Whether you're singing along to Sinéad O'Connor or you're gearing up for sexy plans with your boo, you can probably agree that love is something to aspire to. In the Big Apple, though, finding a S.O.—and making it last—isn't exactly as easy as pounding down 2,000 calories worth of Sweethearts (what, you've never done that?).
Well, just call us Cupid's little helpers—we've rounded up three of New York's cutest couples to get some real romance inspiration, and we think attached and singleton readers alike will appreciate what these partners have to share. Now, just click out of "Nothing Compares 2 U" on Spotify.
Lisa Tobias, designer and stylist, and Eric Adolfsen, artist and co-owner of the Wooly
How'd you two meet?
"We met eight years ago at a karaoke spot in the East Village. The building has been swallowed up by New York's ever-evolving landscape, but we are still going strong!"
What was your first impression?
Eric:"She was beautiful and inquisitive and smart."
Lisa: "I thought his rendition of Franz Ferdinand's 'Take Me Out' over a Genesis song was very innovative."
What's the most romantic thing you've each done for the other person?
Eric: "Lisa once made me a box filled with lots of different presents that each had a handwritten story attached, that was very personal and meaningful." Lisa: "He proposed to me on a surprise trip to Paris and hid the ring in a massive box of Ladurée macarons. We were high on romance and sugar for days."
Any tips for keeping the relationship strong?
"We try to let each other have the freedom to do things independently while always making sure to share quality time together."
What are your favorite date spots in NYC?
"El Quijote, Serendipity 3, The Frick, Barney Greengrass, Brooklyn Pharmacy, The Cloisters, and the Film Forum."
How do you deal with fighting as a couple?
"Talk it out. Don't be afraid to share your feelings. And, make sure you each have your own blanket so there are no disputes about hogging!"
Tell us about the upcoming wedding!
"We are (finally) getting married in the city we grew up in at the New York Academy of Medicine, a gorgeous old world building right on Central Park."
How do you juggle work and a relationship in the city?
"We make sure to take adventures together as much as possible — whether it's a trip to the Cloisters in upper Manhattan, a bike ride over the Brooklyn Bridge, or a long weekend in Vienna. It helps break up the regular rhythms of everyday with a bit of fantasy."
Is it hard living together? What's an annoying habit about living with the other person?
Eric: "She leaves the cap off my toothpaste. And, when she brings work home with her it's at least 10 bags brimming with clothes and shoes."
Lisa: "He has a used book addiction and has turned our apartment into a book storage facility that could rival the Public Library."
Do you borrow each other's clothes?
Lisa: "Yes. Eric's vintage bass fishing sweater is my wardrobe staple. Unfortunately for him, my clothes are too small, but I bet he'd look cute in my American Apparel sequin leggings."
What do you guys love most about each other?
Eric: "She is a creatively analytical person who challenges me and always makes life exciting."
Lisa: "He is the most genuinely kind person I've ever met and has unparalleled charisma. I also love that he's a doer who fearlessly pursues his dreams."
Eric: Jil Sander jacket, J.Crew button-up, Brooks Brothers tie, Levi's jeans.
Lisa: Vintage jacket, bangles purchased in India.
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