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Hi all! We are thinking about a NYC honeymoon for November. We have both lived in Florida all our lives are don’t really want to do the beachy thing. What kinds of things do you suggest for a NYC honeymoon??
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One of my favorite things to do in NYC is to go to the Empire State Building and with the view, I think it’s romantic too
Post # 4
My fiance proposed in NYC and made the perfect day ever, so I think these are some really sweet ideas:
Plenty of museums: MOMA, the Guggenheim, the Museum of Natural History is always a favorite of mine (plus the planetarium)
Go see a show or two! We went to see the Lion King and it was amazing! Off broadwayish at this point but still, one of the most amazing shows ever. And then I was able to get a christmas ornament made in Africa benefiting AIDS relief (a wooden carving of Mufasa), to mark our day (and I didn’t even know it was our day yet so now that is my favorite ornament ever)
Times square is just fun to walk around and see, check out the shops and be a tourist. Lots of little hole in the wall italian places, chinese food is great in nyc..
A night time walk through central park. I might be baised but I love the smell of nighttime in nyc, especially in the winter. It’s very romantic to walk around in, with all the christmas lights up on the trees (and where he proposed :))
And of course you should go to 30 rock, down a ways from times square, where you can go Iceskating and check out the giant tree! Depending on how late in November you go of course.
One more thing, if you happen to be there on a thursday to friday, friday mornings you can pick up tickets for that Saturdays Saturday Night Live at 7am in front of the 30 Rockefeller building. You can get tickets to a bunch of shows, but I’ve always wanted to go see SNL.
I hope this helps!
Post # 5
It’ll be cold, just so you know. If you’re there during the right weekend, watching the tree go up at Rockefeller center is fun.
CLASSICS: Empire State, Chrystler, Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, MOMA/Guggenheim/Met., Central Park, Broadway shows, Lincoln Center, Chinatown, shopping in SoHo, Katz’s Deli (where Meg Ryan has her orgasm), Wall St. & World Trade Center Site, Times Square, Coney Island
OTHERS: Neue Galerie (across from the Met), MOMA PS1 (in Brooklyn), The New Museum, Tenament Museum & walking around Lower East Side, cupcakes (from Magnolia, Sugar Sweet Sunshine or Billy’s), Brooklyn Bridge, explore Brooklyn (DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass), Park Slope, Williamsburg/Greenpoint etc.) and Brooklyn Museum, the Highline Park, The Cloisters in Tryron Park, gallery hop in Tribeca or Chelsea, Farmer’s Market at Union Square, compost cookies & cereal milk ice cream at Momofuku, Roosevelt Island Island tram ride, Grand Central Station, NYC transit museum…
Post # 6
Oh, I think you’ll have a wonderful time. Fall is one of the best times to be in New York.
Here are some of the things I think of when I think New York romance:
Central Park picnic or walk– you can do a carriage ride too but it’s kind of pricey and you don’t see very much of the park.
Go to the theater. So many options on Broadway and smaller venues.
Go hear live music– Time Out and New York magazines are both good resources for finding out what’s going on (and they have websites too.)
Hit up one of the fancy hotel bars and have cocktails.
Take a stroll through the Met.
Just walk around some of the fun neighborhoods like the West Village or SoHo.
Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and eat pizza at Grimaldi’s.
Then… there are SOOO many restaurant/bar options. If you give me a better idea of your price range and preferences, I can give you some recommendations.
Post # 7
Ooh Jenny’s post just reminded me, you should check out at least one musical diner! Many people who come to NYC are trying to make it on broadway, so there are a few diners that host singing waiters. it was so fun!
Post # 8
Exciting! I live in NYC so I can tell you the best thing you can do is to avoid booking a hotel in midtown (40’s- 60’s)- especially the times square area. Times Square is too touristy- if you find a nice place on the upper west side or upper east you’ll be so happy! Besides doing the museum/empire state/broadway thing I highly recommend some fun native new york things:
1. Brunch! We have a great brunch scene here- wander around the east village or west village and find some cute little place for brunch on Sat. or Sun. mid-morning/noon
2. Highline- gorgeous new park with cool design. Something different from Central Park (which is really nice on it’s own, don’t get me wrong, but this is off the beaten track a bit).
3. Williamsburg BK- this is the new scene in NYC. Lots of great indie bars, restaurants and shops!
4. Bar hopping in the East or West Village. There are some great places down there! Plus they aren’t super posh, which in my opinion makes for a way better bar.
5. Brooklyn Flea on the weekends- GREAT shopping!
6. Cheap food crawl in Lower East Side. The LES is just turning a little more trendy now but it’s held on to a lot of its immigrant history- you can get fantastic dumplings for 4 for $1 or pickles from the old Eastern European pickle stores- really fun stuff!
I definitely second walking the BK Bridge and eating at Grimaldi’s- seriously, it has to be the best pizza in NYC. Neue Galerie, Cloisters and Tenement Museum are also great. The Met stays open late (til 9pm I think) on Fridays and Saturdays and you can get a drink at the bar on their mezzanine- really beautiful setting!
Post # 9
These are the things I love to do with my husband in NYC.
Must do as other recommend is walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. I recommend doing it at night but it might be a little cold in November so dress warmly. People also recommend doing it from Brooklyn to Manhattan to see the city lights but either direction is romantic.
Basically NYC is a great city to walk around at night. I would be careful in Central Park at night since it’s a bit isolated in some parts but St Marks place is awesome at night as is Times Square. And if you come closer to the end of November when the Christmas Window displays are out on 5th Ave, they’re not as crowed at night.
Top of the Rock is also an amazing place to go to see a view of the city in addition to the Empire State building.
Also depending on what dates in November, there’s tons of holiday stands where people are selling their crafts. The big ones are in Union Square and Bryant Park.
Ice Skating in Rockefeller (You can also ice skate in Bryant Park or Central Park)
IF you want to eat anywhere famous you should call now and see if they take reservations. Most popular restaurants either you have to make reservations or they don’t take any at all but at least you made one if they take it to guarantee you can go. If you like Chinese i recommend Joe Shanghai on Bowery and Pell in Chinatown for Soup Dumplings. Do not get trick to go to the one in Midtown or go to Joe Ginger a few doors down thinking it’ll be the same and you don’t want to wait (they don’t take reservations)…it’s not. Grimaldi’s doesn’t take reservations either but if you want Peter Leugers you should call right this second. I’ve called 2 months in advance and they had nothing open for dinner.
That’s all I can think of for now.
Post # 10
I’m not sure if you will be there around the time, but how about Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!! And then you can check out Radio City’s Christmas Specactular! I love NYC, but just ADORE NYC during the Holidays =)
Post # 11
I second Joes Shanghai, the service is terrible but the soup dumplings are delicious.
Avoid Times Square at all costs.
I think Ice Skating in Central Park is better than Rockefellar.
If youre going around Thanksgiving I recommend you watch them blow up the floats (its on the upper west side somewhere) and skip the parade which is insanely packed.
Post # 12
Such great info. We are also going to NYC for part of our honeymoon but in April. We are also from Florida so wanted to stay away from the hot beachy tropical destinations. So excited, great info. Is there anything we should know for April?
Post # 13
Wow. Thank you all for the responses! We had went to NYC this past summer and were only there for 1 day and all we did was a red bus tour. We both want so bad to see more of the city and actually get to DO things! At the top of his list is going to the NBA store! Haha. We aren’t getting married until Nov. 12 next year, so does anyone know if the ice skating rink is open by then? I would really LOVE to do that! Maybe we should delay the honeymoon until a few weeks after the wedding and be there for the tree lighting??
Post # 14
@pinkb: The weather in April is really unpredictable. It could snow or it could be pleasant. The city is not nearly as busy which is nice.
This place runs scavenger hunts in several locations around the city that are fun. I took my FI on the Little Italy/Chinatown hunt for his bday a few years ago.
Post # 15
I have to disagree with some PP… I have been to both the Empire State Building and the Top of the Rock, and honestly, Top of the Rock was MUCH better. ESB is much too narrow and crowded (Top of the rock has 2 or 3 larger viewing decks), plus I thought it was cooler to see the ESB from high up than it was actually being on top of the ESB.
I also suggest exploring brooklyn. its really lovely…
You should sign up for NYC and Brooklyn’s daily groupon and livingsocial email, they sometimes have great deals on touristy things, like a sunset boat cruise or pizza tours. you could even get a good spa deal 🙂
@pinkb: April is a good time to go to the bronx zoo or down to coney island…
Post # 16
November in the city is my favorite time of year! I’m guessing by the NBA store comment, you guys are sports fans – maybe you could catch a game at Madison Square Garden while you’re in town (that’s an experience in and of itself.) What specific interests do you two have? Are you foodies, museum-lovers, partiers, into the tourist thing, into the non-tourist thing, etc?