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16 Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in New York City

Haven’t figured out what to do yet for Valentitne’s Day? Here are 16 intriguing ideas.

Make a Reservation

Rice & Gold, Dale Talde’s new restaurant in the Hotel 50 Bowery is offering a special Asian Fusion Valentine’s day pairing dinner. Mixing up Asian flavors with sweet treats, wine and specially curated cocktails, the dinner showcases the intriguing food combinations that fans have loved since chef’s first restaurant in Park Slope.   https://www.riceandgoldnyc.com/

Another Asian favorite has created a special off-menu Valentine’s Day evening. Mixian noodles, Little Tong Noodle Shop’s Yunnanese specialty, combine with choices like ghost chicken and beef tartare, all guaranteed to add significant spice to your palate and your evening.  For a sweet balance, the evening will finish with a special dessert and a glass of sake.  Three seatings only on Valentine’s Day.  https://www.littletong.com/

My vote for “bringing sexy back,” Zuma is offering three omakase options for Valentine’s Day, showing off their top-notch sushi and Japanese izakaya dishes. Diners will begin with a glass of Champagne and finish with a romantic surprise dessert.  If you’re one of the couples to book the restaurant’s three private rooms overlooking the main dining room, a private chef will create a very personalized experience with wine and sake pairings. Extend your night in one of the ultra-romantic booths in the lounge and listen to tunes spun by a live DJ.  https://www.zumarestaurant.com/zuma-landing/new-york/en/welcome

Passing through Grand Central Terminal? Agern, the Scandinavian import with noma heritage will give you reason to miss your train with a special red-toned menu for two (think: radishes, beef heart tartare, beets, blank currants and more).  http://agernrestaurant.com/

The iconic New York restaurant Gotham Bar and Grill will pair jazz by the Gabrielle Gorman Quartet with a special dinner on Valentine’s Day. As part of the romantic evening, the restaurant will offer two varieties of their signature house-made bonbons: a Taittinger Rose Bonbon made with Taittinger Champagne and the Chocolate Lovers’ Box, a selection of bonbons and housemade chocolate bars appropriately named “intense, ““passion,” and “wild” for Valentine’s Day. www.gothambarandgrill.com.

A retro favorite for the 21st century, The Empire Diner beckons with a special menu from Executive Chef Justin Nuebeck. The highlight of the Valentine’s Day evening is a 12-layer chocolate Sweetheart Cake complete with icing message (call ahead to have yours personalized). http://www.empire-diner.com/

Dessert also stars at newcomer DaDong with a special five-course menu with the restaurant’s acclaimed Peking duck, geoduck clams, and squid ink soup. Dessert is a chocolate heart dessert branded with “DaDong Loves You.” http://www.dadongny.com/

The Wayfarer, around the corner from Carnegie Hall, hits all the right romantic notes on Valentine’s Day with a special menu that includes foie gras, caviar, lobster, rack of lamb, and truffles.  For a sweet finish, three desserts with red highlights are offered: red velvet cake truffles, passionfruit Pavlova with red berry sorbet, and hazelnut chocolate mousse with strawberry coulis. http://www.thewayfarernyc.com/

Food and More

Nicoletta invites couples to a “Pizza Class for Lovers.” You’ll start with some Prosecco to get the inspiration following, followed by snacks, the class itself and then a pizza dinner with beer and wine. How fun is that!  http://nicolettapizza.com/new_york/

Want a broader selection of shareable cooking experiences for Valentine’s Day? The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) invites you to a Valentine’s Day Dinner Date where you can choose to learn to make an aphrodisiacal meal of grilled oysters, rack of lamb, molten chocolate cake and special swoon-worthy cocktails. https://recreational.ice.edu/Courses/Detail/16078

Perhaps you’re more in the mood for dinner and a “love” movie?  Check out the Nitehawk Cinema for their Love Series during the month of February. You’ll dine and cuddle at the same time. https://nitehawkcinema.com/williamsburg/film-series/love/

And Now for Something Completely Different

Opt to join the frenzy surrounding the second movie installment of the sexiest book series in recent years, “Fifty Shades Freed.” The Gregory Hotel is offering a “Fifty Shades of Gregory” package for Valentine’s evening for a staycation or escape with Champagne, streaming service via Google Chrome to watch the previous Fifty Shades of Grey, a signature Gregory Do Not Disturb tie to take home, Gregory candle by Apotheke to help set the mood, and a passion-inspiring handcuffs bracelet. “Mr. Gregory will see you now.” https://www.thegregoryhotelnewyork.com

The Shakespeare at The William brings Burlesque performer Rosie Cheeks to Manhattan in a dinner-show evening. The evening’s special tasting menu provides equally seductive moves with lobster, lamb, truffles and chocolate on the menu. https://www.theshakespearenyc.com/

Serious culture lovers should quickly book the after-hours Valentine Tours at MOMA, the Museum of Modern Art.  With two scheduled small group tours, you’ll begin your evening exploration of the museum with a candlelit wine reception and hors d’oeuvres or dessert, depending on the time slot selected. Hurry, these will book quickly. The museum will stay open just for you on this special evening. https://www.moma.org/calendar/events/4086

Theatrically, Sweeney Todd www.sweeneytoodnyc.comis where you want to be for Valentine’s Day. Special for the holiday, “Angels Above, Devils Below” cake will be served in the pie shop along with sparkling rose to toast your sweetie.  Don’t’ worry, you can still order a meat pie as well. www.sweeneytoodnyc.com.

Show your love to the world by renewing your vows in Times Square.  On the iconic red steps by the TKTS Booth at 47th Street, the open ceremony invites all lovers to come together on Valentine’s Day at 6pm.  The celebration of love is free to all. www.TimesSqu

Post-Easter Activities in Manhattan: Car Show, Egg Hunt, Gauguin and Broadway

Despite the chilly weather, Easter marks the start of some pretty wonderful New York City events this year.

New York Auto ShowIf you love cars, this is the time to get into gear.  The New York City International Auto Show runs through Sunday April 27.  This year’s show has a number of showstoppers with a wide range of electric cars, the 50th anniversary Mustang cars, and the 25th anniversary Miatas.  The second generation Rolls Royce Ghost is a stunner as are the new Mercedes-Benz C Class and BMW four-door 4 Series, both due to arrive in the US later this year.  You can also take a test drive over an off-road course with Jeep (Camp Jeep Outdoor Off Roading Ride Along), shoot a selfie with Nissan for a chance to win a free car, and enjoy other pop-up contests.  The show is an annual favorite and takes place at the Jacob Javits Center, 11th Avenue between 34th and 40th streets, in Manhattan.  Show hours are 10am-10pm through Saturday and 10am-7pm on Sunday.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.autoshowny.com.

Fabrage EggsIf you missed the Big Faberge Easter Egg hunt that took place over the past couple of weeks throughout New York City, you still have a chance to see all the eggs in one giant nest this week.  Visit Rockefeller Center, with your camera, and you’ll see the 282 eggs that made for a great scavenger hunt high and low in all five boroughs.  If you’d like one for your very own, you can bid on the Great Egg auction at www.paddle8.com, with all proceeds going to charity.  Download The Big Egg Hunt app or go online to www.thebigegghunt.org for more details.  Books of all the eggs are sold at Saks Fifth Avenue’s pop-up egg shop.

Moma ExhibitMOMA’s Gauguin: Metamorphoses exhibit is in full swing, now through June 8.  The artist’s paintings from 1889 through his death in 1903 displays rare prints and transfer drawings related to his better-known paintings.  Exhibit is located on the sixth floor of the museum. Ticket lines can be long, but the exhibit is worth it. 11 West 53rd Street, Manhattan, 212.708.9400. www.moma.org, The Museum of Modern Art.

Plays on Broadway in New YorkAnd, for those of you who want to be “in the know” about the theater scene before the Tony’s (Sunday, June 8 this year at 8pm), there’s a crop of interesting shows worth seeing.  Some of my favorite plays are “Of Mice and Men” starring the prolific actor James Franco with his apt sidekick Lennie, played by Chris O’Dowd of Bridesmaids fame. At the Longacre Theater, 220 West 48th Street. Tickets via Telecharge, or 212.239.6200.

Also, intriguing is The Realistic Jones, an odd but thought-provoking show with Marisa Tomei, Toni Collette, and Tracy Letts. At the Lyceum Theatre, 149 West 45th Street.  Tickets via Telecharge, or 212.239.6200.  If you prefer musicals, “Cabaret” will give you a hearty Willkomen at the Kit Kat Club at Studio 54.  The revival of the revival features one of its previous headliners, Alan Cumming, as Emcee.  Studio 42, 254 West 54th Street. Tickets through Roundabout,  or 212.719.1300. Also designed to envelop you in a musical haze is Audra McDonald’s one-woman depiction of Billie Holidayas Lady Day in her final days at the Emerson’s Bar and Grill.  Circle in the Square Theatre, 235 West 50th Street. Tickets through Telecharge, or 212.239.6200. For all listings, visit www.playbill.com.

Valentine’s Day Dining Choices – Manhattan

Manhattan is teeming with great Valentine’s Day dining options.  My suggestion?  Grab a reservation, pick up some flowers, and consider a great card and small gift as well.  A perfect evening that’s priceless, although not without a price.

For the 14th of February, take a look at 14 of these delicious and varied choices:

Sfoglia — A restaurant that’s a tough reservation to score even on non-holiday evenings, Sfoglia sits across from the 92nd Street Y and offers a “cupid’s arrow” four-course prix fixe celebration for $95.  I love this restaurant on a cold night.  It’s cozy with its white curtains, homey with its convivial vibe, and always pleasing with wonderful cooking from Chef John Carr.  On Valentine’s Day evening they’re only serving couples, no matter whether you’re sitting at a two-top or at the communal table, so you might actually have a better chance at scoring a table.  Both restaurant favorites and specials are on the menu with the likes of Maine uni with brown bread and house-made butter, buckwheat crespelle with celery root cream and caviar, and spaghetti and ruby red shrimp with Meyer lemon.

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NYC Museums and Parties: the Summer Schedule

Mix culture and some cocktails and what do you get? A dreamy night out in New York City. Last summer we introduced you to the food & drink programs that the city’s museums were offering.  This year we kick it up a notch with even more music and dancing. Grab a friend and spice up your week at these museum parties.

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Museums that Invite You to Soak up the Art… with Drinks and Music

Even the city that never sleeps has something for its art lovers  — cocktail parties!  At a number of the city’s top museums — sometimes with free admission — nights become the best time to soak up some culture with gentle prices.   Take advantage of these after-dark events, and live out your own “Night at the Museum” fantasy without breaking the bank.

Morgan Museum

Manuscripts, memoirs, and music highlight the collection at Midtown’s Morgan Museum with refreshments just up the stairs at the delightful Morgan Café (open until 8pm).  Admission is free on Fridays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Through March 2010, explore the life of novelist Jane Austen (1775-1817) at the “A Woman’s Wit” exhibit which showcases Austen’s personal letters, finished and unfinished manuscripts, and drawings.  The exhibit also includes a short documentary featuring interviews about Austen’s legacy.  After exploring her life, get a taste of the 19th century with the Morgan Café’s Americano Cocktail, dating back to 1860.

225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street, Manhattan, (212) 685-0008

Rubin Art Museum

Opened in 2004, the Himalayan culture museum, located in Chelsea, has both beautiful artwork and delicious cocktails.  Friday nights, the café becomes the K2 Lounge, and drinks are served 2-for-1 between 6 and 7pm.  To sweeten the deal, gallery admission is free from 7 – 10 on Friday, for a bit of culture after your cocktails.

150 West 17th Street, Manhattan, (212) 620-5000

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Fridays and Saturdays between 4 and 8:30pm, venture uptown to witness the Met’s transformation into a cocktail lounge.  The Great Hall Balcony Bar on the second floor is the setting for live classical music and drinks.  Try a signature drink like the Apple Martini to enhance this exciting Big Apple experience.  The museum closes at 9 so you’ll still have ½ hour to check out one last art exhibit before you have to leave.

(In the summer, the rooftop is the place to go for top-notch cocktails amid the sculpture exhibits with knockout views of Fifth Avenue and Central Park).

1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street,Manhattan, (212) 535-7710

Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History

SonicVision, a digitally animated alternative music show, has Space Oddity written all over it.  Presented on select Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 and 8:30pm, this musical and visual event features a mix by Moby, with tracks by Radiohead, David Bowie, The Flaming Lips, David Byrne, and more for only $15 ($12 for members).  Like a Pink Floyd Laser Show for Generation Y, SonicVision provides an eye (and ear)-opening experience like no other.  No cocktails are served, however – you’ll have to wait until the show is over to check out some of Columbus Avenue’s nearby watering holes.

Central Park West at 79th Street, Manhattan, (212) 769-5200

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Art After Dark, First Fridays is the Guggenheim Museum’s signature party event the first Friday of every month.  Capacity is limited so members get priority and free admission.  Admission for all others is $25 (cash only) for a full night of music played by some of NYC’s best DJs and a night of wandering among some of the best art in the city.  Doors open at 9pm, and the party swings until 1am!  Cash bar.

Also try the wonderful new Wright restaurant and its bar downstairs, open at least until 11pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

1071 Fifth Avenue at 88th Street, Manhattan, (212) 423 3500

Brooklyn Art Museum

At the Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays, visitors are invited to enjoy free programs of art, entertainment, and dancing the first Saturday of each month from 5 to 11 pm. To add to the party atmosphere, the Museum Café serves sandwiches, salads, and beverages, and a cash bar offers wine and beer. Parking is a flat rate of $4 starting at 5 p.m. All other Saturdays, the museum closes at 6pm.

200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, (718) 638-5000

Modern Museum of Art

MoMA invites visitors to start their weekends early by heading to the museum the first Thursday of each month, better known as “MoMA Nights.” MoMA remains open on these special evenings until 8:45 pm and includes free gallery talks, audio tours, and film screenings with the price of regular admission.  Café 2, the Italian-themed restaurant on the second floor, offers a fabulous three-course prix fixe dinner for only $25 on these evenings, and a cash bar is available in the main atrium where a DJ spins great beats for the evening.

11 West 53rd Street, Manhattan, (212) 708-9400

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