NYC City Guide: Valentine’s Day 2019

NYC City Guide: Valentine’s Day 2019

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 squad), we’ve got you covered. Here are spots to eat, play and drink ridiculous amounts of Champagne on Valentine’s Day in NYC.

Make it a Galentine’s Day Weekend

Make it a girl’s trip at Moxy Times Square and enjoy a night at Magic Hour rooftop bar. Grab your friends and book a night with “Quad Bunks,” perfect for an old-school sleepover with three of your pals. The room package also comes with two bottles of prosecco at the ultra-sexy Magic Hour rooftop bar, desserts courtesy of Legasea restaurant, a dance class at Banana Skirt (private or complimentary admission to the Galentine’s Day class on Feb. 13), and finally priority access to “Tips + Tricks” from Moxy’s resident sex expert on Valentine’s Day at Bar Moxy.

While you’re enjoying the Moxy Hotel Galentine’s Day room special make sure to stop in to Legasea Seafood Brasserie, which will be offering a themed “Sips in the City” champagne tasting class. Taught by the restaurant’s beverage manager, Nikki McCutcheon, the Valentine’s class, part of a monthly series, will focus on giving guests a comprehensive tasting and understanding of everyone's favorite romantic go-to: Champagne. Following the class, guests are welcome to dine in the main dining room of Legasea, which is celebrating V-Day all week, serving oysters and Champagne starter and a chocolate cherry bombe dessert special from Feb. 10 to the 17. 

Why not have a music-filled Valentine’s Day with platinum-selling, multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM award-winning artist, Trisha Yearwood, who will serenade guests with an intimate performance inside one of New York’s most glamorous and iconic settings, the Rainbow Room, set 65 stories above landmark Rockefeller Center with panoramic views in every direction. Trisha will host a one-night-only performance on the most romantic night of the year. The New York Times best-selling cookbook author and chef will also work with Rainbow Room executive chef Mathew Woolf to curate a special four-course tasting menu with wine pairings. Tickets at $325 per person are available here. The dress code is cocktail attire, and jackets are required for gentlemen. 

Sugar Momma in FiDi is offering buy-one-get-one-free cocktails for singles on Valentine’s Day. Sugar Momma will make sure you still drink for two. The restaurant and bar is housed inside a café by day called Hole in the Wall but transforms at night when the red light is turned on.  A red neon sign that says “Hello Gorgeous” invites guests to come in and stay awhile since after-work is the new after-hours at this hot spot.

(Courtesy Ophelia)

Boozy Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

The sophisticated Greenwich Village craft cocktail bar Analogue is hosting a Valentine’s Day cocktail class from 6-9 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-the-box idea for you and your date, or great drunken fun with your crew. Tickets start at $105 per person and can be purchased here.

Set 26 stories above the hustle and bustle of the city, Ophelia is an opulent rooftop lounge in Midtown East with plush red velvet seating and stunning cocktails, perfect for a Valentine’s Day to remember. This V-day, the lounge will be offering special "his and hers” cocktails, crafted by Head Bartender Amir Babayoff, as well as Imperial Osetra caviar service served by the ounce and with accompaniments. A space with rich history, Ophelia layers unique curiosities and design touches from the 1920s and ‘30s to create an “illuminating” jewel box immersed in the sky. 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in style at DIEGO, the sophisticated cocktail bar located atop PUBLIC hotel’s iconic escalator. An intimate space with a fireplace where patrons escape the hustle and bustle of NYC’s Lower East Side, Diego is a perfect spot to celebrate with a loved one. This Valentine’s Day, DIEGO will be offering a bottle of Champagne (either Moët & Chandon Brut or Rose Champagne) and any dessert on the menu for $99. 

Magic Hour Rooftop Bar at Moxy Hotel NYC

Magic Hour rooftop bar (Courtesy Moxy Hotel NYC)

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

This Valentine’s Day take in views of more than just your loved one at the iconic Bar SixtyFive at the Rainbow Room, located 65 floors above Rockefeller Center. For one night only, Bar SixtyFive will offer a special Valentine’s Day three-course prix fixe dinner menu with drink pairings. Guests can choose from a variety of selections, including lobster salad, foie gras brûlée, crab tagliatelle and strawberry heart breton shortbread. Total inclusive cost per person with tax and gratuity is $110, not including the beverage pairing. The regular Bar SixtyFive menu will also be available. Reservations can be made by visiting Open Table.

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 chiles. For a sweet ending to an evening, share a delicate chocolate mille-feuille or a creamy white truffle for dessert.

Valerie, a new bi-level cocktail bar and restaurant located in Midtown, evokes the golden era of Manhattan with its timeless drink list, bistro-inspired menu, and Art Deco decor, with inspired updates for modern crowds. For Valentine’s Day, Valerie will be offering a three-course prix fixe menu for $59.95 per person. The menu includes a starter, entrée, and dessert. 

(Courtesy Valerie)

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. 14. Hudson’s will continue the romantic celebration all weekend long with dinner cruises on both Friday and Saturday evening, sailing from 7-9 pm (boarding at 5:30 pm).
For a unique, intimate dining experience, Shuraku, the Japanese eatery in the West Village, will be offering a special prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu of seasonally inspired, elevated omakase. For $150 per person, Chef/owner Joseph Conti has put together a menu of seven simply prepared traditional Japanese dishes with modern twists. Highlights include sakizuke, Hokkaido scallops served in the half shell, Miyazaki beef and more. Sake enthusiasts have the option to add a sake pairing ($50), which features a variety of rare sakes expertly paired to complement each course. To reserve a table visit
Chill out and cozy up at SUGARCANE raw bar and grill in Brooklyn and enjoy a special Valentine’s Day menu. Perfect for sharing, it will satisfy all your cravings, including open-fire grilled spareribs, lobster soup and steamed oysters to encourage you to kick back, eat well and stay a while.

SakaMai “Egg on Egg on Egg” (©Three Day Monk)

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 dim 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.

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 by reservation only 212.529.5945. (Bar Next Door will offer the same menu with live jazz for $92 pp and three seatings at 6, 8 and 10 pm)

Relish a four-course meal from Irvington in Union Square on Valentine’s Day. Dishes like wild stripped bass and yellowtail tartare 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).

(Courtesy Sea Fire Grill)

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 your boo in for some Spanish octopus and steamed whole lobster, or spring for surf and turf with filet mignon and lobster with a choice of one side and dessert for $99 per person.

Cozy up to 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 ribs ragu and a side of creamed spinach, hash browns, truffle fries and Brussels sprouts. Your meal will cap off with an assortment of dessert choices, coffee, tea and a complimentary glass of Champagne along with a rose: all for $139 per person beginning at 5 pm. To make reservations, 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 ribs 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. 


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