Busy and brash, New York can also be one of the most romantic places on earth. You needn’t spend a fortune to engage in such heartwarming follies as watching day turn to night over the Manhattan skyline from the deck of the Staten Island Ferry or sauntering through Central Park and into the galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (followed by a drink on the museum’s rooftop sculpture garden).
Romance is in the air even in such prosaic places as Grand Central Terminal, where you can share a Martini or two and a giant plate of oysters in the Oyster Bar or in the clubby confines of the Campbell Apartment. City lights provide a romance-inducing spectacle from such hideaways in the sky as The Roof, while back on terra firma, the King Cole Bar is one of those plush lairs bound to sweep just about anyone off of his or her feet.
Should you lose control and make a long-term commitment, the stretch of Fifth Avenue just outside the door is lined with the world’s most famous purveyors of engagement rings and other jewelry – and the Diamond District is just down the avenue on 47th Street.