Valentine's Day ideas: Dates, gifts, restaurants and more

Is Cupid not returning your calls? We can help with Valentine's Day ideas for couples and singles, including romantic restaurants, gifts and saucy events.



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Valentine's Day: Love it or hate it, you can't avoid it. And really, do you want to avoid it? For all the crass commercialization and the rigmarole of finding a restaurant reservation, why not either do something nice for your significant other and spend time together, or take advantage of the single population working themselves into a frenzy of desperation? (Only joking.) To help you have an enjoyable time on and around February 14, we've come up with Valentine's Day ideas that should help you plan the Goldilocks of dates: one that's not too cheap, not too expensive, not too over the top and not too uncaring—it'll be just right. And if you can't bear to spend it alone, try asking out one of the Time Out singles and find a date for Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day date ideas in New York

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An old Hollywood Valentine's Day

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For when you just don’t know if your crush is crushin’ back.

Romantic dates for when you need to make up with someone

You’ll be back in your partner’s good graces after taking then on one of these romantic dates.

More great date ideas for Valentine's Day

Romantic NYC hotels for Valentine's Day

Gramercy Park Hotel

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  1. 2 Lexington Ave, (at 21st St), 10010
Book online

The Bowery Hotel

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  1. 335 Bowery, (at 3rd St), 10003
Book online

Library Hotel

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  1. 299 Madison Ave, (at 41st St), 10017
Book online

The London NYC

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  1. 151 W 54th St, (between Sixth and Seventh Aves), 10019
Book online
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Valentine's Day cards from independent stationery stores


  • Price band: 2/4

Browse refined greeting cards from independent designers.

  1. 888 Broadway, inside ABC Carpet & Home, (at 19th St)
More info

Greenwich Letterpress

  • Price band: 2/4

This mint-walled boutique boasts many unique cards designed and printed in-house.

  1. 39 Christopher St, (between Seventh Ave South and Waverly Pl)
More info


  • Price band: 1/4

Buy simple neon-kissed greeting cards ($5) by Harland Brooklyn Card Co.

  1. 225 Court St, (between Baltic and Warren Sts)
More info

Paper Presentation

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Make your own card with supplies from this stationery emporium.

  1. 23 W 18th St, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves)
More info
See more of New York's best independent stationery stores

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Users say


MSG has the best event of the night. Kings of Leon and Gary Clark Jr.!! Don't miss out!


There are some good options here but I wish they had listed the Valentine's Dome Double Feature event happening at MoMA PS1 Friday night. A friend just told me about it and it seems like a lot of fun to see two awesome movies(Some Like it Hot and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) with friends or a date for only $10. It is definitely another great option for anyone without Valentine's day plans.


This is a really nice variety of options. I love that you have the price ranges. For those holding out until the weekend, Winard Harper at the Metropolitan Room late night set is a good bet.