A popular destination for smitten newlyweds, the city that never sleeps has a wide array of romantic options for honeymooners that stretch far beyond the usual tourist traps. LOCALIKE New York has put together their recommendations for 24 hours in the Big Apple, perfect for a minimoon or those stopping off in the city on their way to the next destination. The personalised travel service, allows visitors to experience New York like a local. Travellers complete an online travel profile, highlighting their preferences and interests during their time in the city. LOCALIKE’s local experts will create a personalised itinerary which includes bespoke advice on the most up-to-date and off the beaten path sights, events and restaurants.
Overnight stay: The Williamsburg Hotel
The essence of an entire neighbourhood was distilled into this hotel. The Williamsburg Hotel is in equal parts hip, high-end and historical. The industrial past of its surrounding is merged with the drive of its present as a creative hub. The boutique hotel’s cosy design and private atmosphere make it perfect for a lovers’ getaway.
From its affectionately designed furnishings to the fanciful getup of its servers, this charming restaurant is a close-to-perfect representation of a romantic café of bygone days. Its only weakness is its small capacity (there are around 15 tables). The small size, however, creates an intimate ambiance for any couple’s brunch or breakfast. We particularly recommend the hidden courtyard.
Morning activity: Tribecca Sailing
The feeling of the fresh breeze joins breath-taking skyline views onboard a Tribeca Sailing private cruise. Make new memories together, while sailing the waters around the island of Manhattan and enjoying unforgettable moments on their historical yacht.
Lunch: Pearl Oyster Bar
“New England Style” seafood restaurants have become an incremental part of New York’s restaurant scene. The small and fun place Pearl Oyster Bar serves one of the best lobster rolls in town. Also known as the coastal burger, this is lobster tossed in a homemade mayo sauce and served on a toasted bun. Combine it with their other delicious seafood dishes to create your own tasting menu of sorts.
Afternoon activity: Bakery Workshop
Ideally, you had already known each other inside and out before you tied the knot but learning a new skill is a unique way to get to know each other even better. The traditional bakery Mille Feuille offers private classes for two by a Parisian chef who introduces the fine-honed skills of pastry baking. Pick your favourite French pastry and take a box home: macarons, croissants, eclairs or chouxs.
Dinner: 4 Charles Prime Rib
The steakhouse 4 Charles Prime Rib gives the first impression of an old and established New York restaurant with lots of dark wood and leather, old paintings and dim lighting. Actually, it has been a rather recent addition to the city’s restaurant landscape, combining the energy of a new place with NY’s old-school restaurant charm. You will not be able to shake the feeling you somehow stumbled onto the set of The Godfather.
Entertainment: Band’s Visit
One of the most beautiful love stories currently on Broadway is the tale of how laughter and music connect us all. An Egyptian police Colonel and an Israeli restaurant owner meet by chance in a little town and their joint love for music brings them together. Exceptionally talented onstage musicians sweep the audience away with lively rhythms. The Band’s Visit is the winner of 10 Tony Awards, one of which is the 2018 Tony Award for the Best Musical.
Bar: Press Lounge
The bar on the roof of the Ink48 Hotel offers an utterly spectacular view over Midtown. Especially during sunset, when the light from over the Hudson River shines directly onto the building facades, it’s a picture-perfect vision. Enjoy this unique sundown as the ideal end to a truly romantic day in the city.