The Perfect Day… To Woo Your Sweetheart
Nothing screams romance like Manhattan, but then, nothing screams tourist like carriage rides in Central Park and proposing at Tiffany’s. So grab your lurver and sashay this way for a day of breath-snatching views, culinary fireworks and heart-and-plastic-melting shopportunities, done the LUXE way.
Just like you and your squeeze, croissants and donuts are better together, so start your journée d’amour with a coveted cronut from Dominique Ansel Bakery, then grab a cab northwards, and work off those calories with a stroll around Fort Tryon Park’s The Cloisters, secreting away a phenomenal stash of European medieval art. Clever couples that pre-arranged a Perfect Picnic can then settle down on the lawn to a butler-serviced spread of Med bites to match the continental surroundings. Or, if you prefer alta to al fresco, head downtown to Eleven Madison Park for a deco-dent degustation.
Next up is a hand-in-hand amble through the West Village. Lennon and McCartney famously sang ‘can’t buy me love’, but we think you’ll find that Marc by Marc Jacobs, Bond No.9 and Aedes de Venustas may beg to differ. Plus there’s trad thermal AIRE Ancient Baths nearby if you want to get steamy.
Emerge rejuvenated before you take to the skies with Liberty Helicopters, for starry-eyed sunset vistas over the iconic isle. Sigh! And finally, finish at cosy Chelsea enclave Salinas, with candlelit patio and Spanish shareables for old school swoon-factor.
Dominique Ansel Bakery / 189 Spring St / Soho / +1 212 219 2773 / 8am-7pm Mon-Thu, until 8pm Fri-Sat, 9am-8pm Sun / dominiqueansel.com
The Met Cloisters / 99 Margaret Corbin Dr / Fort Tryon Park / +1 212 923 3700 / 10am-5.15pm Mon-Thu & Sat-Sun, 10am-7.30pm Fri / metmuseum.org
Perfect Picnic / 123 Ludlow St / Lower East Side / +1 212 823 9335 / 6am-3.30pm daily / perfectpicnicnyc.com
Eleven Madison Park / 11 Madison Ave / Midtown / +1 212 889 0905 / lunch Fri-Sun, dinner daily / elevenmadisonpark.com
AIRE Ancient Baths / 88 Franklin St / Lower Manhattan / +1 212 274 3777 / 9am-11pm daily / ancientbathsny.com
Liberty Helicopters / +1 800 542 9933 / libertyhelicopter.com
Salinas / 136 9th Ave / Midtown / +1 212 776 1990 / dinner daily / salinasnyc.com
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