You don’t have to wander far to find romance in New York. Take The Campbell Apartment. Hidden away above bustling Grand Central Terminal, this upscale cocktail lounge is the perfect spot for a high-class date night–and not just because of its easy access to public transit. The plaque at the staircase advertises “cocktails from another era,” and the decades will indeed fall away as you and your sweetheart find yourselves immersed in an atmosphere of medieval Europe mixed with speakeasy glamour. You’ll feel like Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan stepping out on the town as you take a seat on a plush banquette and watch a parade of New Yorkers file in.
On a night like this, you’ll appreciate the Campbell Apartment’s strictly-enforced dress code. You won’t have T’s, hoodies, and sneakers detracting from your sophisticated scene. Instead, you’ll find an upbeat crowd that looks more ready for the boardroom than the bedroom, so settle in with a couple of cocktails and let the romance flow. The bar plays along with the vintage theme, turning out house specialties like the Robber Baron and Flapper’s Delight, but for a taste of high society of old, ask the bartender for a couple of Prohibition Punches. This lux blend of passionfruit, rum, Grand Marnier, and Champagne harkens back to the Roaring Twenties, when financier John Campbell kept this room as one of the most opulent private offices in the city.
As you whisper compliments to each other in the dim light, let yourselves be a little distracted by the tycoon trappings around you. There’s a hand-painted wood beam ceiling miles above, and lead glass behind the bar that calls back to Florentine palaces of old. Point out the massive steel safe in the faux fireplace–it once held some of its owners untold millions. It can get crowded here–especially when a jazz trio is adding to the vibe–so time this date right, maybe for a digestif after the Metro-North folks have hopped their trains. There’s nothing like relaxing with your sweetheart in a cavernous space to make you feel on top of the world.