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Valentine’s Day NYC: Best Things to Do

Valentines Day NYC

Stuck on what to do this year for Valentine’s Day? Well despite the pandemic, there are still plenty of fun ways to enjoy the city with your loved one! Here are ten fun ideas for Valentine’s Day in NYC 2021.

1. Dine in an Igloo

Indoor dining is off-limits, and it is COLD outside! But have no fear- there are still some great restaurants that have gone above and beyond to ensure customers can safely dine in their establishments.

Our personal favorite is Route 66 Smokehouse, which is tucked away on Stone Street in the Financial District. We believe in supporting small businesses, and in New York that can be hard to find, and we can say that the owner of this restaurant really outdid himself this season!

Valentines Day NYC
Giant igloos of Route 66 Smokehouse with Danni and Fede

Route 66 Smokehouse lined the tiny street with giant igloos, decorated with lights, and created the most magical atmosphere. For Valentine’s day there decorations are even more spectacular! With tasty food, affordable prices, and great service, Route 66 Smokehouse is the perfect place to take your date this Valentine’s Day in NYC.

2. Fly Around the City

Think you’ve seen the best views of the city? Think again! HeliNY offers helicopter rides getting you up close and personal with the skyline, and really highlights the beauty of the city. Flights depart from both Linden and New York and vary from 15-30 minute packages.

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Fede is watching the beatiful view of NYC from a heli

Our personal favorite is the 30-minute flight from Linden, New Jersey, where you can admire the city from all angles, and the helicopter flies right over Central Park! Book at sunset for a truly romantic Valentine’s Day in NYC.

3. Cruise Around the City

Manhattan cruise

Not a fan of the air? Well, there are plenty of great cruises around Manhattan for you and your loved one to enjoy some of the best views of New York. Head to Groupon for different sailings to fit any budget- from an hour sightseeing tour to a private dinner cruise.

4. Live on the Edge

If you haven’t been to the Edge yet, this is the perfect opportunity to check it out! Right inside Hudson Yards is the highest outdoor Skydeck in the Western Hemispheres. Hosting some of the most romantic views of NYC, you can see the city from almost 360 degrees.

Hudson Yards

Grab a glass of champagne at the bar and marvel at the beauty of New York. What could be more romantic? But make sure you book quickly because reservations are required and sell out pretty quickly!

5. Museum of Sex

Museum of sex

Want to spice up this Valentine’s Day in NYC? Instead of heading to the museum of Natural History or the MET, why not check out a different type of exhibition? This will surely be a Valentine’s Day in NYC that you’ll never forget.

6. The Color Factory

If you’re looking for something a little lighter than the museum of sex, but still want something fun and different, grab some tickets for the Color Factory. Play around in the different interactive exhibits, and have a laugh with your loved one this Valentine’s Day in NYC.

7. Dinner & A Movie

What could be more romantic than dinner and a movie? Doing it with an epic view inside an igloo of course! This COVID-friendly dining option will keep you cozy and entertained. Head over to 230 Fifth Rooftop this Valentine’s day for a truly unique Valentine’s Day in NYC.

Valentines Day NYC

Reservations are available online and sell out fast so grab your spot before they sell out!

8. Take a Cooking Class Together

New York is full of awesome cooking classes like macaroon making, sushi-making, and pizza making. Head over to Groupon for all the possibilities throughout the city! All of the cooking classes have brand new COVID-friendly procedures. 

cooking class

Not wanting to go in person? Don’t worry because there are plenty of virtual classes as well for a discounted rate that you can do at home with your loved one. Also, there are a number of Italian restaurants that will deliver a kit ready to go with the dough, cheese, and sauce for your homemade pizzas.

9. Learn the Art of Mixology

This Valentines Day in NYC you can bring the fun of drinking and learning all in one! Check out Liquid Lab NYC who offers public classes, private classes, and even virtual cocktail-making classes!

10. Have a Romantic Photoshoot

One of the things some of us have missed the most during this pandemic has been getting dressed up! This Valentines Day in NYC why not get dolled up and have it captured by a professional? The city has so many beautiful spots for you and your loved one to get the best photos.

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Romantic photoshoot of Danni and Fede

Photoshoots may sound like they are just for engagements or pregnancies, but with Airbnb experiences, you can now find affordable prices all over New York! There are even photographers who will throw in drinks or other treats for an extra fun photoshoot experience!

In 2021 this Valentine’s Day in NYC doesn’t have to be another night in your pajamas watching Netflix. Get creative with one of our unique ideas, and make it a date you’ll never forget!

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Cheers to love and travel, and happy Valentine’s Day to you all! 

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Written by Danni and Fede

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