New York City is one of the most uniquely romantic cities in the world. No wonder there are over 2,000 movies set in this global hub of culture! What sets this city apart from the rest of the world is its buzz of energy, hope, and life. It is these qualities that earn it the nickname “The City That Never Sleeps.” While there are literally endless possibilities for your proposal in NYC, we have picked out a few of our personal favorite spots for your special and memorable proposal.
Classic City Proposal
One of the most quintessentially New York proposal spots is Central Park. Where you choose to propose is personal, but some of our favorite areas of the park are Bow Bridge, Belvedere Castle, and Conservatory Waters. Bow Bridge rests over a reflective lake, with bountiful trees and views of Manhattan’s West Side. Propose on the Bridge during a sunset walk through the park! Belvedere Castle offers a charming juxtaposition between urban architecture and medieval artifacts. It also provides a magical and romantic backdrop for a shared moment between lovers. Strolling along the parapets evokes images of knights and ladies in waiting, of a time when we declared our devotion by sonnet rather than cell phone. Conservatory Water offers scenic accents both romantic and peaceful. Watch the miniature sailboat regattas coast by and surround yourself with original flora as you propose to your S/O by the water for a serene city escape.
Top of the Rock
Make a day out of your trip to Rockefeller Center. If you’re worried about giving away the surprise, there are many great dining options to choose from so you and your partner can enjoy a date. Our recommendation is to book a table for dinner and drinks at Bar SixtyFive, Rock Center’s rooftop bar. Then, take your partner out to the terrace for a breath of fresh air at dusk, and propose while taking in the incredible panoramic Manhattan skyline views.
Proposals with a Beautiful View
North River Lobster Co
Love being on the water? Love seafood? North River Lobster Company is the perfect way to escape the chaos of Manhattan for a mini getaway on the water. North River Lobster Company is New York City’s first and only floating lobster shack. Take your S/O and enjoy delicious lobster rolls, frosé, and refreshing cocktails amidst breathtaking views of New York City’s skyline. They cruise up the Hudson River throughout the day, so you can board anytime. Our recommendation is to hop on and propose to your S/O over a casual drink at sunset, then have your friends get on board after to celebrate on the boat!
Met Museum Rooftop
Even if you aren’t an art lover, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is truly a masterpiece by itself. Another New York City icon, it is the largest art museum in the United States. After appreciating the galleries together, head up to the Rooftop Garden (open early May through October). Here, you’ll find a charming outdoor gallery space with a bar and gorgeous views of Central Park and the skyline. Spend time together gazing out at the city, and propose then!
Out and About Proposals
The High Line
If you haven’t been to the High Line yet, it is absolutely one of New York City’s must-do’s. One of the more modern public spaces in the city, the revamped railroad is now an elevated linear greenway perfectly integrated into its surroundings, marrying views of towering skyscrapers, the Hudson River, and eventually you and your S.O. The park has art installations up and down the West Side, so you can experience art, design, and nature all at once. In the summer, they have community stargazing too! After picking your favorite proposal spot there, head South for a celebratory dinner or drink at Untitled or Chelsea Market.
Maybe you’ve never ice skated in your life, or maybe you can glide and spin in your sleep — either way, a romantic night on one of New York City’s most beautiful outdoor ice rinks will never disappoint. There are many great options for your winter proposal-on-ice, like Wollman Rink in Central Park, but Bryant Park’s festive Winter Village takes the prize. Wander around the village, sampling amazing desserts, food, and hot drinks while taking in the holiday cheer. Then, strap on your skates and either propose on the ice or after you’ve finished. Maybe even fake a clumsy fall and propose as your S/O tries to help you up.
Tavern on the Green
For a beautiful, serene, and classic NYC restaurant proposal, reserve a table at Tavern on the Green in the heart of bucolic Central Park. The menu centers around hearty and seasonal ingredients and invites you into a sophisticated, yet warm, space in which to enjoy a moment with your future spouse. Tavern on the Green truly captures the spirit of Central Park and the energy of New York City, an amazing place for your proposal. Your time there will be so memorable that you’ll want to host your wedding there a few months later!
PDT, as in “Please Don’t Tell,” was formerly one of New York City’s best-kept secrets. Now, this hidden speakeasy has become world-famous, due to its incredible crafted cocktails and hot-dog mystique. You walk into Crif Dogs, an unassuming, but adorable, hot dog joint in the East Village. Much to your partner’s surprise, you will then step into the phone booth in the back of the room, dial 1 on the rotary phone, and be transported to a sexy and mysterious hideaway. You can have an intimate and mood-lit night with your partner, sipping on inventive takes on Old Fashioneds and Sazeracs alongside comfort food like hot dogs and waffle fries.