New York City Lovers: a Last-Minute Guide to Valentine’s Day

This is for all the procrastinators that did not think ahead of Valentine’s day. Take these New York Valentine Tips to heart and you’re golden.

Romantic Activities

With these supercute things to do (there’s some native inspiration in it as well) you can’t go wrong…

  • Rent a CitiBike // Roam around the city to the most romantic places with your bae.
  • Lock your love // Literally the cheesiest thing in the whole wide world, but hey, suit yourself. Go on, buy a lock, write your names on it and stick it to popular landmarks which can not even be seen anymore because of the quantity of metal around it. In New York, people seem to use the gate below Brooklyn Bridge, so go over there and pollute some*.

*Please keep in mind, it is also very enviromantical (see what I did there?) to grab your lover and take him or her to No Love Locks, and sign their petition.

The New York Baby - Love Locks
It does look a little cute though…
  • Go to Governor’s Island // If good weather, cross the water and spend a lazy day on Governor’s Island. Have a picnic, and all’s good.
  • Take the AirTrain // Feel like your floating on air in a above-the-ground (huh?) metrocart and see some City sights you’ve never experienced before.
  • Play Mini Golf // Head over to Hudson River Park and go to Pier 25 and slay that game.
  • Rent a Row Boat // Paddle away the day on the Central Park Lake.
  • Go to Coney Island // Stroll the boulevard, build a sandcastle and eat a hotdog at Nathans’.

The New York Baby - Nathans Famous


  • Whispering Gallery @ Grand Central Station // Whisper sweet nothing into your lovers ear (or well, actually into a marble corner, but who the hell cares, it’s cute AF). Be careful though, because you don’t want to become graphic to grandpa on accident.
  • Ice Skate @ Rockefeller Center // Hold your lovers hand and get flat faced on the floor together at the world’s most famous ice skating rink.
  • Take the Staten Island Ferry // Gaze into the waves of the Hudson, whilst waving a tad at Lady Liberty.
  • Dinner and a movie // Can not go wrong with this classic. But you COULD make the concept even better than it already is. Go to Nitehawk (Williamsburg, Brooklyn) and experience great indie movies along with some drinks, a full blown menu and even a waiting staff. Bye popcorn and coke, hello crispy fish tacos! All in a romantic 60s setting.

The New York Baby - The Nitehawk Cinema


  • Eat oysters @ Grand Central // Slurp some aphrodisiacs in the incredibly romantic ambiance of Grand Central in the Grand Central Oyster Bar.
  • See a French Film @ Paris Theatre // Go all out and watch a movie together in ‘le langage de l’amour’.
  • Take a Spa Day // Head to Aire Ancient Baths and get relaxed.
  • Go on a Midnight Streetfood Crawl // Plan a starry night food tour with the help of Roaming Hunger and NYC Truck Food. Because there’s nothing like a home made food cart hunt.

The New York Baby - Sigmund's Pretzels


Romantic Restaurants

After all those tiring activities of the day, you and your loved one are probably hungry. Oysters, chocolate, red wine, romantic views and more here:

August // Black Mountain Wine House // Café Moto // River Café // Cherry //

TIP! For a more extended list of romantic foodie getaways in New York, just visit Time Out.

Take a Belfie (Boyfriend Selfie)

Pictures, or it didn’t happen. So take tons of selfies with your BF in the following places, because they are awesome.

In order of appearance: Central Park // Empire State Building //  Little Cupcake Bakeshop (and who are you kidding, grab a cupcake while you’re there) // The Bowery Houston Mural (East Houston St) // Times Square // What Lifts You Mural //

Get hammered (romantically)

Survived the whole charade? Chances are you can’t wait to down a few alcoholic liquids. This is where to do it.

Popping the question?

Taking Valentine’s Day to the next level and planning to put a ring on it? According to Martha Stewart, these are the places to do so. I agree, obviously.

Sources: Stylelist // CN Traveler // Your Tango // Big Appled // Time Out // Refinery29 //


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