Greg from Atlanta writes: I stumbled across your website while I was researching an upcoming trip to Manhattan for an upcoming engagement to my girlfriend...Can you recommend a unique, beautiful, off-beat place for the proposal?
I received this email over the summer, and Greg was planning his trip for the early fall. Hopefully the lucky girl has said yes by now and I'm not spoiling any surprises. So, here's a few suggestions for the perfect proposal in Manhattan...
There's a roof garden
on the top of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
. It's got a breathtaking view of Central Park and is a very special, very New York place. That'd be at the top of my list. However, it's only open seasonally so call ahead for hours/availability.
If the roof garden is closed you might want to propose inside the museum itself. The Met
stays open until 9PM on Fridays and Saturdays and it's virtually empty towards the end of the day. It might be very cool to pop the question in the Impressionist gallery or in the giant Egyptian ruin room.
For something completely different there are great helicopter tour rides
around the city. They're really fun (at least to an aviation buff like me) and offer an adventurous way to see the city. It's especially romantic at night. That could be an option if you're into a mid-air proposal.
One of my favorite spots in all of Manhattan is the Cloisters/Fort Tyron Park
. It's off the beaten path and way, way uptown, but it's so worth the trip. It's got great medieval-inspired architecture and a killer view of the Hudson River. This is the perfect spot for a lunchtime, picnic proposal.
And I'm not that keen on restaurant proposals, but if that's your bag I'd recommend Terrace in the Sky
restaurant on West 119th Street -- very, very romantic with an amazing view and delicious food. Another option is The River Cafe
in Brooklyn. Its waterside location and unbeatable view of the Manhattan skyline make it a truly special restaurant.
I hope these ideas help and I'm sure your girlfriend will love whatever you choose!
***UPDATE*** I've already received a ton of comments/emails asking about our engagement, so here goes:
Chappy proposed to me in a bank vault. Very different, very cool.
The back story.... Chappy was single when his mother passed away and she left him her beautiful Art Deco engagement ring. He kept it in a safe deposit box in one of those impressive old banks in our neighborhood.
He took me to the impressive old bank one morning... We went down into the vault, got out the safety deposit box, ducked into one of those tiny little rooms where you have privacy to look at your stuff, and voila - he got out his mother's ring and proposed.
And we lived happily ever after...