Fall in Love with NYC during the month of LOVE!
February is known for one thing: Valentines Day! Nothing strikes fear in the hearts of couples more than the stress of planning a special day, but no fear! Sit back and relax while we take you through some of the best of the best. From what to do, where to go, and what to see, we’re here to help make sure that you fall in love with this beautiful city!
One of our favorite experiences here in the city is the heart installation that appears in Times Square every February. Sponsored by Times Square Arts, and now in its 11th year, is a representation of love that is displayed during the month of February. Every year a different designer produces the installation, which range in theme, materials and design. From abstract, to interactive, it is always a treat to experience the display! (Rumor has it this year is pretty awesome!)
You can also head over to 55th St, (on 6th, near Rockefeller Center) and take a picture with the giant Love sign as well!
January and February are also known for a few major events.
Number one, Broadway week! A celebration of one of NYC’s most widely known attractions, the Broadway Stage! From January 21st to February 10th, many tickets are 2 for 1, with upgrades available as well. This makes it much easier to enjoy your favorite shows. And why not make it a whole evening? Many restaurants in the theatre district do pre fixe menus, and there are some cute bars (check out Haswell Greens and Dutch Freds for amazing craft cocktails) for a pre and post theatre drink.
This can also mix in with the second best event (or, in our case the FIRST best event) NYC Restaurant Week. Running January 21st- Feb 8th, (which coincides PERFECTLY with Broadway week!) This highly anticipated week happens twice a year, once in winter and once in summer. With three course pre fixe meals at $42, and lunch meals at $26, it is an easy, inexpensive way to try out some of the best in the city. Why not one for lunch and one for dinner? Sometimes it’s easier to get into some of the top restaurants by booking for lunch. Keep in mind earlier dinner times and Sundays also tend to be less crowded as well. Visit the link below to browse restaurants, book tables, and explore menus! https://www.nycgo.com/restaurant-week
Our third heavy hitter in February is New York Fashion Week. Held February 8th to the 16th, this MAJOR NYC event spreads throughout the city. With events located all over, many of which are open to the public, you can score tickets to see both up and coming designers and some heavy hitters. Some of the events are closed but that doesn’t mean you’ll be left out. You can visit New York Fashion Week (nyfw.com) or check out fashionweekdates.com for information on shows and purchasing tickets. Plenty of celebrities are in town, and you can always grab a coffee or glass of wine at Café Fiorello (perhaps a slice of their NY style cheese cake or a Limoncello tart as well, since they are both to DIE for!) and hope that someone famous walks in! (Their celebrity list is pretty long and it is not that uncommon to be seated next to Fran Drescher or Nathan Lane!)
In addition to the fabulousness that is restaurant week, there are PLENTY of romantic restaurants to score for a fabulous date night. One of our favorites? Ayza. (www.ayzanyc.com) This adorable little wine and cocktail bar is convenient to get to from both Grand Central and Penn. It’s actually around the corner from Penn located in Koreatown, on 31st St. Their menu is composed of mainly small plates that are perfect for sharing (which we promise, you’ll want to do.) This enables you to order a bunch of different dishes, and then explore their extensive cocktail list, or sample over 90 fine wines. Our suggestion is to order a chocolate martini, paired with a delicious bite of chocolate. They know love, so be sure to let them know if you are there for a romantic evening. They’ll make sure to add a few extra surprises to your table! Be forewarned, they are closed for renovations until February, opening just in time for Valentines Day.
The West Village has plenty of adorable date spots, both for dinner or drinks. While We Were Young (www.whilewewereyoungnyc.com) is a cocktail bar with a beautiful ambiance. Be prepared, this place is TINY. There are only about 8 tables and a few bar stools, but the Instagram pictures and delectable drinks are well worth it. While in the area, head on over to Sweet Corner for either a Nutella stuffed chocolate heart or their red velvet Nutella stuffed cookie….two delight sweet treats perfect for sharing! One If by Land, Two If By Sea (oneifbyland.com) is considered one of the most romantic restaurants in NYC. This historic carriage house (once belonging to Aaron Burr) is both elegant and refined, and the menu reflects the delicacy and beauty of the restaurant. With its exposed brick and seven course tasting menu, it is a sure fire way to WOW your date. Little secret? Its apparently haunted. Keep your eyes peeled for ghosts!
One of our favorite rooftop bars is on top of Ink 48. (ink48.com )This Kimpton hotel on 11th Ave, is a hop, skip and a jump away from midtown. Book a weekend here in one of their suites, and share a bubble bath in one of their sunken jacuzzi tubs! Service is stellar, and their attention to detail make this a favorite hotel to visit and stay. Their restaurant Print is a gorgeous, stylish venue and their food is inspired by the seasons. They strive to work with the community, and support local farmers and businesses. Their food is organic, delicious, and inspiring. This makes a meal here well worth its weight in gold. Afterwards our recommendation is to head upstairs to the Press Lounge. This absolutely beautiful rooftop bar has gorgeous views of the city and the Hudson river. With an indoor/outdoor space and gorgeous pool in the center, it is perfect for a few cocktails and scenic views.
The color of February? PINK. Where can you find pink? Pietro Nolita. (pietronolita.com) Tucked downstairs on a bustling SoHo street, this cute little restaurant hosts everything pink. From the actual building (which adds a delightful POP of color to an otherwise bland street) to the utensil and the cocktails, this restaurant is seeped in pink. Their restroom spouts words of love (Literally!) and all of their food is designed to be pink as well. As most cute NYC establishments, this place is tiny, with only a few tables and four bar stools. You’ll be making friends with your neighbors, but what perfect way to celebrate that day of love surrounded by it?
Looking to spend more than a few dollars? The Mandarin Oriental(mandarinoriental.com) is an upscale high rise hotel located directly across from Central Park. The Mandarin knows luxury. Between their sleek, luxurious guest rooms, to the Spa and then drinks at the Aviary, this is definitely the place to spoil the special someone. Book a couples massage. Indulge in a spa treatment. Take a few laps while enjoying views of the Hudson. It is also home to one of our favorite bars, The Aviary. The Stellar views of Columbus Circle and Central Park are worth booking a window table here. If you are a fan of the culinary world then the name Grant Atchaz rings a bell. Known for his work in molecular gastronomy, the drinks at the Aviary are not just cocktails but works of art. Service here is impeccable, and for a deeper cocktail experience, head to the Office. Sleek and sexy, this bar has a speakeasy vibe and a cocktail list that highlights a deep spirits collection. Located around the corner is the Time Warner Building, chock full of shops and eateries. Also at the top is another luxurious meal, Thomas Kellers’ Per Se. This is just one of NYC’s 3 Star Michelin restaurants. Not one of these places skimps on the attention to detail, making it a five star way to enjoy Valentines Weekend.
Of course, Our favorite choice would be booking a tour with us! Let us show you some of the most romantic spots for photography. From secret gardens, to adorable nooks and alleys you will indulge in sweet treats, perfect for sharing and decorated for the season. Message us today to book a custom tour or check out our group tours!