(Closed) Surprising FI with honeymoon @ wedding! Need advice planning NYC honeymoon.

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
3420 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Manhattan Church Rec Center

You can always swing by the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park to see a great puppet show in a comfortable setting. Go to the Shakespeare Garden and belvedere castle. It is so beauiful. 

My favorite place to hang is the South Street Seaport.

Also check out the nightlife in Williamsburg and Astoria.

Check out some off broadway plays. that is where the good stuff is.

ETA: I see you are coming in November so you may want to check out the foodie blogs cause there may be some great resteraunt deals.

Also check out Groupon and Living Social deals for great activities.

Post # 4
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

If it’s still there, I would go to 5 Pointz in Long Islandy City (right outside of Manhattan in Queens) – it’s an outdoor gallery for graffiti and is scheduled to be turned into condos soon. 

As for must-do, the city is filled with them. Museum of Natural History, various parts of Central Park, shows, concerts, etc.

As your trip approaches, I would check Time Out NY for suggestions. They usually have lists like “100 things to do in NYC this winter” 

Depending on the weather, you might be able to go ice skating at Rockefeller Center or Bryant Park. 

If you’re into sports, hockey and basketball are in season at that time.

There is also the Brooklyn Winter Flea where vendors gather in a restored bank and you can go around, people watch, buy things and eat some pretty good food. 

While in Brooklyn, there are a ton of cool bars/restaurants, as well as some amazing pizza places.

If there is any regional food that you particularly like (Greek/Carribean/Chinese/Korean/Thai, etc) you could search it online and find a neighborhood in BK or Queens that is filled with people making their native foods. 


Post # 7
9954 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Sounds romantic…

BUT still I’d be cautious about pulling this off…

I mean WHAT IF… he has a similar plan for you… a surprise Honeymoon in XYZ ?

Afterall it is traditionally the Husband’s Responsibility to plan the Honeymoon.

It would suck if you guys are left facing amounts that are paid / booked and non-fundable just for the sake of being cute / romantic with your trying to surprise each other

Honestly, I’d sit down and let him know… and see what he thinks

And then you can make plans confidently… still throw in some surprises… but at least none of your money will be wasted / lost by a mix-up

Hope this helps,


Post # 9
4 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

If you’d like to stay somewhere artsy/quirky/fun, being near Central Park won’t be the best choice. Staying near the park will, however, provide you with very quick access to a lot of the city’s attractions and activities. The area surrounding the park, leans toward the family oriented residential buildings. Clarification, family oriented with 250k+ household incomes, thereby minimizing guerilla nightlife. It leans toward more sophisticated, which is what I’d prefer for old style NYC exploration. 

That aside, mix in a bit of classic and a bit of ‘new’. I wouldn’t attempt to tackle all the boroughs at once in a week. While Brooklyn and Queens have plenty to offer ‘off the beaten path’, you’ll have a LOT to explore in Manhattan itself, which offers an agreeable dose of variety. All the walking will also wear you guys out, so sticking to a nice mix of exploration and relaxation will let you inhale the city in a reasonable manner and let you enjoy your honeymoon, not leave you exhausted with the swarms of tourists in Times Square.

If this is your first time visiting, I’d highly recommend starting off with ‘essentials’ and moving on to the ‘events’. Pick double whammys. If you want to visit Times Square, walk through it in the evening on the way to a nice dinner or a show. Don’t make it the destination.

It really depends what you guys are into and what you’d like to explore. I would HIGHLY recommend the Met. Opera at Lincoln Center for a night of pure blissful splurge. Pair it with a dinner at Picholine across the street. This also assumes you have a reasonable budget to splurge. If you’d like something more budget friendly there are an obscene number of options downtown! West Village cradles many staple restaurants with solid menus (Yelp restaurants and sort by rating, pick out the top rated few and check out the menus and prices).

Again, it all comes out to budget and interests.

Post # 10
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Don’t worry too much about getting a hotel near Central Park.. you probably won’t be able to see the park from your room, and the park is really a short subway ride from pretty much anywhere. Plan on getting a MetroPass, and take the subway as often as you can… the bus takes too long and taxis can be… an adventure.

In terms of quirky hotels, I do remember reading about the Library Hotel, never been (I live 20 mins away, no point in staying the night for me) http://www.libraryhotel.com/ I don’t know  where it is, only that it involves rooms organized by books.

If you’ve never been before, consider mixing a few “tourist” destinations with a few fun and funky ones: going to the top of the Empire State building, visting some museums, maybe even a double decker bus tour (my mom wants to do that so badly, I don’t know why… she lives 20 mins away too). If the weather was nicer, I’d suggest the Highline, but it will be open anyway and is a really neat park in a really neat neighborhood (very close to the Chelsea Market).
OH! Brooklyn Bowl! Do you like bowling? That place is a lot of fun. Literally right next door to the Brooklyn Brewery, and there’s some neat thrift shops and sometimes craft/ food fairs in that neighborhood. It’s literally a subway ride away, not too far to make both a date night. You can always get a taxi back if you like (even though I’m not cray about them, save some money for taxi rides… they’re good to have when you need them)

Speaking of fairs, if you go in November, give yourselves some time to walk around the holiday craft markets. There are a few around, I usually wind up at the one near Union Square? I forget.

By The Way, on the subject of holidays… the city will have more people than usual. More tourists, more shoppers. Watch your wallets (I’ve never been pickpocketed but I am very careful around the holidays anywhere). Chinatown, Times Square, and Rockefeller will especially be packed with people.
Ice skating in Bryant Park costs only the price of renting the skates, that’s fun to do in the winter, too (earlier in the day is less crowded).

Do you like chinese food? Joe Shanghai’s in Chinatown is fun (can be a bit of a long wait, but soup dumplings and low prices are worth it). You can skip it if you like – we like it because it’s a lot of good cheap food, it’s nothing crazy special. If you’re a vegetarian or like veggies, I’ve heard good things about Dirt Candy. Plenty of good places to get a burger. You probably want to balance expensive resturants with inexpensive, fun places to grab a bite.
I’m not really a good person to talk about NYC food, we either go to Joe Shanghai’s or Platters (look it up, very yummy), or we walk around and find somewhere random to eat. ๐Ÿ˜›

Post # 13
483 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I LOVE New York!  My favorite place to stay that is reasonable is the Warwick Hotel–not far at all from Central Park, etc.  The Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island is really a fun thing to do.  We also got in the audience for the Letterman show, which was fun–we also went to the taping of the Today Show.  Central Park is awesome!  Have a great time!

Post # 14
6221 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

@bridesmomma:  Right now the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island are closed due to damage from Sandy, but you can go on the boat and see it from the outside.

I don’t know where you’re from, but make sure you bring a coat! 

Post # 16
6221 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

@sweetdee522:  yup! Freezing temperatures aren’t out of the question, so make sure you bring the necessary winter accessories, especially if you plan on walking everywhere. Scarves, hats, gloves, coats, etc.

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