First dates are always tough. It doesn’t matter if we’re fourteen or forty-four—we’re nervous. If it’s a blind date, we know we have to make an instant impression. If we’re finally spending an evening with someone we’ve admired, we want to make sure that all goes well so that, perhaps, romance
will blossom. To my mind, there is no better place in Manhattan for an important first date than the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Even if neither of you is an art aficionado, you are bound to find something fascinating—the Temple of Dendur, the English armor, the Greek statuary, the Impressionist paintings, or perhaps the works of twentieth-century art. A few years back, the Met began staying open on Friday and Saturday evenings until 8:45 P.M. Somehow, even when a major show is in progress, the Met seems to assume a certain quiet calm after 6:00 P.M. Just strolling through the rooms is incredibly romantic
. What’s more, the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, which is open from May through October, offers one of the most spectacular views in the city, especially in autumn, when the trees in Central Park are in full color. Then, after you’ve stimulated your mind and your senses, enjoy a romantic dinner at a nearby restaurant. This chapter is a true insiders’ guide revealing great nightlife, romantic hotels, intimate dining venues, secluded retreats, and much more.
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Best Time to Go:
Year-round; best in spring
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Romantic Days and Nights in New York City Guide Book