For the brand new brides-to-be who found something extra sparkly under their tree — it's time to celebrate! You have just begun what is undoubtedly the most exciting and special time of your life. First things first, before you begin the planning craziness, take some time to celebrate (alone!) with your new fiancé for a romantic date night. After all, wedding planning is a journey, not just a destination. We've compiled a list of five Jersey spots to celebrate your love and this next (huge!) step in your lives together.
Chart House in Weehawken (Above)
With gorgeous panoramic views of the shimmering city skyline, Chart House offers both unique seafood-based and classic entrees alike, with a culinary team who crafts cuisine infusing local and exotic flavors. Boasting the best seafood in New Jersey as well as the greatest happy hour in New York and New Jersey, Chart House provides its guests with a front row seat to the NYC, with some Jersey charm. With elegant décor (courtesy of a recent million-dollar remodel), an extensive wine list, and a fresh, versatile menu, Chart House is a prime date night spot to kick off the beginning of your forever, together. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Courtesy of Spirit Cruises
No matter how many times you look at it, a view of the New York skyline will always take your breath away. However, on a Spirit of New Jersey dinner cruise, you can experience the skyline in 3D while cruising the Hudson. Sure to make memories that will last a lifetime, the dinner cruise offers buffet-style dinner selections including salads, entrees, vegetarian-friendly offerings and an assortment of mini desserts. On the three-hour cruise, you'll take in picturesque sights from the Freedom Tower to the Statue of Liberty as they literally pass by your dinner table.
Photo: Courtesy of Dino & Harry's
Dino & Harry's (Hoboken)
Candlelight reflects off the tin ceilings and the stained glass designs and vintage details welcome you to Dino and Harry's, a one of a kind steakhouse in the heart of Hoboken, NJ. Located in a historic building built in the 1800s, much of the architecture has been preserved to provide its fine diners with a unique and cozy ambiance. Nestle up to the bar for pre-dinner drinks as you enjoy the live piano music offered on Fridays and Saturdays. Enjoy a variety of starters, steaks, entrees, and a long list of wines before you venture out onto Washington Street and explore what the mile-long "sixth borough" of Hoboken has to offer.
Photo: Courtesy of Crystal Springs Resort
Crystal Springs Resort (Sussex County, NJ)
As a fresh alternative to a Manhattan or an Atlantic City getaway, consider Crystal Springs Resort to help you celebrate your engagement. This compound includes four unique, world-class hotels, two award winning spas, six championship golf courses, and 12 restaurants. Only 55 miles outside of the NY Metro area, this is the perfect spot to spend quality time and a celebratory weekend. Ranked in the Top 100 by Spas of America, this resort serves as a headquarters for relaxation, pampering, and exquisite dining. Offering various types of "Romantic Getaway" packages as well as being in close proximity to a plethora of antique shops, Appalachian Trains, wineries and horseback riding, this is the perfect place to "get away from it all" before you begin planning your perfect day. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Courtesy of Café Matisse
__Café Matisse (Rutherford) __
Nestled in a historic building that originally served as a firehouse, this uber-romantic restaurant features an Henri-Matisse-inspired dining room and a garden patio for those who wish to dine al-fresco. Enjoy a frequently updated menu featuring seasonal and local ingredients, or opt to experience their three-, four-, or five-course "Matisse Plates" created by the in-house chef. Peruse the menu while surrounded by colorful paintings and gorgeous, shimmering chandeliers, and of course, don't forget the wine — it's BYOB!