The "City That Never Sleeps" lives up to its reputation for travelers, offering a wide variety of diverse tourist attractions throughout its five boroughs. New York is home to some of the most popular romantic dining destinations in the world, including internationally-renowned landmarks. Manhattan is also known for its famed museums and theaters, intimate jazz clubs, and luxury hotels and cocktail lounges, which offer ample opportunity for unique date experiences.
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Central Park is the most-visited urban park in America, attracting more than 40 million annual visitors to its 843-acre oasis in north central Manhattan. The park was designed by legendary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted in 1858 and has become one of the most popular filming locations in the world, known for iconic sights such as its Bow Bridge and tree-lined Central Park Mall, which contains one of the last remaining native stands of American Elm trees in North America. Photo-friendly attractions abound, from the scenic Bethesda Terrace to the picturesque Conservatory Gardens. For couples looking for a more intimate stroll, the park's Shakespeare Gardens offer a quiet respite, while the Ramble offers 38 acres of twisting footpaths. Romantic dining options within the park include the iconic Boathouse Restaurant and the scenic Tavern on the Green, while rental boats and horse-drawn carriages allow for unique means of transportation. During the winter months, Wollman Rink offers ice skating and hot chocolate sales. Phone: 212-310-6600
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Hornblower Cruises provide unique opportunities to see New York City's most famous sights from within the Hudson River waterfront as part of two-hour cruise excursions. The company is best known for its Alive After Five evening cruises, which offer onboard happy hours and opportunities to view top city landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Cruises are offered Thursdays through Sundays, boarding at 5:30pm and sailing between 6:00pm and 8:00pm. Music is presented onboard, along with a variety of opportunities to purchase food and beverages. Different ticket levels allow cruise participants to patronize several buffet stations, including all-you-can-eat options and unlimited bar options. For couples traveling with children in tow, cruise tickets are available for participants of all ages.
78 South St, New York, NY 10038, Phone: 844-400-7277
3.The High Line
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The High Line is one of Manhattan's newest major attractions, spanning 1.45 miles of elevated linear park and greenway space above the borough's Chelsea and Meatpacking District neighborhoods. The project was inspired by Paris' Promenade Plantée and was designed by architects Piet Oudolf, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and James Corner Field Operations, reimagining a stretch of a former New York Central Railroad viaduct that was formerly known as the West Side Line. It spans from Gansevoort Street to the northern edge of West Side Yard, designed as a living system incorporating elements of ecology, urban design, and landscape architecture. Since its opening in 2009, the High Line has attracted more than five million annual visitors and has reinvigorated nearby real estate and business districts. It is accessible from several points, including an adjoining entrance at Chelsea Market, making it a perfect spot for couples looking to picnic with food purchased at the market.
New York, NY 10011, Phone: 212-500-6035
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Chelsea Market is a food and shopping hall in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood that was developed in 1997 on the site of the neighborhood's former Nabisco factory. The market encompasses a full city block between Ninth and Tenth Avenues and 15th and 16th Streets and is home to a number of television company offices and filming sites on its upper levels, including the main offices for Food Network. Anchor stores within the indoor pedestrian market include upscale clothing retailer Anthropologie, bookseller Posman Books, and Brooklyn-based vintage and artisan market Artists and Fleas. The market has been widely acclaimed as a foodie paradise in Manhattan, offering a wide variety of full-service restaurants and quick-casual food vendors, from gourmet Italian restaurant Filaga to trendy Asian fusion taco joint Takumi to farm-to-table stand Chelsea Creamline, early purveyors of the meatless Impossible Burger.
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011, Phone: 212-652-2110
Birdland is an iconic jazz supper club located in Manhattan's Theater District, first opened in 1949 by entrepreneurs Morris and Irving Levy at a location near West 52nd Street. Throughout its initial tenure, the club attracted international jazz headliners such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Harry Belafonte, and Thelonious Monk, noted for its famed Live at Birdland jazz music compilation albums. Since then, it has changed locations several times, now located within the Distirct's former New York Observer building. A full traditional supper club menu is served nightly, available before and during performances by top national jazz artists and bands. For visitors checking out the club after Broadway performances, half-price admission is offered to the club's late-night shows with valid ticket stub presentation.
315 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, Phone: 212-581-3080
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Buvette Gastrothèque is a popular West Village eatery that was originally opened in 2011 by executive chef Jody Williams. Today, the restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner service seven days a week, with dishes and atmosphere inspired by traditional European bistros. All dishes use locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible, sourced from a wide variety of farms throughout the New York and New Jersey regions. Breakfast and brunch menus highlight waffle concoctions, gourmet toasts, and croque dishes, paired with traditional European coffee shop beverages. Lunch and dinner menus focus on upscale land and sea fare, including coq au vin, wellfleet oysters, steak tartare, and ratatouille. Additional locations of the restaurant are also offered in upscale neighborhoods in Paris and Tokyo.
42 Grove Street, New York, NY 10014, Phone: 212-255-3590
7.Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
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Dizzy's Club Coca Cola is an iconic Lincoln Center jazz cafe and hangout, located on fifth floor of the center's Frederick P. Rose Hall. The club has been hailed by jazz legend Tony Bennett as New York City's best jazz room, offering 140 seats and stunning floor-to-ceiling window views of Central Park and the city's skyline. Jazz performances are offered nightly, with early evening and late night performances offered by national touring artists and up-and-coming talents. A full menu of Southern-influenced fare is served nightly, including favorites such as low country crab cakes, fried chicken, and Carolina barbecue ribs. Once a month, couples' dance sessions are offered following late night performances. Though the club does not have a formal box office, reservations are recommended and are accepted at Lincoln Center's main box office during the business day.
10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019, Phone: 212-258-9595
8.Gotham Bar and Grill
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Gotham Bar and Grill was originally opened in 1984 by restaurateurs Jerry Kretchmer, Jeff Bliss, and Robert and Rick Rathe, striving to recreate the ambiance of a traditional Parisian brasserie. The restaurant is located on East 12th Street within Manhattan's Greenwich Village neighborhood and is the only restaurant in New York City to receive five separate three-star ratings from The New York Times. It has also received three separate James Beard Awards, including an honor for executive chef Alfred Portale, who serves up a variety of European-influenced fare at lunch and dinner seven nights a week. The restaurant is legendary for its three-course prix fixe menu, which highlights options such as yellowfin tuna tartare, red prawn risotto, and 28-day dry-aged New York strip steak. A signature wine program is also offered, along with a menu of gourmet Gotham Cocktails.
12 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003, Phone: 212-620-4020
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Gramercy Tavern is one of the most beloved restaurants in the United States, originally opened within an historic landmark building in 1994 by Danny Meyer of the Union Square Hospitality Group. The restaurant has been the recipient of an impressive nine James Beard Awards throughout its tenure, including awards for executive chef Michael Anthony. It presents a continually-evolving seasonal menu of contemporary American cuisine crafted with locally-sourced ingredients, available as part of both tavern and dining room menus. A la carte fare available on the restaurant's tavern menu includes both upscale land and sea entrees and gourmet gastropub fare such as Tavern burgers and pastrami flatbreads, while multi-course tasting menus are offered at the restaurant's dining room. The restaurant is one of the first high-profile restaurants in America to implement a no-gratuity policy, including hospitality fees in its menu prices.
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003, Phone: 212-477-0777
Farm.One is the only indoor hydroponic farm in Manhattan, located in the city's lively TriBeCa neighborhood within the Institute of Culinary Education under the fine-dining restaurant Atera. The unique urban vertical farm is entirely powered by technology, growing specialty herbs and crops for use in the city's finest restaurants. Visitors can embark on hourlong tours and tasting events five days a week, offering individual question-and-answer time with expert farm staff. All tours include tastings of dozens of rare edible flowers, herbs, and microgreens, with complimentary glasses of prosecco offered to all participants over the age of 21. Visitors should note that tours adhere to a strict no-tipping policy and must be scheduled at least several days in advance of desired tour date.
77 Worth Street, Floor 1, New York, NY 10013, Phone: 646-883-3276
11.Manhattan by Sail - Shearwater Classic Schooner
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Manhattan by Sail - Shearwater Classic Schooner is a New York City cruising vessel and company that offers boat sailing tours of Manhattan's waterways aboard the historic 1929 Shearwater schooner. Tours embark from downtown Manhattan daily and offer stunning panoramic views of the city's top landmarks, including up-close views of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor. Tours offered include a daytime Statue of Liberty cruise, lasting approximately 90 minutes, and a two-hour Sunset Sail at dusk. Wine tasting and champagne brunch cruises are also offered, along with special event and holiday cruises such as a Fourth of July fireworks cruise. Light food and beverages are sold on board, with guests welcome to bring their own prepared food.
New York, NY, Phone: 212-619-6900
12.One if by Land, Two if by Sea
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One if by Land, Two if by Sea is one of Manhattan's most acclaimed romantic dining spots, located in the city's West Village neighborhood within an historic carriage house formerly owned by American Vice President Aaron Burr. The historic space, which formerly housed a pub and brothel in the 19th century, has been operated as a restaurant since 1910 and is reported to be Manhattan's top spot for marriage proposals and engagement announcements. It is helmed by executive chef Gary Volkov and is noted for its classic American menu and beautiful decor, showcasing candlelit tables, inviting fireplaces, and a baby grand piano throughout its dining room. Signature dishes highlighted on the restaurant's prix fixe and chef's tasting menus include the restaurant's famed beef Wellington entree.
17 Barrow St, New York, NY 10014, Phone: 212-255-8649
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Rockefeller Center is a 22-acre commercial and business complex in upper Midtown Manhattan, spanning between 48th and 51st Streets along Fifth Avenue. The complex was originally commissioned by John D. Rockefeller, with construction transpiring between 1931 and 1939, and is considered to be one of the United States' greatest Depression-era civic projects. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1987 and is famed for its Art Deco-style buildings, split into several business sections, including an International Complex and a Radio City area for RCA-related enterprises such as the famed Radio City Music Hall theater. Other iconic attractions include the 30 Rockefeller Plaza building, which is home to the headquarters of NBC Studios and the famed Rainbow Room restaurant. During the winter months, the Center is famed worldwide for its Christmas celebration, which includes a public ice skating rink and a nationally-televised tree lighting ceremony.
45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111, Phone: 212-332-6868
14.Swing 46 Jazz and Supper Club
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Swing 46 Jazz and Supper Club is one of Manhattan's most famed jazz supper clubs, located between 8th and 9th Avenues on 46th Street within the city's Theater District on Restaurant Row. The venue was originally opened in 1997 by entrepreneur Judith Lalor and strives to recreate the atmosphere of iconic mid-20th century dance and supper clubs in Manhattan such as Birdland. Today, it is overseen by John Akhtar and offers several jazz and swing music performances each night, with dinner and cocktail service available before and during shows. Following performances, swing DJs provide opportunities for couples to take the floor for dancing, with dance lessons led by a professional instructor. The club's supper menu showcases a variety of contemporary American dishes crafted in house, using locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible.
349 W 46th, New York, NY 10036, Phone: 212-262-9554
15.The Four Seasons Restaurant
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The Four Seasons Restaurant is a famed New American restaurant in Midtown Manhattan, originally opened to the public in 1959 its original location on East 52nd Street. The restaurant is credited with the popularization of seasonally-changing menus in America, originally helmed by legendary chef James Beard, the namesake of the annual James Beard Awards, one of the culinary world's highest honors. It is also credited as the first high-cuisine restaurant in America to print its menus in English and offer a list of American wines. It is a top destination for both romantic diners and power-lunch business clientele, offering classic land and sea dishes such as salmon ceviche, Maryland crab cakes, and filet mignon. In 2015, the restaurant vacated its original location, moving to a new location on Park Avenue in 2018.
42 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017, Phone: 212-754-9494
16.The Greenwich Hotel
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The Greenwich Hotel is one of Tribeca's most beautiful boutique hotels, opened in 2008 by actor Robert de Niro. The 88-room hotel is located at the cobblestone-lined corner of North Monroe and Greenwich Streets, less than a block from the Hudson River Greenway, and provides convenient access to the upscale restaurants and boutiques of Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood. Rooms emphasize international design elements, including Mexican terracotta tiling and Carrara marble, designed by famed Belgian interior designer Axel Vervoordt. Upscale Mediterranean and Italian comfort fare is served at the hotel's upscale Locanda Verde restaurant, while classic cocktails are served at the hotel's Parisian-style bar. Other guest amenities include a Shibui spa, a pool, and a steam room.
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013, Phone: 212-941-8900
17.The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, commonly referred to as the Guggenheim, is a classic and contemporary art museum located in Manhattan's luxurious Upper East Side neighborhood, originally opened to the public in 1939 as the Museum of Non-Objective Painting and renamed in honor of its founder following his 1952 death. Since 1959, it has been housed within a famed cylindrical building designed by iconic 20th-century architect Frank Lloyd Wright, which is visited by more than 1.2 million annual visitors. The museum boasts a permanent collection of significant works by Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modernist, and contemporary artists, including internationally-renowned masterpieces by luminaries such as Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky, and Ferdinand Léger. Its collection is shared by sister facilities in Bilbao, Spain. In addition to permanent collections, the museum hosts a variety of rotating special exhibitions and arts-focused public special events throughout the year.
1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128, Phone: 212-423-3500
18.The Metropolitan Opera
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The Metropolitan Opera is New York's premiere opera house, known around the world for its high-quality performances and premieres of works by internationally-renowned composers. The opera was founded in 1883 and performed for nearly a century in an opera house located on Broadway at 39th Street, where it offered United States premieres of significant works by top international composers such as Wagner and Puccini. In 1966, the opera joined forces with several other creative organizations in New York City to form the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, moving its performances to a new opera house at the center. Today, it stages more than 200 opera performances each season, attracting audiences of more than 800,000 annual patrons. Performances can also be experienced as part of regular radio and television broadcasts by the company, many of which are available for sale in a variety of home-viewing formats.
30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, Phone: 212-362-6000
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The Pierre is an upscale hotel that is located along Fifth Avenue near Central Park and is known as one of the city's most glamorous and romantic overnight accommodations. The hotel was originally opened in 1930 by renowned hotelier and restaurateur Charles Pierre and quickly became a hot spot for dining and accommodations for New York's elite, though due to the Great Depression, Pierre's business venture collapsed and the hotel filed for bankruptcy in 1932. It was then acquired by oil tycoon J. Paul Getty in 1938 and reduced in size, with more than 500 of its rooms converted to cooperative apartments. Since 2005, it has been operated by the luxury Taj Hotel chain, offering 189 guest rooms, including 38 suites and 11 grand suites. All rooms offer marble bathrooms, glass-walled rain showers, and abundant natural light, with all guests receiving complimentary access to personal Jaguars for transportation and assistance from the hotel's concierge team. 24-hour gourmet room service is provided, along with indulgent French-American cuisine at the hotel's Perrine and Rotunda restaurants.
2 East 61st Street & 5th Ave, New York, NY 10065, Phone: 212-838-8000
20.The Russian Tea Room
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The Russian Tea Room is one of Manhattan's most legendary restaurants, immortalized in feature films such as When Harry Met Sally, Tootsie, and Big. The restaurant was originally opened in 1927 as a community gathering space for Russian immigrants and quickly became a hot spot for entertainment industry diners due to its owners' connection to the Russian Imperial Ballet. It is housed within a converted former townhouse along Manhattan's 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, located near landmarks such as the Metropolitan Tower and the Carnegie Hall Tower. During the mid-2oth century, it was known as a popular dining spot for celebrities such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Barbra Streisand, Mel Brooks, and Rudolf Nureyev. Continental cuisine infused with Russian influences is served at brunch, lunch, high tea, and dinner, including signature dishes such as the restaurant's red borscht and blintzes. A world-class beverage program is also offered, including an extensive wine list and more than 40 types of Russian vodkas.
150 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019, Phone: 212-581-7100
21.The Theater District
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The Theater District is the heart of Manhattan's Midtown West neighborhood, best known as the home of iconic pedestrian hub Times Square, referred to as the "Crossroads of the World" for its neon-illuminated billboards and status as one of the world's top tourist destinations. It is located between Sixth and Eight Avenues and 40th and 54th Streets, known around the world for its cultural and tourist attractions. The district is home to the majority of the city's Broadway theaters, which present world-class original and revival musicals and plays six nights a week. A large number of recording and television studios and theatrical agencies also call the neighborhood home, along with major family-friendly attractions such as Madame Tussaud's New York and a branch of the popular Ripley's Believe it or Not! Odditorium. Popular chain restaurants and retail stores abound, including Hershey's Chocolate World, Sephora, Hard Rock Cafe, and Planet Hollywood. The district is also famed for its annual New Year's Eve ball drop, the most famous New Year's Eve celebration in the world.
22.Tip of Manhattan Bike Tours
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Tip of Manhattan Bike Tours offer a unique way of exploring the landmarks of Lower Manhattan, including famed sights such as Battery Park, Greenwich Village, and New York Harbor. Tours are offered on Saturday mornings, departing from the Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rent store on Nasua Street and lasting approximately three hours. Participants bike for approximately 12 miles throughout tours, which are led by experienced tour guides who offer anecdotes about landmarks and about the city's history. All tours utilize the city's bicycle paths and lanes, with much travel throughout side streets to minimize interaction with vehicular traffic. During tours, groups stop at a coffee shop or snack vendor along the way, offering a chance to sample New York City cuisine.
145 Nasua Street New York, NY 10038, Phone: 617-686-0342
23.Top of the Strand
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Top of the Strand has been voted as one of the world's top 10 rooftop bars by Premier Traveler magazine, located atop the 21st floor of Midtown Manhattan's Marriott Vacation Club Pulse. The popular urban oasis features a retractable glass roof showcasing the New York City skyline, allowing for year-round ambiance. Its space was designed by designer Lydia Marks and offers light American fare during the evening hours, along with a variety of classic and contemporary cocktails. A wide variety of regional craft beers on draft are also available for purchase, along with a selection of red, white, and sparkling wines.
33 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018, Phone: 646-368-6385
24.Veniero's Pasticceria and Caffe
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Veniero's Pasticceria and Caffé is a famed East Village bakery that was originally established in 1894 by Italian immigrant Antonio Veniero, famed throughout the world in the 20th century for his high-quality pastries and baked products. The bakery has been featured in film and television series such as Good Morning America, Law and Order, and several Food Network series and is considered to be one of the country's top bakeries, famed for its traditional Italian confections such as biscotti, tiramisu, cannoli, and Italian butter cookies. It is also noted for its New York-style cheesecake and hard-crust bread, which may be eaten in the cafe or purchased for takeout. Over the past several decades, the bakery has also gained national attention for its sugar-free cookie and carb-free cheesecake varieties.
342 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003, Phone: 212-674-7070
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Le Bernardin is an acclaimed French restaurant located in Midtown Manhattan, originally opened in 1986 by siblings Gilbert and Maguy Le Coze, the proprietors of Paris' famed Le Moines de St. Bernardin restaurant. The upscale restaurant has been ranked among the world's 50 best restaurants by Restaurant magazine, a list comprised in a survey of the world's top chefs, restaurateurs, and food critics. As one of only seven restaurants in New York City to receive a prestigious three-star Michelin rating, the restaurant has been the recipient of several James Beard Awards and has consistently maintained a four-star New York Times rating since its opening. Gourmet entrees served at lunch and dinner include the restaurant's signature wagyu beef and kindai maguro bluefin tuna dishes. In addition to the restaurant's daily service, it has also published several cookbooks, including On the Line and A Return to Cooking.
155 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019, Phone: 212-554-1515
25 Best Things to Do in Manhattan on a Date
- Central Park, Photo: Courtesy of XtravaganT - Fotolia.com
- Hornblower Cruises, Photo: Courtesy of vallejo123 - Fotolia.com
- The High Line, Photo: Courtesy of SE Viera Photo - Fotolia.com
- Chelsea Market, Photo: Courtesy of yooranpark - Fotolia.com
- Birdland, Photo: Birdland
- Buvette Gastrotheque, Photo: Buvette Gastrothèque
- Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Photo: Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
- Gotham Bar and Grill, Photo: Gotham Bar and Grill
- Gramercy Tavern, Photo: Gramercy Tavern
- Farm.One, Photo: Farm.One
- Manhattan by Sail - Shearwater Classic Schooner, Photo: Courtesy of el_cigarrito - Fotolia.com
- One if by Land, Two if by Sea, Photo: One if by Land, Two if by Sea
- Rockefeller Center, Photo: Courtesy of pio3 - Fotolia.com
- Swing 46 Jazz and Supper Club, Photo: Swing 46 Jazz and Supper Club
- The Four Seasons Restaurant, Photo: The Four Seasons Restaurant
- The Greenwich Hotel, Photo: The Greenwich Hotel
- The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Photo: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
- The Metropolitan Opera, Photo: Courtesy of vitaliy_melnik - Fotolia.com
- The Pierre, Photo: The Pierre
- The Russian Tea Room, Photo: The Russian Tea Room
- The Theater District, Photo: Courtesy of f11photo - Fotolia.com
- Tip of Manhattan Bike Tours, Photo: Courtesy of oneinchpunch - Fotolia.com
- Top of the Strand, Photo: Top of the Strand
- Veniero's Pasticceria and Caffe, Photo: Veniero's Pasticceria and Caffé
- Le Bernardin, Photo: Le Bernardin
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