Valentines Day Lunch at The Central Park Boathouse

We are always fans of a Valentines Day Lunch versus dinner. Finding ourselves in The Big Apple for Valentine’s Day this year, there was only one spot I wanted to go to – The Central Park Boathouse.

We woke up to temperatures averaging minus 10, but wall to wall sunshine. Having not yet seen the Flatiron Building, we made a beeline towards it for breakfast. Unfortunately, it was covered in scaffolding. But we could still see the iconic shape and, of course, got some snaps outside it. With no breakfast spots catching our eye, we settled on getting some pastries and coffee from Eataly and finding a sunny spot on the terrace to eat them.

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We were surrounded by the cutest little brown finches, who were particularly confident and wanted to share our meal. We obliged and gave them a few crumbs. As they flitted around us, we gobbled down our pastries as quickly as possible. So that we could get walking again. Because everything in New York is so tall, you literally get a patch of sunshine for just a few minutes before it’s gone again. Plunged into shade by a skyscraper. We walked again, to get some heat back into our legs. Popped back to the hotel for a quick change and to add more layers. Then back out the door and on our way to Central Park. We had booked a table the day before, which was lucky as it seemed everyone in the city had had the same idea as us.

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It’s worth noting that if you want something in New York, you always have to ask for it and we were a little gutted that we hadn’t been placed by the windows. A glass of rosé in hand though and I didn’t really mind!

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The sun streamed through the windows. Reflecting the water onto the ceiling, so that the shadows danced and flitted through the room. We settled on just having mains, so I went for a tomato pasta (brave considering my outfit choice) and Ben went for the Lamb Shank.

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Both meals were delicious, although I had to take Ben’s word for it with his due to my recent non-meat eating status. We skipped pudding in favour of another glass of wine each. Happily soaking up the sun, before heading back out into Central Park to walk off the meal.

Central Park is such an incredible place. It’s the same as you see in the movies, but different. The iconic Ice Rink that you always see is actually so much smaller than I always thought it was. You can get lost walking between the pathways and then all of a sudden, there’s a skyscraper!

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Horses parade through the park carrying couples or groups of people snapping away at anything and everything. There are ponds, lakes and even caves hidden away from the crowds. One of my favourite spots though, was just around the corner from The Boat House. Bathesda Terrace and The Angel of the Waters are the names of the Fountain and The Grand Terrace and staircase that sweep down to meet the lake below. Both beautiful structures with incredibly ornate detailing. The sun shone perfectly through the arches and lit up the interior and the incredible ceiling.

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Just before we left the park, we climbed up to one of the highest points to get a good view of the city surrounding us. It really is such a bizarre concept, being surrounded by skyscrapers but in such a wild spot.

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In the evening, we were lucky enough to attend The Eagles in Concert at Madison Square Gardens. An incredible evening filled with some absolute classics, an amazing atmosphere and the guys really do still have it! I didn’t get any photos as cameras aren’t allowed, but you can get tickets to see them perform their Hotel California Tour in London in August!

The perfect Valentines Day. Just not sure how we top it next year!

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