When searching for the best places to propose in New York City, one could easily be bewitched by the lure of classic, history-saturated locations from the Empire State Building to the Statue of Liberty. However, if you crave truly unique NYC proposal ideas, the only way to proceed is by selecting a distinctive and slightly-more-under-the-radar locale. Thankfully, the Big Apple is full of more obscure, romantic restaurants, nature-steeped nooks, and specialty entertainment sites to take a knee that celebrate the city, without feeling like the proposal equivalent of an “I Heart New York” t-shirt.
Botanists and nature aficionados alike will adore Governor’s Island for its unadulterated urban vistas and air of repose. “This quiet island is filled with perfect waterfront picnic spots, million-dollar views of Manhattan, and is a protected historical location,” Pease recommends.
Midtown Loft and Terrace
An urban oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of New York City, Midtown Loft and Terrace offers a beautiful backdrop for a planned proposal. “In the middle of Manhattan, this terrace is just below the Empire State Building and even though you are in the thick of the city, this space creates a private area for an intimate proposal. The photos are stunning and this can be followed up with a romantic dinner at one of the many nearby restaurants,” Vanden-Heuvel recommends.
If you wish to include the Statue of Liberty in your proposal without braving the throngs of tourists, try one of Pier A’s beautifully revamped restaurants instead; the locale features an enchanting view of the monument along with a mouthwatering menu perfect for toasting to a new engagement. “The newly renovated, yet historical pier has the closest view of Statue of Liberty, along with either casual or fine dining restaurants inside one building,” Vanden-Heuvel advises.
The Lake at Central Park
If a sailboat is out of the question, Verger recommends lending the proposal a nautical air by renting a row boat from the Central Park Boathouse. The proposal plan also possesses unforeseen advantages for skittish brides-to-be. “She can’t escape from here!” Verger quips.