Impress your paramour with your sense of polish, then eat like a king (three times over).
10 a.m.: Treat yourself to a gilded breakfast. A breakfast buffet may not sound glitzy, but at Arabelle Restaurant it can mean farm-fresh poached eggs with a side of asparagus served under a domed ceiling of gold. If you’re staying at the Hotel Plaza Athenee, you’re basically stepping out of opulence into more opulence.
11 a.m.: Hurry over to the Frick Collection. Housed in a lovely nineteenth-century mansion, the museum has a stellar collection of bronzes, Limoges enamels, Oriental rugs, and dreamy European paintings. Be sure not to miss Fragonard’s ten-painting “Progress of Love” series in the Fragonard Room.
1 p.m.: Savor sushi for lunch. Long among the top ranks of sushi in New York, Sushi Yasuda will impress you with the variety and freshness of its food, both raw and cooked. Not everything listed is rolls. Menu highlights include soft-shell crab (market price), shimaaji (around $7 per piece), sea urchin (market price), and the sawani ($8 per piece).
2:30 p.m.: Indulge in a spa service for two. The Asian-inspired Silk Day Spa’s three-hour Silk Emperor/Empress treatment ($780 for a three-hour treatment for two) includes a hot-tub soak, body scrub, mud mask, shampoo rinse, and full-body massage—all performed in a dimly lit couples' room. Therapists will even show you how to apply the mud, then leave you alone for some private time. (Book in advance at 212-255-6457.)
6 p.m.: Throw back a few predinner cocktails. Make your way uptown to the Time Warner Center, then zip over to Stone Rose, nightlife king (and Cindy Crawford spouse) Rande Gerber’s sexy, spacious lounge with killer views of Central Park. Sink into a plush banquette while sipping the house twist on the cosmo.
8:30 p.m.: Splurge on the ultimate New York meal. A nine-course tasting dinner at Per Se runs $295, but celebrated chef Thomas Keller’s ingenious creations, his staff’s impeccable service, and the stunning park views are without peer in the city. (Reservations are a must and can be made through OpenTable.)