Valentine’s Day in NYC

Valentine’s Day in NYC

From a romantic, candlelit dinner to a spin around the dance floor, there is no set way to celebrate the most romantic day of the year—especially in New York City! Check out a few suggestions below. And, click here for great gift ideas.   

The Perfect Dinner Date
If a romantic dinner for two is on the agenda, upscale eatery BLT Steak New York will serve a special three-course prix fixe menu on February 14 full of delectable nibbles—think Warm King Crab and Tandoori Spiced Swordfish for the seafood lover, as well as rich options like Field Mushroom Pot Pie and Bacon-Wrapped Bison Strip Loin. The Midtown East restaurant’s sister location, BLT Prime, is also in the mood for love, where fancy fare such as Braised Rabbit Rillettes, Fillet Rossini, Red Velvet Cake and Chocolate Mousse, will have a prominent place on its special three-course menu.

A new kid on the block, Atwood Kitchen & Bar Room, made its grand debut in Midtown East on February 9—just in time for Valentine’s Day. A live jazz band, dim lights and candlelit tables will enhance the restaurant’s amorous ambiance on February 14. And while diners can’t go wrong opting for a table downstairs, the upstairs section’s cozy corner tables for two are the perfect place to enjoy Atwood’s classic American cuisine—from Polenta, Shrimp, and Roasted Sweet Potato Soup to Herb Rolled Beef Tenderloin, Hot Honey Roasted Chicken, Ginger Miso Skuna Bar Salmon, and Red and Gold Quinoa with Farm Egg, on the special VDay menu. Wash it all down with curated cocktails dreamed up by Gil Bouhana of Milk & Honey fame.

No need to rack up the frequent flier miles to enjoy a romantic Parisian excursions—look no further than Hell’s Kitchen, where the venerable outpost Chez Josephine, named after songbird and entertainer Josephine Baker, will have two Valentine’s Day seatings: 5-6 p.m. and 8-10 p.m, accompanied by live piano music.

 …And More
Nothing says “I love you” like a spin around the dance floor, and on Valentine’s Day The Ailey Extension—offering public dance and fitness classes, as well as workshops, to dancers of all levels—will host two special sessions for the holiday. Get in a fun morning workout before the evening’s festivities at The Valentine’s Day Zumba Dance Party. Held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the 90-minute workshop will be hosted by Richard Martinez and guest instructors Melissa Carias, Jose Ozuna and Sam Salazar. Dancers are encouraged to show the love and wear red for Valentine's Day. Lovebirds can try their hand at sensual salsa later that night during The Valentine’s Day Salsa Class from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Those flying solo that Saturday are also encouraged to show their best moves on the dance floor; no partner is required to participate in either workshop.

For some folks, dance is better left as a spectator sport, so for those with two left feet, there is always the option of taking in a dance recital at Queens Theatre, where the Latino dance organization Ballet Hispanico will perform February 14 (2 and 8 p.m.) and 15 (3 p.m.). The lineup of works, curated by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, will include: El Beso, a work by Spanish native Gustavo Ramírez Sansano with original costumes by fashion designer Angel Sanchez; Sombrerísimo, Belgo-Colombian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's piece for six male dancers, which references the surrealist world of the Belgian painter René Magritte; Sortijas, Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto’s darkly lush duet; and Eduardo Vilaro's Asuka, a celebration of the music of the “Queen of Salsa,” Celia Cruz.

Want to know how Christian Grey and his paramour Anastasia Steele would spend the holiday? The cast of 50 Shades! The Musical Parody chimes in (in character!) on how their stage counterparts would celebrate Valentine’s Day here.

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