Tag: Date

Manhattan Dinner Cruise

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Every year Kyle comes up with the most creative and meaningful birthday gifts, but this year he totally outdid himself. For my gift this year he booked a sunset dinner cruise around Manhattan. I had never seen the city from the water before, so I was extremely excited for my birthday adventure.

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Our cruise was through Hornblower and they did a wonderful job planning the trip. There was an hor d’oeuvres and cocktail hour on the boat, followed by a three-course meal and after-dinner dancing. The boat cruised around the Hudson and the East River and had great photo-ops near the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge.

There was a beautiful deck on the boat where you could stand or sit outside before or after dinner, or between courses. The weather was beautiful, so we enjoyed sipping on our drinks outside while taking in the breathtaking views.

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As far as our meal, the different courses were pretty tasty. I ordered the Tamarind and Orange Glazed Duck Breast for my appetizer, and the Oven Roasted Chicken Breast for my entree. Both were extremely well-prepared and had great flavor. The sweet potato puree with my appetizer was so well-seasoned I could have eaten a whole bowl of just that.  Kyle ordered the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake as his appetizer, and the Pan Seared Filet of Beef for his entree and they were pretty amazing too.. I had bites of course.  For dessert, I ordered the cheesecake, my absolute favorite NYC specialty.

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The DJ played great music, mixing in the old with the new, and got everyone on the boat in a great mood. He played some top pop hits, some salsa music, and even some Frank Sinatra.

The Manhattan skyline lit up against the night sky is unlike anything else you will see in your life. We stood outside for almost half an hour just taking in the view.

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For anyone living in, or visiting, NYC looking for a fun night out with friends or a romantic dinner date, I would definitely suggest booking a boat cruise through Hornblower. It was one of the most memorable nights in NYC I have had yet.

A Date in Central Park

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I was lucky enough to have my boyfriend visit for the Fourth of July holiday. There were so many amazing places that I wanted to show him in NYC, and one of those spots was Central Park. Many people have seen Central Park in the crowded, touristy, way, but there are areas in the park that are so amazing and romantic, and often missed.

We entered Central Park right around 81st, roughly the middle of the park, and first headed to Belvedere Castle. It was fun to walk up the tight, spiraling, staircase together, and the view from the top of the castle was amazing. Next, we headed down the wooded paths near The Lake toward Bow Bridge. The paths were winding, hilly, and fun to walk through. When we arrived at Bow Bridge we sat in a covered bench area right next to the water. This area was nice and quiet and the perfect spot to watch boaters row by and have a good conversation.

After Bow Bridge, we stopped to admire the Bethesda Terrace and took in the culture around us. In this area of the park there are a lot of artists and street musicians, it is a ton of fun to just walk around and enjoy the atmosphere.

I loved walking under all of the bridges in Central park, the vines are gorgeous and it seems that each bridge is unique in its own way. This walk lead us to our final destination in the park, Conservatory Water. Here, we sat back and relaxed for a while. It was fun to watch people drive their sailboats in the water, and reminded us of all the times we had seen this spot in movies.

Our adventure in Central Park was amazing! Everyone should take some time in NYC to experience all that it has to offer.