Valentine’s Day ideas for New York

Looking for things to do on Valentine’s Day? Here’s our pick of the best events for couples and singles, romantic restaurants, gift ideas and more.

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. Enjoy a romantic dinner at one of our best New York restaurants, or invite your date over and put on our playlist of the best sex songs for your homemade, candelit dinner. Single or not the romantic type? Luckily, there's always a party worth going to in our pick of the best parties in New York.

Dinner and date ideas

Restaurants

Valentine’s Day dinner ideas in NYC

It doesn't matter if you've got a boo or a BF because these are the best date spots for your V-Day plans—complete with complimentary booze and plenty of chocolate

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Restaurants

The most romantic restaurants in NYC

Make sparks fly no matter your budget at the city's most romantic restaurants

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Bars

The most romantic bars in NYC

New York is notorious for making dating difficult, but it’s simultaneously home to some of the most romantic spots around

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Bars

The coziest restaurants and bars in NYC

Snag a spot and sprawl out at one of the city's coziest hangouts

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Valentine's Day gift ideas

Shopping and style

The best flower shops

Picking out the perfect bouquet is no bed of roses, but we've made it easy this V-Day with our list of the best florists in the city

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Restaurants

The best chocolate shops in New York

Find the perfect Valentine's Day gift with an item from one of New York’s best chocolatiers

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Shopping and style

The best Valentine's Day gifts for him

We scoured NYC's best shops and websites to find perfect V-Day gifts for him

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Shopping and style

Valentine’s Day ideas for her under $100

These unique, fun, and thoughtful Valentine's Day gifts for her will make her swoon. No gift receipt necessary

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Valentine's Day gifts for when it's complicated

Shop for gifts for anyone from your hookup buddy, to the guy you just met on Tinder or the girl you already know is the one

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Anti-Valentine’s Day gift ideas

Whether you’re newly solo, happily single or filled with burning rage of a thousand exes, these anti-Valentine’s Day ideas will convey the proper sentiment

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Valentine's Day Songs

Music

Love songs

Are you ready to fall head over heels with the best love songs of all time? Cupid has you in his sights, people.

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Music

Sexy songs

Our playlist of sex songs will take you by the hand, whisper sweet nothings in your ear and lead you straight to the bedroom. TONY Sexy Songs playlist on Spotify LISTEN TO FULL PLAYLIST TO THE RIGHT —> Music may very well be the food of love, but it's also—more deliciously—the food of loving. Because we know our readers have an appetite like no other, as reported in our annual Sex issue, we present to you the connoisseur's playlist. From the hottest turn-ons to the sweetest soundtracks, these are the 50 sexiest songs on the planet, according to us.RECOMMENDED: Music & nightlife sex issueTo be clear: These aren’t necessarily songs about the act of love (though many of them are pretty detailed); rather, they’re songs to do it to. Hence, W.A.S.P.’s “Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)" does not qualify, but the White Stripes' metaphor-happy “Ball and Biscuit” does. For those sorts of songs, head to our grubby Best oral sex songs list.A note on our list’s running order: While the top ten songs are, in our opinion, the ten most outrageously sizzing songs ever recorded, the runners-up are ordered—sensitively—for your listening pleasure. We want you to be able to enjoy your Spotify playlist with as few awkward, fumbling moments as possible. Now let us begin! VIEW THE 50 BEST SEX SONGS AS A LIST >> Music & Sex 50 best sex songs ever Let our playlist take you by the hand, whisper sweet nothing in your ear, and lead you all the way to the bedroom. Top 25 oral sex songs Cel

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Music

Oral sex songs

Heatseeking MC Azealia Banks gets low down—literally—and dirty on "212." What better reason to celebrate the art of oral in pop music? It's a well-known truism that any fool can write a hit about the pleasures of, ah, eating out. But what makes Harlem MC Azealia Banks—and specifically her song "212"—so very special is that it's already head and shoulders above most chart pop before it's even reached its chorus. The weirdly ravey beat, the no-nonsense but damnably cute vocal, the video that has its stars frugging/limboing across the screen... All this happens before Banks has even suggested you lick her plum in the evening. Or for that matter, the words "I GUESS THAT CUNT GETTIN' EATEN" have flashed across the screen (yes, in caps). In celebration of Banks's breakthrough moment—and all those who have paved the way—we present our list of the top 25 oral sex songs. Here we go. View the 25 best oral sex songs You might also like 50 best sex songs ever Our playlist of sex songs will take you by the hand, whisper sweet nothings in your ear and lead you straight to the bedroom. TONY Sexy Songs playlist on Spotify LISTEN TO FULL PLAYLIST TO THE RIGHT —> Music may very well be the food of love, but it's also—more deliciously—the food of loving. Because we know our readers have an appetite like no other, as reported in our annual Sex issue, we present to you the connoisseur's playlist. From the hottest turn-ons to the sweetest soundtracks, these are

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Music

Breakup songs

Heaven knows you’re miserable now—so you may as well enjoy it with the best breakup songs ever made

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Romantic NYC hotels for Valentine's Day

Gramercy Park Hotel

New Yorkers held their collective breath when hotelier Ian Schrager announced he was revamping the Gramercy Park ­Hotel, a 1924 gem that had hosted everyone from Humphrey Bogart to David Bowie. They needn’t have worried: The redesigned lobby, unveiled in 2006, retains the boho spirit, with ruby-red banquettes, an enormous Venetian chandelier and working fireplace, and artwork by Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Richard Prince and Julian Schnabel (the hotel’s art director). The eclectic elegance continues in the spacious rooms, which include tapestry-covered chairs, hand-tufted rugs, mahogany English drinking cabinets and a Pre-Raphaelite color palette of deep reds and blues. Guests can lounge on the roof deck, get a facial at the in-house spa, or sip cocktails at the Schnabel-designed Rose and Jade bars. Danny Meyer’s trattoria, Maialino, has bumped up the attractions. Rooms: 185.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Mondrian Soho

Designed by Benjamin Noriega Ortiz, who created cool cribs for Lenny Kravitz and gave the Mondrian Los Angeles a glamorous makeover in 2008, Mondrian SoHo has a distinctly un-Gotham vibe. An ivy-covered passageway leads to the 26-story glass tower, set back from the Crosby Street. Inspired by Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bête, Ortiz has created a fanciful interior in which lobby coffee tables have talons and floor lamps are shaded with petite parasols. Trippy, saturated-blue hallways lead to rooms that combine white minimalism with classic elements such as china-blue arabesque-print upholstery and marble-topped vanity sinks that perch outside the bathroom. Floor-to-ceiling windows give rooms on higher floors spectacular vistas, especially in suites, where double banks of glass provide a panoramic sweep. Going one better than Wi-Fi, every room is equipped with an in-room iPad that also connects to hotel services. The Italian restaurant, Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar, offers seating in an adjacent greenhouse, fitted out with crystal chandeliers, ferns and ficus trees, while the dimly lit, cushion-strewn bar, Mister H, looks like a 1930s Shanghai opium den by way of Casablanca. Rooms: 270.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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The NoMad Hotel

A block south of hipster hub the Ace Hotel, the NoMad heralds what may finally emerge as a bona fide ’hood: North of Madison Square Park. The properties share a developer, and like the Ace, the NoMad is a self-contained microcosm encompassing destination dining—courtesy of Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, of Michelin-three-starred Eleven Madison Park—and the first stateside outpost of Parisian concept store Maison Kitsuné. Struck by the Haussmannesque facade of the 1903 limestone building (a former corporate HQ), owner Andrew Zobler enlisted Jacques Garcia, known for designing celebrated rue Saint-Honoré A-list crash pad Hôtel Costes to create the opulent interiors. Original features in the public spaces, such as elaborate ceiling moldings and mosaic tile floors, have been meticulously restored. After seeing a photograph in a design book of a Paris apartment Garcia occupied in his twenties, Zobler encouraged him to bring the same lived-in bohemian style to the hotel’s guest quarters. Vintage Heriz rugs soften the weathered maple floor, salvaged from a 1905 factory. In keeping with the residential aesthetic, the wall concealing the loo and shower cubicle is dressed up as a damask “screen.” Many rooms feature old-fashioned claw-foot bathtubs, and the exclusive argan-oil products were supplied by provençal perfumer and lifestyle brand Côté Bastide. Each room has its own art collection, built on the theme of travel around photographs, sketches and correspondence amassed from French

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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The London NYC

This 54-story high-rise was completely overhauled by David Collins (designer of some of London’s most fashionable bars and restaurants) and reopened as the London NYC in early 2007. His sleek, contemporary-British style pervades the rooms, with attractive signature touches such as limed oak parquet flooring, embossed leather travel trunks at the foot of the beds, hand-woven throws and inventive coffee tables that adjust to dining-table heights. But space is perhaps the biggest luxury: The 350–500-square-foot London Suites (the starting-priced accommodations) are either open-plan or divided with mirrored French doors, and bathrooms feature double rain showerheads. Upper-floor Vista Suites command city views. The London is, appropriately, the site of two eateries from Britain’s best-known celebrity chef, the eponymous Gordon Ramsay at the London and the less formal (and less expensive) Maze. The chef also supplies the room service menu.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Spotify has released a list of the songs that receive the most play on February 14.

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If you’re looking for a fun date spot this Valentine’s Day, look no further: these great date spots in NYC are perfect for a romantic rendezvous. TONY Offers & Experiences Dating is rough—trust us, we know. But Time Out has simplified the process (sort of) with our guide to the great dates in New York City, whether you’re meeting someone for a first date, trying to rekindle a long-term romance, or hate dating altogether. Plus, we’ve compiled a few tips to help make your next date go smoothly. If you’re still looking for a partner, we’ve got advice from Erika Christensen, a matchmaker who pairs up single ladies and gents on the subway. Or take a spin through our roundup of single New Yorkers to find someone that you can take on one of these great dates.—Edited by Amy PlittRECOMMENDED: The best date ideas and romantic spots in NYC Great date ideas in New York City Great first date ideas in NYC: Where to have a fun first date Don’t overthink things for an early date: If you need a first-date idea, use our guide to find the perfect, casual spot. Go on a virtual vacation at Bikini Bar Stepping into this Tribeca coffee shop is almost like walking into a hidden island oasis. Vintage surfboards are propped against the wall, a pineapple-themed chandelier hangs from the ceiling, and coffee cups adorned with palm trees add to the “we’re not in New York anymore” ambience. Swap vacation stories while sipping a cappuccino ($4) at the retro tiki bar; coffee, mad

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NYC SHOWS
NYC SHOWS

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

Melissa
Melissa

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.

BMB4JAZZ
BMB4JAZZ

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.