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Published January 23, 2024

How to Celebrate Valentine's Day in NYC

Your guide to the best Valentine's Day activities, restaurants, and date ideas in New York.💘

by New York Bucket List

 

Valentine's Day is around the corner, and while New York City may not officially be the city of love (see @paris.bucketlist for that), it is considered one of the most romantic cities in the US—why do you think it sets the scene for so many iconic rom-coms? With stunning skyline views, ample spots for long romantic strolls, and plenty of moody bars, there's no shortage of opportunities for romance.

So, if you're looking for a perfect Valentine's Day restaurant or date night idea, you're in luck. And if you're not looking for romance this Valentine's Day, it turns out you're also in luck! From heartbreak bars and rage rooms to candlelit dinners and casual dates, we rounded up the best ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in New York.

 

15 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day in NYC

Take a Sunset Cruise

Fall in love with the city all over again on a harbor cruise. Step away from the mayhem and noise of the concrete jungle and see the glittering skyline from the water with someone special. For an extra romantic date, go on a sunset sail where you'll glide peacefully through the waters of the New York Harbor and take in the majestic colors of the sunset surrounding the Manhattan skyline along with iconic landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Where: Chelsea Piers: near 22nd St on the Hudson River
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Classic Harbor Line, New York, NY, USA
NYC Sightseeing Yacht Cruises and Sails
Starting at $46

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Sample Wine and Chocolate

Not to be obvious, but wine and chocolate are pretty much the most romantic pairing ever, so a date that involves them both is a homerun. MarieBelle in SoHo offers a wine and chocolate tasting experience with two wine flights—each with two red wines and two white wines—paired with passion fruit, lavender, milk chocolate, and salted caramel ganaches, plus complimentary cheese and grapes. The ambiance at MarieBelle is also perfectly on-point for a romantic night out, so you really can't lose.

Where: MarieBelle: 484 Broome St, New York, NY
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MarieBelle, 484 Broome St, New York, NY 10013, USA
The Wine and Chocolate Tasting at MarieBelle
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Decorate Naughty Valentine's Cookies

Treat yourself to a fun-filled, naughty dessert decorating party at Sugar Wood! You'll be decorating Sugar Wood's signature Kama Sutra and conversation heart cookies with whatever naughty message and designs your heart desires. You'll also get to dip and decorate the famous Woody and Kitty Waffles. All of the tools, icings, sauces, and boxes to take your creations home, and each ticket comes with a minimum of three cookies, one waffle, and a non-alcoholic beverage.

Where: Sugar Wood NYC: 157 Prince St, New York, NY
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157 Prince St, New York, NY 10012, USA
Naughty (Valentine) Dessert Decorating Party
Starting at $65

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Dine at Olio e Piú

Olio e Piú is a gorgeous, plant-covered restaurant that stands out in the concrete jungle. They're one of the best restaurants for Valentine's Day in NYC and have one of Manhattan's most distinguishable (and cozy!) outdoor dining setups. With a rustic Italian bistro feel, dining at Olio e Piú feels like stepping into the Neapolitan countryside—even if it’s just for a few hours. Their standout Italian dishes, including a special Valentine’s Day menu, will make your stomach and heart full.

Where: 3 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014
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Visit The Crushed Heartbreak Bar

For a non-traditional Valentine's Day celebration, check out Crushed, a limited-time pop-up with themed cocktails/mocktails, photo ops, and activities like adding to the Crush List, taking photos on Cloud 9, and shredding love letters, photos, and mementos. A welcome shot is included with your ticket!

Where: The Pool Club at Virgin Hotels New York City: 1227 Broadway, 4th Floor, New York, NY
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1227 Broadway 4th floor, New York, NY 10001, USA
Crushed Heartbreak Bar at Virgin Hotels NYC
Starting at $19

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Take an Espresso Martini Mixology Class

Shake things up and plan an unforgettable date night for you and your boo at a mixology class in an intimate speakeasy-style bar in the East Village. Led by some of the most experienced bartenders in New York City, you and your date will craft two flavorful cocktails and learn what makes a superb drink. P.S. It also makes for a great night out with friends!

Where: Sincerely, Ophelia: 221 2nd Ave Suite B, New York, NY
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Creatures of All Kind Rooftop, 160 North 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
Espresso Martini Mixology
Starting at $60

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Book a Romantic Dinner at Casa La Femme

If you want to go all-out with a romantic Valentine's Day restaurant, look no further than Casa La Femme. Casa La Femme’s charm includes plush decor, romantic florals, a menu with traditional Egyptian food, specialty cocktails, and belly dancing. Make your night extra special with their 5-course Valentine’s Weekend prix-fixe, which boasts a floral installation, a live show featuring belly dancers, a gift bag, romantic music, and an aphrodisiac-themed menu.

Where: 140 Charles St, New York, NY 10014
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Have Valentine's Brunch at Selene

Pink Velvet Waffles, Puff Pastry Breakfast Pizza, and Spiced Chocolate Fondue? Count us in. Selene is hosting a Valentine's-themed brunch with a delicious, loved-themed menu and cocktails every Thursday through Sunday and on Valentine's Day. Come with your best group of gal pals, or make a reservation with your special Valentine—they also offer a Valentine's dinner menu!

Where: Selene: 11 Hanover Square, New York, NY
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Make a Reservation at Bobo

If a romantic restaurant is your idea of a perfect Valentine's date, we've got a spot for you. With a downstairs bar, candle-lit dining room, and back garden patio, Bobo takes over an 1800s West Village townhouse to instantly transport patrons to the French countryside. Serving up French classics, rotating seasonal cocktails, and a three-course Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu, this West Village locale's romantic setting and expansive menu make it ideal for any date, any day of the week.

Where: 181 W 10th St, New York, NY
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Take a Handmade Pasta Making Class

Create your own Lady and The Tramp moment with freshly made pasta! In this beginner-friendly class, you'll learn how to make the perfect pasta dough and transform it into beautiful noodles. Then, you'll get to reward yourself by sitting down and enjoying a handmade romantic meal together. We recommend stopping by the bar for a nice glass of wine to pair with your plate of pasta.

Not a pasta person? Check out another cooking class like handmade dumplings, or learn to make the perfect sushi roll!

Where: Farm to People: 1100 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY
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Cozy up at Cathédrale Restaurant

French is known as the language of love, so bring your date to Cathédrale’s and convey your true feelings without saying a word. Their menu features French-Mediterranean cuisine prepared in an open-hearth kitchen alongside an excellent selection of drinks. A breathtaking dining room modeled after a French opera house cements Cathédrale as one of the most romantic restaurants in NYC.

Where: 112 E 11th St, New York, NY
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Soak up the Romantic Ambiance at LouLou

This romantic restaurant is so nice they named it twice. The Parisian bistro brings a taste of the city of love to Chelsea. With a très romantique outdoor setup surrounded by floral arrangements, LouLou is the perfect spot for impressing your new date or your partner who already knows your go-to spots and wants to change things up.

Where: 176 8th Ave, New York, NY
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Dine at Haven Rooftop

All forms of love should be celebrated, whether it’s old, new, or between friends. Haven Rooftop is one of our favorite places to raise a glass and makes for a great Valentine's Day date spot with glowy string lights and dazzling city views. Located in the Theater District, this hot spot alternates its decor per season, making for year-round good vibes and tasty bites.

Where: 15 W 18th St, New York, NY
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Go Ice Skating at Wollman Rink

Ice skating is a great date night idea if you're looking for something other than dinner and drinks. Central Park's Wollman Rink is an iconic New York City spot, and you'll face fewer crowds and tourists in February now that the chaos of the holidays has passed. Glide across the ice with Manhattan skyscrapers as your backdrop, and cozy up with a hot chocolate and a romantic stroll through the park when you're done.

Where: Wollman Rink: 830 5th Ave, New York, NY
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Enjoy an Intimate Dinner at Kyma

Kyma brings a piece of Greece to the heart of New York with locations in Flatiron and Hudson Yards. This romantic restaurant's dreamy setup is modeled after a traditional Greek taverna and woven with the stylish island chic of Mykonos. Enjoy a menu full of delicious Greek-inspired seafood and sexy cocktails.

Where:
Flatiron: 15 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011
Hudson Yards: 445 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001
For more information on Kyma.

 

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