17 Awesome Valentine’s Day Date Ideas in NYC

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New York City has no shortage of romance and love, making it the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day. With city lights twinkling, one of the most beautiful skylines, and so many things to do and see, NYC has so much to offer for this holiday full of love. Below are my top picks for the best parties, restaurants, and things to do for some Valentine’s Day fun.

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PARTIES

DISNEY VALENTINE’S BALL WITH THE LITTLE MERMEN

February 8 | Doors 9:30pm, Show 10pm | $20+ | Age 21+

The Cutting Room, 44 East 32nd St., NY, NY, 10016

If you are a Disney fan, this is the perfect party for you. “Put on your glass slippers and get ready for the valentines ball… The Little Mermen, NYC’s premiere Disney rock cover band, are inviting you to be their guests for the night you’ve always dreamed of on Saturday, February 8th at Cutting Room in New York City. This rock n roll sing along, sprinkled with plenty of nostalgia, will have you screaming lyrics from your school days at the top of your lungs!” – The Cutting Room

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PARIS AFTER DARK – DANCES OF VICE VALENTINES BALL

February 15 | 9:30pm-3am | $59+ | Age 21+

Capitale, 130 Bowery, NY, NY, 10013

Check out this Valentine’s Ball, which is sure to be a unique night out. It is great whether you are in a relationship or single. “Spend a night of romantic revelry with Dances of Vice and immerse yourself in a colorful world of showgirl coquetry, jazz age jubilation, and surrealist insouciance with our signature hedonistic twist. Surrounded by the beauty of Beaux-Arts architecture, Corinthian columns, and the majestic 19th century skylight of Capitale NY, luxuriate in Parisian freedom and its attendant thrills as you gratify all your senses in a seductive night of live cabaret, unbridled dancing, and sublime synesthesia.” – Dances of Vice

Note: There is an enforced dress code – Parisian Decadence, High Fashion Hedonism, Moulin Rouge, Crazy Horse , Carnevale, Burlesque, Fetish Fantasy, Top Hats, Rococo, Vintage or Black Tie attire required. Single or open, and seeking? Wear a red rose if you’re looking for love. Wear a white rose if you’re looking for a play partner.

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THE MCKITTRICK HOTEL: VALENTINE’S DAY

The McKittrick Hotel, 530 West 27th St, NY, NY 10001

Celebrate The Most Romantic Night of the Year. Join us at the McKittrick Hotel for a Valentine’s Day unlike any you have ever experienced. Be swept away by engaging performances, sumptuous meals and flowing champagne.

SLEEP NO MORE

February 14 | 7:30pm | Age 18+ | $139.50+

*Please be aware that guests may encounter scenes with nudity and depictions of violence, sexuality and intense psychological scenarios.

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SPEAKEASY MAGICK

February 14 | 8:00pm | Age 18+ | $140+

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THE BARTSCHLAND FOLLIES

February 14 | 10:30pm | Age 21+ | $35+

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THE WOMAN IN BLACK

February 14 | 8:00pm | $110+

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12TH ANNUAL VALENTINE’S DAY SINGLES PARTY

February 14 | 9pm-2am | Age 21+ | $25+

5th and MAD, 7 East 36th Street, NY, NY 10016

If you’re flying solo on Valentine’s Day, have no fear. Enjoy a night of flirting, fun, & friends! “Meet and mingle with 200+ local singles (ages 20s-40s), enjoy complimentary appetizers, DJ & dancing, drink specials all night, fun ice breakers, great prizes & giveaways.”

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Photo by Michael Discenza on Unsplash

EVENTS/THINGS TO DO

FILTHY GORGEOUS BURLESQUE VALENTINE’S SPECTACULAR

February 14 | Doors 6:30pm, Show 7:30pm | Age 18+ | $20+

(Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, NY, NY 10012

“Join Hostess Shelly the Singing Siren Watson and a bevy of burlesque beauties Thursday February 14th at Le Poisson Rouge for the Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque Valentines Spectacular! Live jazz music with Queen Esther, and steamy burlesque & circus performances by Miss Coney Island 2017, Tiger Bay, the cat who comes when you call Puss N Boots,  the bendiest boy in burlesque, Topher Bousquet, the Asian Sexsation, Calamity Chang, The Chocolate Charmer of Burlesque, Samson Night, the one woman riot, Minnie Tonka, The problem you wish you had, Qualms Galore!” – (Le) Poisson Rouge

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Image by dublingirl10 from Pixabay

VALENTINE’S DINNER CRUISE

February 14 & 15 | 7-10pm (boarding 6:15pm) | $160+

Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, NY, NY, 10011

“Your most memorable Valentine’s Day yet is waiting on the water when you and your sweetheart join us aboard Bateaux for a romantic dinner cruise. Stunning skyline views, inspired cuisine and an experience unlike any other all make for the perfect celebration of love. Enjoy a private table with incredible views of NYC’s iconic skyline, a 3-course, plated Valentine’s dinner menu, a live band and dance floor, a complimentary glass of champagne upon boarding, and additional enhancement packages that are available at checkout.” – Bateaux

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VALENTINE’S BRUNCH CRUISE

February 15 | 12-2pm (boarding 11:30am) | $80+

“Your most memorable Valentine’s Day yet is waiting on the water when you and your sweetheart join us aboard Bateaux for a romantic brunch cruise. Stunning skyline views, inspired cuisine and an experience unlike any other all make for the perfect celebration of love. Enjoy a two-hour upscale dining cruise on the Hudson and East Rivers with a delicious brunch buffet with freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and dessert dishes. Also included is a champagne toast (21+) and rose per couple, unlimited coffee, hot tea and iced tea, panoramic, breathtaking views of the NYC skyline from our fully glass-enclosed deck, and curated music performance by a live pianist.” – Bateaux  

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VALENTINE’S DAY STROLL

February 14 | 11am, 1pm, 3pm | $25

Central Park, Le Pain Quotidien, Kerbs Boathouse, East Side at 74th Street

Bring your Valentine for a special Valentine’s Day Stroll and see some of Central Park’s most whimsical and romantic places, including the Alice in Wonderland statue, Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge. Start the tour with a complimentary hot beverage from Le Pain Quotidien and end the tour with a special Valentine’s Day gift from us to you. All Valentines welcome.

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Image by Pierre Blaché from Pixabay

VALENTINE’S DAY CHAMPAGNE TASTING CRUISE

February 14 | 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 9:30pm | $72+

Chelsea Piers, Pier 62 (W. 22nd St.) NY, NY 10011

“Join us in NYC for a Champagne Valentine’s Day Cruise aboard the luxury yacht Manhattan II.  As you cruise on the Yacht Manhattan II, you will be able to take in all the beauty the New York City skyline has to offer while cozying up and staying warm in our climate controlled observatory. This cruise has limited capacity to create an intimate, comfortable and quiet NY Harbor cruise.  This Valentine’s Day Cruise is one of the best date ideas in the city of Manhattan.  This romantic, intimate and breathtaking NYC Cruise is something that you will make a regular annual event on this special day. Dazzle your taste buds with four different champagnes and chocolate covered strawberries at the end of the cruise.” – Classic Harbor Line

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LOVE IN TIMES SQUARE

February 14 | 11am-2pm and 6-6:30pm

Times Square, Duffy Square, 46th Street & Broadway, NY, NY 10036

“There’s no better place to say “I love you” than Times Square. On Valentine’s Day 2020, locals and visitors alike will declare their love and celebrate their relationships at the Crossroads of the World through surprise proposals, weddings in the heart of Times Square, and a group Vow Renewal Ceremony on Duffy Square’s iconic Red Steps. All Valentine’s Day events will take place in front of the 12th Annual Times Square Valentine Heart, Heart Squared, which will be on display on Duffy Square (46th Street and Broadway) from January 30 – March 1, 2020.” – Times Square

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Photo by Pascal Bernardon on Unsplash

LOVE IN THE PARLORS: A VALENTINE IN CONCERT

February 14 | 7-9:30pm | $55+

Merchant’s House Museum, 29 East Fourth Street, NY, NY 10003

“The Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society presents a gala concert of lush, romantic vocal music performed in the Museum’s elegant Greek Revival double parlor. Singers Anthony Bellov, Amy Gluck, Jane Elizabeth Rady, and Dayle Vander Sande perform rarely heard gems by the world’s greatest 19th-century composers: Schumann, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Amy Beach, Johann Strauss II, and others. Chosen by NBC Online and TimeOut NY as a top pick for Valentine’s Day. Note: There is very limited capacity.” – MHM

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RESTAURANTS

ONE IF BY LAND, TWO IF BY SEA 

February 14 | 12-3pm, 4-course lunch, $150, 4-10:30pm, 6-course dinner with wine pairing, $320

17 Barrow Street, NY, NY 10014 | (212) 255-8649

One if by Land, Two if by Sea has been recognized for its classic menu, long history, and beautiful decor.  It is often cited as the most romantic restaurant in New York City. The decor features candlelit tables, brick fireplaces, a baby grand piano and a private garden.” – One if by Land, Two if by Sea

TAVERN ON THE GREEN

February 14 | 11am-3:45pm or 5-11pm | $150+

67th Street and Central Park West, NY, NY 10023 | (212) 877-8684

“Join us on Valentine’s Day for a la carte lunch from 11am-3:45 pm or from 5-11pm for Executive Chef Bill Peet’s 3 course prix fixe menu priced at $150/pp. Our premium seating guaranteed in our Central Park Room will be featuring a 5 course tasting menu priced at $175/pp. A credit card is required to secure a reservation for our 3-day cancellation policy. Call or email reservations@tavernonthegreen.com in order to place a reservation.” – Tavern on the Green

AYZA WINE & CHOCOLATE BAR

February 14 | $95+

11 West 31st Street, NY, NY 10001 | (212) 714-2992

Ayza is one of my favorite places. It is intimate with beautiful décor and the food is always great. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a 3-course meal offering various delicious items such as avocado fries and tomato cheddar soup for the first course, braised short ribs and artichoke ravioli for the second course, and tiramisu, lemon blueberry cheesecake, and an assortment of Ayza’s famous chocolate for the third course.

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THE GRAND SALON AT THE BACCARAT HOTEL

February 14 | 12pm-10:30pm | $140+

28 West 53rd Street, NY, NY 10019 | (212)-790-8867

For an upscale and opulent Valentine’s Day dinner, look no further than The Grand Salon. They are offering a special 3-course menu for Valentine’s Day. “The Grand Salon earns its name through a palette of platinum and sparkling neutral shades, Jouffre silk-covered walls, parquet floors, and plush, high-backed banquettes. Here, drinks and dining complement social exchanges beneath a 64-arm Baccarat chandelier.” – The Grand Salon

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THE NOMAD

February 14 | $98+

1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001 | (212) 796-1500

“The NoMad Restaurant will feature a 4-course prix-fixe menu at $190 per person, not inclusive of beverage, tax, or gratuity. A wine pairing is available for $95 per person.  Perhaps you are looking for something a little more casual? The NoMad Bar will feature a 3-course prix-fixe menu at $98 per person, not inclusive of beverage, tax, or gratuity. A beverage pairing is available for $65 per person. The restaurant is comprised of a series of rooms surrounding a glass-enclosed atrium. The menu is refined, yet approachable, complimented by a wine program that celebrates the great winegrowing regions of the world and innovative, classically-focused cocktails.” – The NoMad

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LA GRENOUILLE: LA VIE EN ROSE

February 14 | $83+

3 East 52nd Street, NY, NY 10022 | (212) 752-1495 – call Armel, Pierre, or Philippe for reservations

“Celebrate Valentine’s Day in a Love Light atmosphere of flowers, candles, musical serenades, romance, gifts, surprises & more! Special 3-Course Pre/Post-Theater Prix Fixe Dinner. Offering sumptuous 4-Course Amoretto Main Seating, Prix Fixe Dinner, and a special late night dessert lovers seating.” – La Grenouille

Note: Dress code requires jackets. Only credit cards are accepted.

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