New York may not be the city of love, but on Valentine’s Day the city converts into a romantic playground for all. With Valentine’s Day dedicated menus at the best restaurants, heart shaped chocolate truffles available at the neighborhood chocolatier and more, New York is an incredible place to celebrate the day of love.
Though, as WestHouse concierge Andrea points out, Valentine’s Day can sometimes isolate itself as a holiday exclusively for significant others or people in a relationship. But in New York, that’s not the case. “Valentine’s Day in New York is special because of the different groups found celebrating out on the town. You’ll see couples, families and friends eating at the same restaurants or attending the same show.” No matter how you’re celebrating, there’s a great way to spend Valentine’s in New York.
Celebrating with your sweetheart? Start off the day with champagne and petit fours upon arrival at WestHouse. Afterward, pamper each other with a couple’s massage at The Couples Spa, where the technicians dress the tables in rose petals and use lavender infused essential oils. Then, cozy up with your loved one over a firelit dinner at The Lambs Club, whose themed menu selections include oysters with a mango-parsnip mignonette, lobster and chanterelle thermador and passion fruit panna cotta.
Spending Valentine’s day with the loved ones in your family? If there are little ones in the group, start the celebration at the Central Park Zoo, followed by frozen hot chocolates at Serendipity 3. For an evening out, take the whole family to see the New York City Ballet’s rendition of Sleeping Beauty, a mesmerizing and magical interpretation of one of the most beloved fairy tales.
Hanging with your squad this Valentine’s? Go on an indoor rock climbing and bouldering adventure at the MPHC Climbing Gym. After working up an appetite, grab an easy bite nearby at Capizzi’s for wood-fired pizza before seeing one of the three improv shows on at the Upright Citizens Brigade.