2013 Valentino the Bear by Gund, $28; at Godiva. Go to godiva.com for store locations.
Nine-piece Blue Box Signature Collection, $29, at MarieBelle, 484 Broome St between West Broadway and Wooster Sts (212-925-6999, mariebelle.com).
Lily Pad Lake Krispy Pops, $20 for three; at harryanddavid.com.
Valentine's gift set (from left: Baby Butterflies, Sweetheart HoneyBeans, Sweetheart Caramels), $16; at sugarfina.com.
Twinkies dipped in pink hard icing, black-and white cookie with heart and red-and-white cookie, $1.50–$2.05; at Leske's Bakery, 7612 Fifth Ave between 76th and 77th Sts, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn (718-680-2323, leskesbakery.com) and, as of February 12, also 588 Fifth Ave between Prospect Ave and 16th St, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Red-velvet and vanilla checkerboard cake with chocolate buttercream filling and hard chocolate icing, $11.50; at Leske's Bakery, 7612 Fifth Ave between 76th and 77th Sts, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn (718-680-2323, leskesbakery.com) and, as of February 12, also 588 Fifth Ave between Prospect Ave and 16th St, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Nothing says "I love you" (or "I'm sort of moving in that direction") like fancifully decorated chocolates, cookies and cupcakes, which is why we reached out to our favorite treats purveyors to gather the best Valentine's Day desserts in New York City. From Jacques Torres chocolate puzzles and colorful macarons from Macaron Café to Valentine's Day–themed cookies from Leske's Bakery and artful ganache collections from MarieBelle and Vosges Haut Chocolat, we've got something to satisfy the loves of your life. (You'll want to stash some away beforehand.)
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Sitting outside on the patio, quaffing giant steins of beer is possible year round at Loreley, a heated outdoor beer garden on the Lower East Side. If truly awful weather pushes you inside, grab a seat in the indoor beer hall. With rustic wood benches for seating and exposed brick walls, this bar and restaurant has a modern German aesthetic. Thirsty patrons can sample beers from Weihenstephaner—the world’s oldest brewery—and the 11 other German-inspired breweries on tap. Kolsch, hefeweizen, lager and IPA: this beer garden has it all. Not into the suds? There’s also a wine list and full bar available. The bartenders will even mix up specialty cocktails, if you’re so inclined. All that drinking got you feeling peckish? Order something from the kitchen. Loreley’s extensive menu features classic pub food and German favorites. Think everything from giant soft pretzels, currywurst and weiner schnitzel to buffalo wings, nachos and burgers. Keep an eye out for special events, like holiday brunches and weekend craft beer festivals.
Venue says: “We are the largest heated outdoor beer garden in Manhattan's lower east side and have a great selection of imported beers, wines & spirits.”