Dear Popupla: My wife and I are headed to Manhattan for Thanksgiving, and it coincides with our one-year anniversary. We're staying in midtown. Can you recommend a romantic (and delicious) spot for dinner? Any other romantic must-dos?
Late fall is one of the best times to be in NYC. The air is crisp, and there's a hustle and bustle with the start of the holiday season. To get your bearings, poke around our NYC guide, which has useful itineraries and quick lists of the best NYC restaurants, sites, services, and shops.
You're staying in midtown, and, while it's not considered to be the most charming part of the city, it is home to some of the grandest restaurants. We recommend getting all dressed up for cocktails at one of the classic joints: , , the , or the new lounge at .
If you are splurging on dinner, then is incredible, knock-your-socks off delicious. As is (in the Flatiron District). Both have four NYT stars and are made for special occasions.
Old-fashioned romance can be found downtown, where the buildings are historic, the neighborhoods are smaller, and the streets are paved with cobblestone. is an old Italian standby and quite possibly the coziest spot in Manhattan. It's filled with locals who take their time drinking nice bottles of wine and admiring the rustic decor. Catch a show at (an intimate cabaret space) and a nightcap at (a buzzed-about Greenwich Village restaurant).
If you are feeling intrepid, there's a molto charming Venetian wine bar and restaurant below a sidewalk in Chinatown. It's called , and the cellar space reminds us of the tiny, winding streets of Venice (complete with dripping candelabras and fresh pastas). From there, take a midnight walk over the Brooklyn Bridge.
Want more? Fall head over heels as you walk (do it early in the morning before it gets too crowded and touristy). The entrance is at West 30st Street between 10th and 11th Avenues and it ends at Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking district, but you can pick it up every few blocks along the way. (Here's a .) You almost won't believe you're in NYC. Finish with a buzzy breakfast at the . Not strictly romantic in the red roses sense but romantic in the I-Heart-NY sense.
Have lunch at . Go for the late seating when the sun streams in from Central Park. It's a three-Michelin star meal, and the two-course prix fixe is $38. An impossible bargain given the quality of the food.
Seal your weekend with a kiss and , opera at , and a visit to for Austrian art and silver tea service at . We know, we know: It's love.
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