What’s the most romantic thing you can think of? Nibbling chocolate and sipping on champagne after taking a relaxing bath in a hot tub or getting a couple’s massage? An intimate dinner with a view of a breathtaking skyline?
No worries, New York City’s got you covered. Our beautiful city offers all of these things and more. In order to make it easier for you, we’ve created a list of the most romantic ways to spend this special day with your loved one in New York City. And who says you can’t do all this with your friends, too?
Taste Small Bites
Tastings are a great way of trying a lot of different foods without feeling too stuffed afterwards. Perfect for people who love food, but don’t enjoy having too much of it. Plus, you can make it even more romantic by feeding each other with delicious little bites. So which food and drink items are there to taste in New York City?
Delaware and Hudson in Williamsburg serves Mid-Atlantic cuisine in an intimate atmosphere at pleasantly affordable prices. Its $65 tasting menu, with naturally sourced, farm-fresh ingredients include such dishes as ricotta dumplings with pork belly and scallops with an apple-kohlrabi slaw.
Another crowd favorite is Contra on the Lower East Side, where unique options and a cozy atmosphere make this restaurant a romantic option for Valentine’s Day. Six courses can be enjoyed for $74, make sure you try something new and opt for something funky like the popcorn tangerine granita dessert.
Le Bernardin, a Midtown seafood-centric restaurant, puts scallops with brown butter dashi and lobster lasagne with truffle butter on its menu. Four courses come to $140 each.
Gaze at the Stars
With all those tall buildings around us and the bright lights of the city, it’s sometimes hard to spot the stars above us. That’s why it’s way easier to pay a visit to the American Natural History Museum’s Hayden Planetarium.
The museum knows how to celebrate Valentine’s Day the right way, putting together a complete itinerary complete with a cocktail hour, hors d’oeuvres, and stellar love stories from the past. Tickets are $125 per person.
Have a Romantic Dinner
Probably the most obvious, and therefore super popular, activity to do on Valentine’s Day is going out for a romantic, intimate dinner. So what are the best spots to spend quality time with your significant other while enjoying delicious food?
Check out Red Rooster, a Harlem favorite, serving classic American comfort food. Their prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu, consisting of three courses, can be enjoyed for $55 per person.
If you’re a couple of meat lovers, head to Momofuku Ssäm Bar on February 14th. Their prix fixe menu is made up of pork-heavy small plates, perfect for mixing and sharing.
For amazing skyline views and an upscale dinner option, look no further than the River Cafe in Dumbo. This high-end restaurant right by the East River has put together an elaborate Valentine’s Day menu for $195 per person, including wagyu steak tartare, caviar egg, and leg of lamb, all paired with rosé champagne.
Relax at the Spa
We all know that New York City can be a stressful city. So why not take Valentine’s Day off and spend the day at the spa, where all you’ll have to do is throw yourself into a bathing suit and relax?
Body by Brooklyn offers romantic couple’s massages for $250 for two, including complimentary glasses of champagne. You’ll be relaxing in the VIP suite, be treated to an aromatherapy massage together with your loved one, and have access to the spa’s six wet and dry lounges.
At Faina European Day Spa, opt for the Champagne Extravaganza for Two at $229, which includes a steam shower, a boozy body scrub, and a 30-minute aromatherapy body massage, followed by champagne and chocolate.
Take a Cooking Class
If you’ve ever wondered how to make that juicy steak or perfect burger you regularly splurge on at your favorite restaurants, a cooking class is for you. Luckily, New York City has an abundance of couples’ cooking classes on offer.
At The Institute of Culinary Education at Brookfield Place, attend the Couples Cooking Series and pair bourbon with pork chops and steaks in a boozy steakhouse course. Or sample four different burgers with Irish beer in a beer and burger extravaganza.
Lovers and connoisseurs of Italian cuisine will love the cooking classes at Eataly’s Flatiron location. A resident chef will walk you through preparing three classic Italian dishes, while a sommelier will provide the appropriate wine pairings.