Some interesting notes:

Katz’s Deli still has their old signs in the window from World War II that say “Send a salami to your boy in the army”.

 

The Empire State Building was completed in May of 1931 in just 13 and a half months right in the middle of the Great Depression. During World War II an American B-25 bomber lost in the fog crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building (the building did not incur any major structural damage).

 

Central Park is a completely man-made park, having been mostly marshes and swamps prior to its construction. It was completed in the 1870s and was the first urban park in America. It covers 843 acres (2.5 miles long and a half mile wide) of extremely expensive real estate right smack dab in the middle of Manhattan.

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A date in Brooklyn – Visit New York with Romancing Manhattan Tours

A visit to the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn and an early romantic dinner at Saul (Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn) followed by drinks at Clover Club (Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn)

 What an overlooked gem! If the massiveness of New York City’s subway and transportation system intrigues you, then you will love this little, often overlooked museum. The New York Transit Museum, one of the city’s leading cultural institutions is the largest museum in the United States devoted to urban public transportation history, and one of the premier institutions of its kind in the world. The Museum explores the development of the greater New York Metropolitan region through the presentations of exhibitions, tours, educational programs, and workshops dealing with the cultural, social, and technological history of public transportation. Since it’s inception over a quarter century ago, the Museum, housed in a historic 1936 IND subway station in Brooklyn Heights, has grown in scope and popularity.

The museum’s galleries feature curious and engaging exhibits such as Steel, Stone, and Backbone, which recounts the tale of building New York City’s 100 year-old subway system, and many highly interactive exhibitions such as On The Streets, an in-depth look at New York City’s trolleys and buses.

Since this museum closes at 4pm, you’ll want to get there sometime between 2:30 – 3pm so you don’t have too much time between the museum and the dinner. Allow a good hour to visit this museum.

Tip: Be sure to sneak a kiss or two on one of their vintage subway cars, just like they did in the old days.

After the museum, it’s just a 15 minute walk to your restaurant (see below for easy walking directions). If you have some time to kill before your dinner there are plenty of shops along Smith Street to peruse. Saul is a pioneer in this ever-so-popular hot neighborhood. It’s casual and intimate with an American menu. Their menu changes seasonally so expect nothing but the best and freshest ingredients. Be sure to check out their menu online (see website below). This restaurant does get crowded – and noisy – so be sure to make a reservation just to be safe. For a fun end to a meal you must try their signature Baked Alaska!

 

Tip: ask for table 5A, it’s a corner table.

Walking directions: When exiting the museum turn right on Boerum Place and walk down to Atlantic Avenue. Turn left on Atlantic Avenue and go just one block over to Smith Street. Turn right onto Smith Street and the restaurant will be 2 and a half blocks down on your right (between Dean and Bergen Streets).

For a perfect end to your date, all you have to do is walk four and a half blocks down Smith Street (against the flow of traffic) to Clover Club (Smith Street between Baltic and Butler Streets). The Clover Club is based on an actual club that existed in Philadelphia between 1882 and the 1920s, so the drink menu and atmosphere are reflective of that time period. The bartenders here are extraordinary (mixologists) and the cocktails are sure to impress.  But if you really want to make an impression, order off the menu and ask for the Kick Flip (just trust me on this one, it’s delicious…. and potent!)

Tip: There’s live Big Band jazz on Wednesdays between 8:30pm and 11:30pm. They get very crowded on Wednesday’s so call ahead to reserve a table (there’s no cover charge).

 

The Essentials:

New York Transit Museum, 130 Livington Street in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn. Tel: (718)694-1600. Admission: $7 for adults. www.mta.info/mta/museum/ Hours: Tues – Fri, 10am – 4pm; Sat and Sun, 11am – 5pm. CLOSED MONDAYS.

Saul, 140 Smith Street between Dean and Bergen Streets. Tel: (718)935-9844. www.saulrestaurant.com

Clover Club, 210 Smith Street between Baltic and Butler Streets, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Tel: (718)855-7939. www.cloverclubny.com/

 

Some interesting notes:

New York City has the largest subway system in the world with over 700 miles of tracks and 468 subway stations. It was built in 1904 and transports well over a billion people a year.