Figuring out something to do on Valentine’s Day is tough anywhere, but especially hard in New York City. Many suggestions are too generic – recommending a carriage ride through Central Park or a romantic wine bar isn’t helpful if your date is the adventurous type that prefers beer. Instead of doing activities one (or both) of you aren’t interested in, why not try one of these ideas instead?
For the Classic Romantic: One if By Land is rated by both natives and newcomers as the most romantic restaurant in the city, but good luck getting a reservation there without planning months in advance. Instead, head to DUMBO’s River Café. With stunning views of Manhattan, impeccable service and your very own chocolate Brooklyn Bridge for dessert, this culinary mainstay is sure to impress. Reservations recommended.
For Those Dreaming of Warmer Locales: Visit the New York Botanical Gardens’ Tropical Paradise exhibit. Escape the winter cold as you walk through the doors of the Victorian glass greenhouse and into another world filled with brightly colored plants and warm mist. During Valentine’s weekend, they offer “love-inspiring qualities of dark chocolate, bubbly beverages, and plant-based aphrodisiacs, while learning juicy tidbits of knowledge.” (Additional ticket required; advance purchase recommended.)
For Foodies: If your date appreciates a good meal, take him/her to the world famous Eataly. Shop arm in arm for aphrodisiacs such as truffles, chocolate and oysters while sipping wine in this mammoth location and prepare for a romantic night in cooking for two. If you need a break, grab a bite at one of their nine restaurants.
For Those Who Love the Great White Way (But Not the Prices): It’s hard to go wrong with a Broadway show, but tickets can get expensive. Visit one of TKTS’ three locations the day of the show and get up to 50% Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Maintained by the Theater Development Fund, there are always a bunch of performance choices.
For Those on a Budget (Who Don’t Want to Look Cheap): If you’re flexible on which day to celebrate Valentine’s, check out The Amazing New York Scavenger Hunt. For just $20 and a Metrocard, you and your date will keep busy for three hours on February 16th exploring New York City through a series of mental and physical challenges. Date doesn’t seem romantic enough? The hunt ends at the female friendly adult toy store, Babeland. Wear comfortable shoes!