Your Personal Concierge
Romance in the City
This month, Loews Regency Hotel, New York’s David Moreno suggests Manhattan outposts to cozy up in front of the fire, romantic dining destinations Downtown, experiential Valentine’s Day gifts and more.
Q: What are three events happening in the city this month?
A: Many New York City restaurants feature special menus for Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14; the city will also welcome the 17th Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival on Feb. 14, which will include elaborate floats, costumes and an outdoor festival in Sara D. Roosevelt Park; and Restaurant Week takes place thru Feb. 5, featuring prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at area restaurants.
Q: What are the three most romantic restaurants in the city?
A: Mas (farmhouse) is a charming restaurant in Greenwich Village with a menu of New American cuisine, while NoHo’s il Buco boasts a mix of Spanish and Italian fare served in a warm setting. TriBeCa’s Acappella Restaurant serves Northern Italian cuisine.
Q: What are two neighborhoods to check out off Manhattan Island?
A: Long Island City has cool views of Manhattan from its home across the East River in Queens, as well as great restaurants, art galleries and museums, such as The Noguchi Museum and MoMA PS1. In Brooklyn, Williamsburg also has great restaurants and art galleries that feature thought-provoking exhibits.
Q: What is a perfect experiential gift to give this Valentine’s Day?
A: Take that special someone to Minus5 Ice Bar New York City. Everything in the Midtown West venue is completely made of ice—from the bar and seats to the walls and drinkware. You don’t have to worry about getting cold, as patrons are offered gloves and a parka or faux-fur coat.
Q: What are two cozy places in the city with fireplaces?
A: NYC visitors and locals can enjoy seasonal cocktails at Bar ‘21’ & Lounge at the ’21’ Club in Midtown West while gazing at the roaring fire in the venue’s fireplace. In Gramercy Park, the Rose Bar features a hand-carved limestone fireplace.
Q: What have guests asked about lately?
A: Guests want to know the best way to obtain tickets to One World Observatory. I tell them to speak to their hotel concierge. We can book their tickets and also obtain priority access tickets, which allow visitors to skip the lines. Guests also want to know if I can get them last-minute reservations at Ralph Lauren’s restaurant The Polo Bar for a specific time. I first ask if they are flexible with times; however, often when I call the venue, I can get them in during their desired time frame.