Keep The Love Hot This Valentine’s Day With These Unique Gifts, Romantic Ideas & Romantic Dinners

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Valentine’s Day…one of the biggest NYC events in February. NYC offers plenty of ideas that should help you plan the Goldilocks of dates: one that’s not too cheap, not too expensive, not too over-the-top and not too uncaring. It’ll be just right!

Enjoy a decadent dinner at one of the best NYC restaurants, take one of our cool and romantic Circle Line tours or invite your date over and put on our playlist of the best sex songs for your homemade, candlelit dinner with some bubbly. Single or not the romantic type? Luckily, there’s something below that has everyone covered!

Turret Penthouse Suites

For those couples seeking the ultimate romantic, over-the-top experience, staycation in New York City in one of the The Beekman hotel’s recently renovated Turret Penthouse Suites. Perched on the rooftop of the hotel, the suites offer private terraces with a fairy-tale like setting against a backdrop of the Lower Manhattan skyline including the Woolworth Building and Freedom Tower.

Amenities include a dedicated Concierge team, American breakfast, premium honor bar, exclusive access to a choice of luxury Lexus vehicles, and in-room features such as luxurious sateen Sferra linens and exclusive D.S. & Durga bath products. Accommodations start at $6,500/night.

Joy Photo Album

Relive the splendor of your Valentine’s Day with the Joy Photo Album, the world’s first smart photo album. Packed with proprietary technology like StoryTime™, a wireless magnetic stand with two active charging surfaces, and voice notes, the Joy Photo Album makes it easy to preserve and instantly share the most important moments of our lives, whether you’re on the same couch or miles apart.

Better yet, you and your loved ones can spend time paging through photos and recounting stories without the distractions of notifications and social media feeds. It is simply a collection of your memories, automatically arranged in beautiful layouts.

Ocean Prime

Lovers who wish to enjoy the finer foods in life are sure to find them at Ocean Prime Boston. The Modern American restaurant by renowned restaurateur, Cameron Mitchell, offers steak and seafood sure to please palates. Couples can start with a tray of oysters and sip on Ocean Prime’s Berries & Bubbles, a smoking cocktail made with dry ice, perfectly suited for the holiday.

Aldo

These limited edition Valentine’s Day Collection features this sultry pump, perched on a heart-topped heel, is made for romance. Style it with date-night looks or painting the town red with the girls.

Twilly d’Hermes Eau de parfum

The scent for the Hermes girl, a daring fragrance woven with striking ginger and sensual tuberose. A floral, spicy and exotic eau de parfum.

Mooshu TRAINERS

Dress up your little darling in shoes that even Cupid would envy! Cute, comfy and fun, these stylish shoes are gentle on growing feet and encourage a proper heel to toe gait. Adored by celeb parents such as Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Bush Hager and Sara Haines, mooshu TRAINERS are the perfect accessory for any occasion.

COTTON CITIZEN

COTTON CITIZEN denim is handcrafted and dyed in our Los Angeles dye house and this dyed pink jacket will be perfect for a night out with bae.

Zuma New York

Zuma New York will be offering a special omakase menu available at 3 price points for diners: $115, $145 and $225. Additionally, for the indulgent, special diner, there will be a $500 off-the-menu special.

For this, the menu is only available in 3 private dining rooms overlooking the main dining room, for a romantic, private and elegant setting. This allows the couple to have the entire room to themselves, with private chef service and romantic tableside garnishes. Additionally, this option offers a champagne welcome, dry Riesling with the starters, Diaginjo sake with sushi, a buttery chardonnay to pair with fish entrees and a Bordeaux blend with the meat dish.

GODIVA

GODIVA has everything you need to pick up on your way to that romantic dinner, or special outing so you don’t need to show up empty-handed. See below for a few delectable gift ideas that will “wow” your significant other (without them knowing you purchased it that day)!

  • Cups of Love Chocolate Gift Box, 9 pc ($28.00) — Who can be sad with a box filled with Cups of Love? This beautifully illustrated round gift box is a romantic Valentine’s Day gift, filled with 9 luscious chocolates from GODIVA’s Cups of Love (“”coupe d’amour””) collection featuring perfectly paired flavors designed to excite and delight. Each exquisite cup is filled with chocolate ganache, rich praliné or creamy caramel layered in milk, white or dark chocolate.

Spectrum Bakes

This Valentine’s Day, think outside the traditional chocolate box and shop for a socially good gift for your sweetie! Spectrum Bakes, a cause-driven company that offers a variety of handmade, customizable products, and employs individuals with developmental disabilities, is offering a limited-edition Valentine’s Day tin full of chocolate covered granola bites!

The sweet treats are decorated with heart shape sprinkles (also available without if preferred), and placed in a red tin with holiday themed ribbon. You can include a special love note to the one you love!

These hand-made baked treats are made to order and cost only $24.99!

Please have your order placed by February 9th to ensure delivery by Valentine’s Day! Free ground shipping on all domestic orders!

Ravage 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

The Ravage 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (California, SRP: $12.99) is a dark and robust red wine with rich and audacious flavors of dark berries layered with luscious vanilla and mocha, that pair beautifully with an intimate steak dinner for two and a piece of decadent chocolate cake. Available nationwide with exceptional structure and depth for the price, Ravage is the prince charming for the perfect Valentine’s Day sure to live up to the label’s suggestion.

SAVED Red Blend 2014

Created by celebrity tattoo artist — and hopeless romantic — Scott Campbell, the SAVED Red Blend 2014 (SRP $25; available nationwide) label is a coded, graphic love note to his wife, director and actress Lake Bell. Set in lustrous copper on an inky black bottle, SAVED is a bold, unusual blend of Malbec and Syrah, with trace amounts of Petit Verdot and Souzão. If you are expecting another pink, sparkle-wrapped recommendation, SAVED Red presents a Valentine’s Day unlike any other before.

Riedel Veritas Champagne Wine Glass

Perfectly paired with an exquisite bottle of Champagne, Riedel’s Veritas Champagne Wine Glass was designed with some of the top Champagne producers to create a glass specifically to enhance the aromas, flavors and effervescence of the Champagne which will make a bottle even more memorable. SRP $69 for a set of 2

Martini & Rossi Sparkling Rosé

Neither stuffy nor sweet, the newly refined extra-dry Martini & Rossi Sparkling Rosé from the classic Italian producer is romance in a bottle — delicate flowers in its aromas, bright and bubbly, and well balanced on the palate (the ying to your yang).

It’s enjoyable on its own or to pair with V-Day appropriate entrees and desserts like Italian Arabbiata pasta or chocolate covered strawberries. Available in a classic, yet chic bottle or a shareable pack of 4 mini bottles for a group of friends, Martini & Rossi Sparkling Rose is available at local retailers for $14.99 for the traditional 750 mL bottle and $14.99, for the 4 pack of 187mL bottles.

McBride Sisters Sparkling Brut Rosé

The only sparkling rosé from New Zealand available in the US, this sophisticated, crisp wine is made from 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay. Food-friendly, with cranberry, peach, strawberry, and raspberry notes taking center stage, this sparkling rosé is the perfect cork to pop this Valentine’s day no matter who or what you’re celebrating.

Legasea

Legasea’s large dining room has the charm of a brasserie, along with the buzz that is expected from a TAO Group venue. Steps away from Times Square, the fun-casual dining experience is a great choice after a romantic evening experiencing a Broadway show or seeing a concert at Madison Square Garden.

Helmed by Chef Jason Hall (formerly of Craft and Gotham Bar & Grill) and TAO Group Partner/Chef Ralph Scamardella, the restaurant has transformed classic seafood favorites, like the Lobster Bake, into unique and shareable dishes, perfectly designed for you and your date.

Check out a few of their specialized V-day treats:

APPETIZERS:

Iced Stone Crab Claws, $28/ea

dijonaise, Bloody Mary cocktail sauce

Tardivo Endive Salad, $16

pomegranate, fennel, feta cheese

ENTRÉES:

Steamed Black Sea Bass, $34

artichokes and black trumpet mushrooms

DESSERT:

Pain Perdue French Toast, $10

Pineapple Hash, Coconut Lime Sorbet

Buttermilk Panna Cotta, $10

Blood Orange Granita, Lemon Meringue

Black Forest Tartufo, $10

Dark Chocolate Mousse, Cherry Compote

Avra Madison

Upper East Side elegance is the best way to describe Greek restaurant, Avra Madison. The gentle lighting, crisp white tablecloths, picturesque setting and exquisite service create the perfect atmosphere for any date night. You can choose to be seated outside under the New York City lights or below our hand-blown seeded glass chandelier with intimate two seaters available near the bar.

This high-end Greek venue offers a selection of 30 different fish flown in daily from around the world, surrounded by 8’ lemon trees at the entrance are reminiscent of the Greek countryside. To continue your night, just steps away from Central Park, impress your significant other with a romantic evening stroll.

Dream South Beach

If you and your Valentine are over the winter cold here in NYC, Dream South Beach boasts a lust-worthy location, situated directly behind the former Versace Mansion and just steps away from pristine beaches and premier nightlife.

Formerly the Tudor Hotel and Palmer House, the Art Deco-inspired hotel offers 107 contemporary guestrooms — including a 2,000-square-foot duplex GuestHouse Presidential Suite outfitted with a private roof deck, bar and outdoor shower. Dream South Beach also features a 600-square-foot Shala Spa with two treatment rooms and a signature collection of Ayurvedic influenced treatments, and two highly acclaimed dining and nightlife venues: Naked Taco, a cheeky restaurant serving inventive Mexican fare; and HIGHBAR, a playful 1970’s-themed rooftop lounge fitted with an infinity pool and jaw-dropping Atlantic Ocean views.

The Mark Hotel

The Mark will debut their Aphrodisiac Package for their bon vivant guests to indulge in, exclusively for Valentine’s Day 2018.

The cheeky package will include: a selection of tempting Aphrodisiac Delicacies prepared by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, two revitalizing Aphrodisiac Cocktails, an Agent Provocateur thong by The Mark, a silk Eye-Mask and a no-nonsense Sexual Satisfaction Grading Card.

NSFW at Arlo Hotels

Looking to turn up the heat this Valentine’s Day? Wait until you’re home from a long day at the office to book Arlo Hotels’ NSFW package, offering daring couples an over-the-top romantic experience. Guests are welcomed with roses on the bed, alongside a curated selection of sex accessories and games. For any time spent outside of the room, couples will receive tickets to New York’s Museum of Sex, as well as a class at Body & Pole, perhaps taking some tips and tricks back with them.

Ruinart Dom Ruinart Rosé 2004

This is going to be a bubbly experience you won’t forget with this special bottle of champagne! This particular bottle has exceptional aging — one of the longest in the category. Intense, delicate and aromatic, the register is marked by red fruit and completed by fully ripe citrus (blood oranges and mandarins).

This Bar Saves lives

In an effort of spreading love, it’s important to remember those that are less fortunate. Co-founders Kristen Bell, Ryan Devlin, Todd Grinnell, and Ravi Patel started the company in 2013 when the founders traveled to Africa on a humanitarian trip and met children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, a heartbreaking condition that’s 100% treatable and preventable. Available in retail stores nationwide, including Target, Starbucks, Whole Foods and Amazon.com, This Bar Saves lives has donated millions of food packets, helping to save the lives of thousands of children around the world.

Views & Veuve at The Box House Hotel Rooftop

Located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, The Box House Hotel is inviting couples to experience the ultimate Valentine’s Day with a romantic date atop their glass-enclosed rooftop.

Guests that book Views & Veuve will have complete privacy on the 10,000 sq ft rooftop terrace with front-row seating of unobstructed views of the entire Manhattan skyline. Enveloped by a 360-view of the city’s twinkling night lights, couples can admire the Empire State Building while indulging in a chilled bottle of Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label and a 5-course dinner, with a menu prepared to-taste by a private chef. After bubbles and the breathtaking cityscape, guests will enjoy accommodations in the property’s Penthouse with private balconies and a delicious, dessert turn-down service. Rates start at $5,000 per couple.

Sail Away With Your Honey With Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

Cruise down the Hudson River this Valentine’s Day with your loved one with Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises’ “Harbor Lights With Your Honey Cruise.” Enjoy the beautiful NYC skyline as well as a fireworks display where you can toast with a complimentary glass of champagne and chocolate as the fireworks sparkle between you and your date. A full cash bar and snacks on board make your valentine feel like they were struck by cupid’s arrow. 7:00PM boarding, 7:30–9:30PM sailing. $99 for two people.

Rose Gold Flower Stud Earrings

LJ CROSS is currently sold at the flagship boutique in NYC, select Saks Fifth Avenue locations, fine jewelers across the country and online at www.ljcrossny.com. Rose gold and champagne diamond flowers studs. Sweet and dainty with a hint of sparkle make for the perfect Valentine’s Day.

Dream Downtown & Dream Midtown: Suiteheart Package

Dream Downtown and Dream Midtown hotels in NYC will be offering a “Suiteheart” package, available as a complimentary add on to all bookings made throughout the month of February.

Designed with romance in mind, the package includes a bottle of Prosecco and a selection of chocolate covered strawberries, as well as an exclusive limited-edition print from world-renowned artist and muralist James Goldcrown. Goldcrown’s work will also be on display in the rotating art gallery at Dream Downtown throughout the month of February.

Opal Halo Diamond Pendant

The enchanting beauty of an opal cabochon is perfectly complemented with warm rose gold and shimmering diamonds in this alluring halo pendant.

Ball Stud Earrings

Polished spheres of gleaming silver provide lightweight everyday comfort. Perfect for any occasion, these lustrous ball stud earrings are an essential piece for any jewelry wardrobe.

Moët & Chandon Impérial Rosé

Moët & Chandon Impérial Rosé is made of 50% Pinot Noir, with Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, of which 20%-30% are specially selected reserve wines to enhance its intensity, richness and constancy. With a rich burst of exotic fruits and roundness of stone fruits, this captivating wine is great to gift this Valentine’s Day or to enjoy with loved ones.

2006 La Grande Dame Rosé

Veuve Clicquot is celebrating their 200th anniversary of the world’s first blended rosé this year!

Widowed at age 27, Barbe Nicole Ponsardin (later called Madame Clicquot) took over her late husband’s champagne business and became known as, “La Grande Dame de la Champagne.” She is credited with transforming Veuve Clicquot into one of the world’s greatest Champagne Houses through her audacious spirit and innovative vision. This year, Veuve Clicquot celebrates the 200th anniversary of one of her greatest innovations — the first blended Rosé Champagne.

Still created through Madame Clicquot’s assemblage blending process, more than two centuries later, Veuve Clicquot Rosé remains one of the brand’s most vibrant offerings. Whether toasting with a loved one or hosting a gathering of friends, no matter what your Valentine’s celebrations may be, Veuve Clicquot has a Rosé Champagne to fit your every need.

HandCraft Kitchen & Cocktails

Industry chic meets rustic warmth at the popular Murray Hill craft bar/restaurant HandCraft Kitchen & Cocktails (367 Third Avenue, NYC, 212.689.3000, www.handcraftnyc.com). Couples can get romantic at the candle-lit tables while enjoying a $60 prix fixe (plus tax and gratuity) dinner that includes a shared appetizer, a shared dessert, and two entrees of their choice.

Dinner dishes include the Seared Duck Breast (brown rice, quinoa, Brussels sprouts, peas, cauliflower, sage, apple gastrique), HandCraft Hanger Steak (horseradish-cauliflower mash, bacon braised collards, creole chimichurri), Seared Salmon (oyster mushrooms, bell peppers, snow peas, ginger soy glaze, wasabi mash, roasted seaweed, chili oil) and Chicken Paillard (grilled breast, arugula, Asian pear, tomato, fennel, herbs, pistachios, balsamic reduction, white balsamic vinaigrette). Of course, no visit to HandCraft would be complete without one (or two!) of their cocktails.

To heat things up on Valentine’s Day, we recommend the Harvest Moon (mezcal, ancho reyes, blood orange cayenne pepper, jalapeno, egg white and lime), Third Times A Charm (grapefruit vodka, tequila, amaro, lime and jalapeno), and the Spiced Wine (red wine, cognac, pineapple, apples, all spice, cloves).

Doris Dorothea’s Box Bag

This Doris Dorothea’s Box Bag is a downsized must-have. We love the use of gold-tone hardware for a statement shine against the luxe python skin. This one’s perfect when you’re looking to evening event lightly with just a few essentials.

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Tony Bowles is one of the youngest sought out journalists in the media world. He focuses on lifestyle, travel, entertainment, food and more! Based out of NYC.

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