Making plans for the most romantic day of the year can be daunting in any city, but in New York the possibilities are endless. With world-class dining, entertainment and sightseeing at your doorstep, it’s easy to get lost when arranging the details. So we’ve collected a list of some of our favorite romantic spots downtown to help you keep your celebration close to home base at The Wagner. Whether you’re hitting the town with a partner or simply romancing yourself, these suggestions are sure to help you craft the perfect downtown Valentine’s Day.
Where to Drink
Want to start the evening off with a glass of champagne? Toast to love at Lelabar in the West Village. This candlelit and intimate wine bar offers an impressive wine list (over 350 different varieties) and a pleasing small plates menu including oysters, imported cheeses and cured meats. Or, if you and your sweetheart prefer to kick things off with a cocktail, head to Apotheke in Chinatown whose nostalgic 19th-century decor will add an air of playful romance to the evening. Lean into its speakeasy vibes by ordering a specialty drink off of their “prescription list” with categories like “Euphoric Enhancers,” “Stimulants,” or “Aphrodiasics.” Finally, there’s Primo’s in Tribeca, a 50’s inspired bar that is as sexy as it is colorful. Order a pair of their famous dirty martinis and a shrimp cocktail and you’ll fit right in.
Where to Eat
It’s hard to go wrong when it comes to romantic dining in New York. For a classically amorous evening complete with white tablecloths, fresh seafood, and candlelight, book a table at One if By Land, Two if By Sea. Voted the fifth most romantic restaurant in the world by Architectural Digest, don’t be surprised if you and your dining partner have front row seats to a proposal or two. To put a modern spin on your romantic feast, try Ardyn, a small hideaway tucked behind a cocktail bar of the same name. While the chef usually showcases seasonal produce at this cozy eatery, their Valentine’s Day special promises a romantic five-course menu for just $85, including beau soleil oyster with caviar and beet bubbles, tuna tartare, lobster ravioli and chocolate mousse.
Where to Play
Though a great meal and celebratory drink or two may be enough to satisfy most Valentine’s Day itineraries, some prefer to throw an activity into the mix. To get creative, Harry Potter fans can take a potions class at The Cauldron, a magical gastropub and immersive potions experience just a nine-minute walk from The Wagner. For a more physical experience, women and trans/non-binary individuals can enroll in a self-pleasure workshop entitled Love Thyself at 3F Studios in Flatiron. Or, to get physical with your partner, spend the night salsa dancing at Ailey’s Extension Valentine’s Day Salsa Class. But Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to end there. Continue celebrating throughout the weekend with our New York hotel deals, which include the hottest tickets in town.