NYC City Guide: Valentine's Day 2018

Valentine's, Galentine's, Palentine's... However you choose to celebrate this year, we've got a great mix of things to do around the city.

Coco Chanel allegedly said, “I only drink Champagne on two occasions: when I am single and when I am not.” We couldn't agree more. Whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day with your beau, embracing singledom, or deeming the holiday as "Galentine's Day" celebrating the love of your lady squad, we've got you covered. Here are spots to eat, play and drink ridiculous amounts of Champagne for Valentine's Day in NYC.

Galentine's Day at Viceroy Central Park

Bask in “Galentine’s Day” at Viceroy Central Park. Check into your luxury Park View Suite, greeted with a complimentary bottle of vodka with signature mixers and an anti-Valentine’s Day Spotify playlist on queue. Begin your night with Nomi Glam Squad makeup and hair services for you and your squad while you read up on your personalized custom concierge guide on where to go for your girl's trip. But before you head out, be sure to snap a pic in your in-room photo booth. Finally, recover the next morning with the "Recovery Day Essentials" amenity and a private yoga class.

Dream Downtown and Dream Midtown are offering a “suiteheart” package, available as a complimentary add-on to all bookings made throughout the month of February. The package includes a bottle of Prosecco, a selection of Valentine's Day chocolates, an exclusive limited-edition print from world-renowned artist and muralist James Goldcrown. 

 

Quirky Ways to Celebrate Palentine's Day

Flying solo this year? Book a "Crash Pad" room at Moxy Times Square and enjoy a night at Magic Hour rooftop bar. Take the elevator to your home away from home with adult toys in-room for you to enjoy. Or grab your friends and book a "Quad Bunk" or "Double Double" room then get personalized manicure and hair makeovers by Japanese-hit glam squad Pericura and complimentary post-dinner dessert at TAO Group’s newest restaurant, Legasea.

The sophisticated Greenwich Village craft cocktail bar Analogue, is hosting the “Shake, Rattle and Roll” Valentine’s Day cocktail class from 7-9 pm, with a focus on pre-Prohibition and spirit-forward recipes. Taught by Analogue’s seasoned head bartender Tre Stillwagon, this hands-on class teaches cocktail lovers how to craft three cocktails in an intimate and interactive setting with complimentary light bites. This is a great out-of-box idea for you and your date, or great drunken fun with your crew. Tickets are $105 per person and can be purchased here.

Magic Hour Rooftop Bar at Moxy Hotel NYC

Dinner for Two: NYC's Best V-Day Restaurants

Treat that special someone to Oceana favorites like lobster bolognese and tuna tartare, or indulge in specials like Tournedos Rossini (filet mignon) with foie gras and black truffles or black linguini with gulf shrimp and green chilies. For a sweet ending to an evening, share a delicate chocolate Mille-Feuille or a creamy white truffle for dessert.

If you are looking to seal the deal with someone special, come aboard Hudson’s and The Duchess at Pier 81 for a four-course menu, roses and a Champagne toast alongside the Statue of Liberty with a spectacular fireworks display on Feb. 14th. Hudson’s will continue the romantic celebration all weekend long with dinner cruises on both Friday and Saturday evening sailing from 6:30-8:30 pm (boarding at 5:30 pm).
 
Chill out and cozy up at SUGARCANE raw bar and grill in Brooklyn and enjoy a special Valentine’s Day menu, perfect for sharing that will satisfy all your cravings including open-fire grilled oysters and surf and turf roasted lobster and strip steak to encourage you to kick back, eat well and stay a while.
 
Lower East Side’s The Stanton Social has you covered for your last minute requests. Surprise your significant other by pre-ordering a bouquet of flowers when you make your reservation to be delivered at upon arrival! Enjoy aphrodisiac specials and a killer happy hour menu in the bar and lounge with $5 beers and bites.

For those looking for a more intimate evening downtown, the Lower East Side’s premier izakaya and sake bar, SakaMai, is a relaxed, intimate space perfect for the biggest date night of the year. With dimmed lighting, exposed brick walls, cozy gauze-curtained booths, there’s no better spot to enjoy warm sake and elevated izakaya fare. SakaMai offers a special seven-course tasting menu ($135) created exclusively for the evening by acclaimed chef, Takanori Akiyama. Featuring Japanese and Japanese-inspired offerings, like the decadent Egg on Egg on Egg, Miyazaki Wagyu Katsu Sando and Foie Duck Soboro Rice (full menu here.)

La Lanterna di Vittorio in Greenwich Village is offering a  five-course prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu based on traditional family recipes handed down from owner Vittorio's ancestral homeland of Genoa. Enjoy green minestrone or sweet potato bisque, arugula with shaved parmesan, four-cheese or Bolognese lasagna en casserole and tiramisu.  Dinner is paired with a passion fruit champagne cocktail and a complimentary bottle of Prosecco to take home for $80 per person (Bar Next Door will offer the same menu with live jazz for $92 pp and  three seatings 6, 8 and 10 pm) by reservation only 212.529.5945.

Relish in a four-course meal from Irvington in Union Square on Valentine’s Day. Dishes like Arctic Char Crudo and chestnut agnolotti are on the $65 prix fixe menu, as well as a dessert platter for two. Even sweeter? There’s a $55 Champagne pairing available including Domaine Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Dom Pérignon and Moët Rosé.

Join Benjamin Steakhouse for a special Valentine’s Day menu including appetizers like half a dozen Blue Point oysters or jumbo lump crab cake with red pepper coulis and more. Entrée options of Porterhouse steak for two or Chilean sea bass are also available as well as surf and turf with lobster tail and filet mignon with a choice of sides and dessert for $99 per person (not including tax and gratuity.)

The Sea Fire Grill offers locally-sourced, contemporary American seafood in a sleek and elegant dining room featuring a roaring fireplace, and dark walnut wine racks throughout. Bring our boo for some Spanish octopus and steamed whole lobster, or spring for a surf and turf with filet mignon and lobster with a choice of one side and dessert for $99 per person.

Cozy up by the fire and dine this Valentine's Day at Greenwich Steakhouse in the West Village. The three-course prix fixe menu comes with an appetizer choice of Caesar salad, shrimp cocktail, yellowfin Tuna tartare or oysters.  Main course options include a 10 oz. filet mignon, grilled salmon, bone-in strip, braised short rib ragu and a side of creamed spinach, hash browns, truffle fries and Brussel sprouts. Your meal will cap off with an assortment of dessert choices, coffee, tea and a complimentary glass of Champagne along with a rose to end the evening all for $139 per person beginning at 5 pm. To make reservations please call 212-553-5000.

This Valentine's Day reserve a table at Soho's Pinch Chinese and share a delicious entrée for two with your love. Choose from newly added dishes including salt and pepper lobster tails and beef short rib or opt for one of the classic favorites like wind sand chicken, whole sea bass, prime NY strip steak and of course, the uniquely prepared peking duck. With drink specials all night long, order one of the signature cocktails like the Hot + Hao, made with bourbon, green tea vodka and honey, and toast to your loved one.