If you ask us, Valentine’s Day date ideas for couples should be special. Yes, you should show your significant other how much you love them every single day. But, sometimes, it’s nice to surprise him or her to a luxurious, unique experience to really show ’em just how much you care once a year, if not more. Think about it—you’ve been dating your boo for how long? It’s time to start taking advantage of the most romantic things to do in the city. Our suggestions run the gamut from trying some of the city’s best classes for couples to treating bae to a luxurious evening at a beautiful hotel that includes a Broadway show. For more great Valentine’s Day date ideas, make sure to peep at our list of romantic restaurants as well.
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Best Valentine’s Day date ideas for couples in NYC
A romantic dinner for two at The Stanton Social (one of the most popular and trendiest restaurants in Lower East Side) sounds like enough to make bae swoon. But for Valentine’s Day, the chic eatery with cozy, circular booths and dim lighting, is upping the ante by allowing you to pre-order a bouquet of flowers when you make your dinner reservation. The beautiful buds will be delivered to your boo upon arrival. (Talk about being hit hard by Cupid’s arrow!) After they gush over the blooms, smiles and praise will continue throughout the evening while you split mouthwatering dishes such as the Potato & Goat Cheese Pierogies and Brussel Sprout Ravioli. Set the mood by taking advantage of the aphrodisiac drink specials and the happy hour menu including $5 beers and select bites. It’s much better than a box of chocolates, we tell ya.
Every couple fantasizes about reprising the infamous pottery wheel scene from Ghost, right? Well, if you take this couples’ night hand-building pottery class at Mugi Studio, you’ll be one step closer to mastering the wheel. Before you hit the big leagues, try molding cups, vases and trays using pinching and coiling techniques, and enjoy getting dirty with your honey.
Want to make your Valentine’s Day celebration extra sweet? Learn how to make your very own box of candy during this Tache Artisan Chocolate class. You’ll master the proper techniques with the shop’s owner Aditi Malhotra, and you get to sip champagne and gorge on your creations during the process.
Get romantic in a tent
There are beautiful, cozy tents occupying Arlo Soho (called Camp Arlo), and you and your sweetie can spend a romantic, cozy evening inside one. Sip warm cocktails and gorge on a smorgasbord of snacks including s'mores. The experience is totally picturesque, so bring your camera!
Eschew the dinner date on Valentine’s Day and snap up tickets to the swanky Romance Under the Stars soiree at the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center for Earth and Space. The night begins among the asteroids (have a "heavenly bodies" quip ready) with an open bar of cocktails and champagne, passed hors d’oeuvres and chocolate, while a jazz quartet sets the mood with standards. An hour later, cozy up in the Hayden Planetarium while an astronomer tells lovey-dovey stories based on the mythology of the cosmos.
Dinner and a movie might be too blasé for bae’s taste, but dinner and a Broadway show? That would make anyone’s heart race! The only downside? Tickets to a musical and a meal at a nice restaurant will cost you. That’s why the Millennium Broadway New York Times Square and The Premier Times Square by Millenium want to make your Valentine’s Day celebration a bit more budget-friendly by offering an incredible deal through March 25. For $519, you get two tickets to a showing of The Parisian Woman starring the legendary Uma Thurman at The Hudson Theatre, pre-show access to The Hudson Theatre's new Ambassador Lounge, gratis cocktails for two at The Hudson Theatre bar before the show and dinner for two at Bugis Street Brasserie and Bar in addition to your overnight hotel stay. Added bonus: The theatre is connected to your hotel, so you never have to step outside in the cold.