The Best NYC Anniversary Ideas – From 8 Brooklyn Women

TODAY is our 4-year anniversary!! Though it feels as though we’ve been together forever.

We are so, so happy to celebrate together, especially when there is supposedly a killer Mexican food restaurant in Cuenca that we haven’t tried yet (El Pedregal Azteca). Tonight we’ll be dining on tacos and I am so excited I can hardly wait. And mostly, I have just loved, loved every time Danny has reminded me with a big smile that our anniversary has been coming up. He’s been reminiscing about our love story all week. I never tire at how LOVING and giddy that guy is-especially towards me!!! Holy crap -it’s the best thing ever. Danny is a big reason why I started this blog. I finally just had it so good that I felt like I had to do something to give back.

In honor of our anniversary today, I thought I’d share with you THE MOST AMAZING IDEAS for a memorable, magical anniversary in NYC. 

These came straight from the mouths of my girlfriends in Brooklyn. Recently one of them needed anniversary ideas and you can see for yourself here that everyone came through for her big time. Please zap me back to New York. I want to do every single one of these!!!
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1. “Romance=nighttime city views and waterside seating and you can get both of those at the Loeb Boathouse Restaurant in Central Park or The River Café by Brooklyn Bridge Park. The River Café is PRETTY cussing PRICEY but there’s nothing I’d rather cash in my daughter’s college fund for than a chocolate cake in the shape of the Brooklyn Bridge. The Loeb Boathouse is obviously beautiful and scenic and then you could take a boat out. (Boat rentals were $12 when we were there. The line was long but moved really fast.) Also there are TURTLES that swim right close to you so you can dip into the water and grab them. (Warning: you will instantly regret this because actually inner city turtles are disgusting).”  -Suzie Cook

2. “A trapeze class at Hudson River Park (near Chelsea Piers). It sounds totally terrifying in a possibly romantic way? or a pee your pants way.” -Mim Harwood

3. “It’s not a knock-your-socks-off atmosphere, but the tasting menu at Battersby (on Smith St. in Carroll Gardens) was the best meal of my life. I love to do tasting menus for special occasions and that one was my favorite and a really good deal! (Although I heard they may have raised the price.) Also they recently opened their sister restaurant Dover at that cursed corner location on Court St. and 1st St. (where the Magic Fountain and then that nasty burger place used to be.) Haven’t been yet but it’s on my list.” Linsey Laidlaw

4. “LISTEN did you know you can get student rush tickets to Of Mice and Men with none other than the beloved (?) James Franco? They’re only $35 and are sold when the box office opens. They open at 10:00 am so I bet you don’t have to go super early.” -Suzie Cook

5. “Last year for our anniversary we just went on a bike ride. We did the trail up to Brooklyn Bridge Park and then took the ferry across the river and continued up the west side highway and got sandwiches somewhere along the way. We just ate them outside. We parked and wandered the West Village for a while (almost bought a puppy at that pet shop there the mood was so drunk in love. Close call.) It was one of my most favorite dates ever.” Linsey Laidlaw
6. “If it’s a great dinner you’re after, I can’t recommend Bobby Flay’s new Gato enough! The Mediterranean menu is knock down drag out delicious. If you can’t book a reservation through open table, just call directly. They’re still in their “soft open” stage, but it is SO good and the atmosphere is really stellar as well. A seat near the open kitchen would be fun.” Kelsey Nixon

7. “Back when we were young and wild and free, we kayaked on the Hudson River. It’s a one hour lesson and then you row up and down for a couple hours, dodging booze cruises all the while. It was really fun.” Koseli Cummings 

8. “Right now my favorite way to celebrate (when we have the time) is the quick day trip route. Anything in the Hudson Valley holds my heart, namely Storm King, Dia:Beacon, and any of the Vanderbilt or historic mansions. Lyndenhurst is probably only an hour away in Tarrytown (they are hosting a Mother’s Day piano and baritone concert), or the Gold Coast Mansions along the north shore of Long Island are equidistant. Beautiful grounds for the kids to run around in, and then plenty of suburban dining for the picking (Cheesecake Factory!). Poughkeepsie has a walk/bikeway over the Hudson that has incredible views, and actually West Point is equally stunning and we have wanted to go to a football game there sometime.” -Angie Hansen

9. “Visit the Aire Bathhouse in Chinatown.” Koseli Cummings

10. “A cruise around Manhattan. There’s a sunset cruise that looks amazing.” Koseli Cummings

11. “I keep hearing that Mohonk Mountain House is really cool. It’s the closest thing to staying in a castle in the Hudson Valley. They also have tons of outdoor activities.” -Mara Kofoed

12. “I also LOVE Nom Wah Tea Parlor in Chinatown for Dim Sum. It’s like a Chinese Diner stuck in the 50s on the coolest little windy street. It’s been my birthday dinner of choice for the past couple of years.” Kelsey Nixon

13. “If you are fans of sushi and have seen the Netflix documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” you might interested in checking out Sushi Nakazawa. Jiro’s apprentice left the master to come to NYC and open up a restaurant. I’ve heard AMAZING things. Feels like a very exclusive and special experience.” Kelsey Nixon 

14. “Dia:Beacon Museum. It’s absolutely stunning. Sometimes they also have events there (concerts, dance performances, etc.). You can also walk through the nearby downtown of Beacon.” -Mara Kofoed

15. “The Modern (the fine dining restaurant at the MoMa) is so nice. Abby and Brian often go there for their anniversaries and so for my wedding they gave Danny and I a dinner there. The food presentation is so beautiful.  You could combine the dinner with the museum.” -Mara Kofoed

16. “You could eat at The Standard.” Koseli Cummings

17. “In the city, favorites of mine are mostly consumed with Ramen and seafood these days. We rented bikes at Hudson Cycles in the west village once and biked down the river and then wandered the Village, and it was fantastic. In the summer the High Line does mini astronomy classes, not sure when they start. And I don’t know if it’s a class so much as a fun activity, but the Highline is always a great place for a date. How about Mini Golf on Pier 25? Cheap, but pretty fun.” -Angie Hansen

18. “A quaint dinner in the outdoor space at The Good Fork in Red Hook. Best dumplings, crab cakes. I love it there.” Koseli Cummings 

19. “Try Spa Castle, the Korean day spa in Queens or a Russian dinner theater in Brighton Beach.” -Elizabeth Bulfin

20. “I also think one of those cheesy river cruises would be kind of fun. Actually maybe not for a one-on-one date, unless you are really into staring into each other’s eyes, but we should go with a big group sometime. And play a game on board. Mim, I had to unsubscribe from Groupon cause I kept buying the most random crap I never used, so you keep an eye out for a good river cruise for us all to go on. ”  Linsey Laidlaw

21. “All I want for my next wedding anniversary is a pass into the Soho House to celebrity gawk. Kidding. But not really.” Kelsey Nixon
22. “I don’t like Times Square BUT Times Square at night after seeing the most amazing play with Phillip Seymour Hoffman RIP is kind of awesome. Everybody is so excited to be there, it’s contagious.” Koseli Cummings 

23. “Fallingwater, the 1930s home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is a MUST at some point for all of you. Seriously. It’s unbelievable.” -Mara Kofoed

24. “Blue Hill at Stone Barns is one of my favorite places. The interior itself is spectacular. There is no menu. They feed you a “farmer’s feast” of courses based on what is in season and it all feels so fancy. The table service is out of this world – it’s just so fun to watch all the staff buzzing on a busy evening (I went around Christmas time.) They have their own farms, hatcheries, raised meat. They also have activities at the farm during the day.” -Mara Kofoed
25. “I haven’t visited yet, but I’ve heard that the Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens at the PepsiCo headquarters (in Westchester County) are absolutely stunning and FREE. A very talented art director once told me we had to visit. It would be such a fun day trip.” -Mara Kofoed

26. “Sleep No More in Chelsea, or an amazing play would always be a pick for me.” Koseli Cummings

27.  “We looove the food at The Spotted Pig in the west village. It’s super quaint. You must get the garlic rosemary string fries and sheep’s milk ricotta gnudi that they are famous for. It’s right by the High Line so you could go for a stroll after dinner. Every Tuesday evening they do “Stargazing on the High Line” where you can gaze at the stars, planets, and moon through the high-powered telescopes of the Amateur Astronomers Association, and chat with the experts about the sights you see.”  -Mara Kofoed

28. “Go to a hotel in Times Square. 😉 It would be super romantic to take your newborn with you to a hotel with you and breastfeed and sleep train the night away.” -Suzie Cook

And now I am so homesick for New York!!! oye.

How about you, my friends? Would you add anything to this list? Or do you have an amazing anniversary date you’d love to share? 

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  1. Heather May 7, 2014 at 11:21 am - Reply

    In warmer weather…drinks on the roof of the MET, and a stroll through the museum! (although I've never actually done this on my anniversary!)

    • mara May 12, 2014 at 3:28 am - Reply

      Yess!!! The Met!! Such perfection. This time of year would be spectacular up there.

  2. April @ Hansen Love May 7, 2014 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    New York is my dream! Speaking of!!!! I am married to Marylyn Sundquist's nephew! I had no idea you two knew each other, small world 🙂

  3. Camille Millecam Whiting May 7, 2014 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    I am so grateful for this list- Next travel to NYC will include some of these things- thank you!

    • mara May 12, 2014 at 3:29 am - Reply

      Yes! These are all great ideas of anyone visiting, too. I already have some of them on my list for when we visit/return to Brooklyn.

  4. Chinkara May 8, 2014 at 1:53 am - Reply

    Mara!! You give them a wad of money and say – surprise us. It is so delightful that the two of you have no idea what you're walking into, then all of a sudden you're walkin on stilts, doing acrobatic yoga, and playing the didjereedoo. I swear, some of our best anniversaries.

    • mara May 12, 2014 at 3:30 am - Reply

      SO glad you wrote this here. I remember you guys raving about this. It sounds so, so fun!

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  6. nancy john July 9, 2014 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    There are really great gift ideas for women. I am supposed to find something for my mother for mother's day

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  7. Diamond Engagement Rings July 23, 2014 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    Lovely collection of ideas! I quite like the idea of a trapeze class, we don’t quite have anything like that here in the UK but it sounds like so much fun! – Juliette

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