Turn up the heat on your winter romance. That’s right, New York City: Just because it is cold outside, doesn’t mean your dating life has to be put on hold. There is still plenty to do this winter, both inside and out. And no, we don’t suggest you spend your bucks on a Central Park horse-drawn carriage ride.  By Alyson Schwartz.

Homemade Dinner From Chelsea Market

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Chelsea Market
5 9th Ave
NY, NY 10011

Chelsea Market has an amazing selection of specialty food shops, making it the perfect location to purchase supplies for an evening at home. They say cooking is the way to a man’s heart, but it is way more fun to spend time in the kitchen together. Dickson’s Farmstand Meats has a great selection of meats, all from local farmers. Spend time making the entrée, but leave it to Fat Witch Bakery to take care of the dessert for you. And of course don’t forget the wine, Chelsea Wine Vault has amazing selection of wines to pair with whatever meal you have chosen.

Sip & Skate

Bryant Park Ice Skating
40th and 42nd Streets and 5th and 6th Avenue
New York, New York 10018

Campbell Apartment
89 East 42nd Street (in Grand Central Station)
NY, NY 10017

For just the price of skate rental (and nothing if you have your own) you can attempt to gracefully glide your way around the The Pond at Bryant Park. The line can get long, so try to arrive early. When your legs start to wobble and your fingers are cold, warm up in the beauty of The Campbell Apartment. Once owned by John Campbell, his personal office, turned bar and restaurant is a magnificent restoration of its original 1920’s splendor. And of course the drinks are a perfect complement to the décor.

See A Show

Carnegie Hall
881 7th Ave
NY, NY 10106

Tickets range in price as much as the variety of performances at Carnegie Hall. With everything from The New York Pops to Billy Charlap and Renee Rosnes and tickets starting as low as $16 you are bound to find something you can both agree on, even if it is just the beauty and history of the hall itself.

Hot Chocolate & Art

Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th Street
NY, NY 10011

City Bakery
3 West 18th Street
NY, NY 10011

Avoid the crowds of Museum Mile while taking in the beautiful exhibits at the Rubin Museum of Art. Specializing in Himalayan works, the collections are fascinating and definitely will spark conversation. After you have worked up an appetite, walk a few blocks east to City Bakery for some of the best hot chocolate in town. Be sure to splurge on their famous homemade marshmallows. The hot chocolate is so rich, you might want to share, but I doubt you’ll mind – that is, if the date is going well!

Morgan Library & Museum

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225 Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10016

After perusing Piermont Morgan’s private assemblage of books and artwork, you’ll be inspired to start your own library. Maybe it will even spark talk of a joint collection? The newly renovated library is just part of this amazing personal collection of books and artworks. The current exhibition of Roy Lichtenstein’s work is not to be missed. After taking this all in, enjoy bite to eat in the Morgan Dining room which will be just as inspiring as the rest of the museum.

Alyson Schwartz is the author of the blog Ribbonsofthought, which features musings on topics from fashion to NYC living including fun activities, food and unique finds.

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