There’s something about New York summer nights. They’re alive with possibility, budding with romance. As the sun begins to dip and the air cools down, this crazy town transforms into a lovers’ paradise, where around every corner is another opportunity for flirtation. All you have to do is step out of the Wagner Battery Park and true love awaits throughout downtown New York.
Start your Battery Park date night on the water with a sunset cruise by Sail Sunset, where Captain James Brooks operates a 37-feet yacht that’s perfect for smaller, intimate sailing charters. Sip on champagne as the boat takes you around historic Battery Park monuments and the New York skyline as the sun sets over the Hudson River. If it’s a picture perfect evening, plan your selfie at the perfect golden hour as Ellis Island glimmers in the distance.
Once back on land, whet your palette with a cocktail at Blacktail, located on nearby Pier A. The ambitious goal of Blacktail was to create the best cocktail bar in the world inspired by American bars in Cuba from the 1920’s. Contemporary interpretations include mojitos, rum and sodas and daiquiris. Resist the urge to order the burger as a delicious dinner awaits.
With a good buzz in place, it’s on to a romantic dinner at Augustine, an elegant and classically designed French brasserie by Keith McNally located in the Beekman Hotel. The ambiance is buzzy and fun but reserve a corner candlelit table to be away from it all. Conjure up Paris vibes as you dip into filet mignon au poivre and admire the painted glazed tiles and vines of tiger lilies, chrysanthemums, peonies and poppies climbing the walls. Gaze longingly into your loved one’s eyes as you spoon each other bites of pavlova and plan your future together.