Guide to Valentine’s Day in NYC

nycgo.com staff

Still searching for Valentine’s Day plans? We’ve got you covered with many options including concerts, romantic spas and, of course, plenty of dining suggestions. Read on for more ideas.

Classic NYC Romance

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Classic NYC Restaurants

Indulge

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Dine-In Movie Theaters

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NYC’s Fanciest Desserts

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NYC Haute Cuisine

Unwind

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NYC's Best Spa Treatments

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Chinatown Dining

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Chinatown Dining

Eat your way through Manhattan’s Chinatown at these restaurants.

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The Ultimate Guide to NYC Pizza

Nightlife
Free Bar Food

Skip the Chocolate and Flowers

Best Madison Avenue Boutiques

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Best Madison Avenue Boutiques

With stores like Ralph Lauren, Barneys and Tom Ford, Madison Avenue is a prime shopping destination in NYC.

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Wooster Street Shopping

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Wooster Street Shopping

This Soho street is full of swank, independent boutiques.

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Essential Soho Shops

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Essential Soho Shops

Here’s our guide to the best shops to visit right now in Soho.

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OK, Chocolate and Flowers

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Slice of Brooklyn Chocolate Tour

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Starbright Floral Design

Starbright is an anchor of the flower district, but it’s less of a florist’s shop than a full-blown garden emporium, selling shrubs, outdoor plants from fruit trees to bamboo, indoor tropical plants and, of course, flowers.

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Jacques Torres Chocolate—DUMBO

Formerly an award-winning pastry chef at renowned NYC restaurant Le Cirque, the self-proclaimed “Mr. Chocolate” has whipped up a sweet paradise for cocoa bean lovers at his eponymous shops.

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Things to Do

May
21

Museums & Galleries
Apollo 11: First Steps Edition

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May
21

Museums & Galleries
Apollo 11

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May
21

Museums & Galleries
Intrepid Museum Celebrates Apollo

summer long celebration of Apollo 11

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May
21

LGBTQ
Poet of the Body: New York's Walt Whitman

"Poet of the Body: New York's Whitman" is a free exhibit at The Grolier Club that celebrates the 200th birthday of the luminary poet Walt Whitman. The exhibit has multiple editions of his famous tome "Leaves of Grass" along with personal items of Whitman's, like the author's pen. Visitors can also take a virtual walk in Whitman's shoes via an interactive 3D stroll down Broadway in the mid-1800s.

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May
21

Museums & Galleries
Audubon Mural Project

Murals in Harlem honoring John James Audubon shine a light on endangered birds.

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May
29

LGBTQ
Pride For All Launch Party at Bloomingdale's

Bloomingdale’s kicks off its Pride For All celebration with a party for their popup store carrying an array of designer items in all colors of the rainbow. Out magazine editor Phillip Picardi will host this event inspired by NYC's famed LGBTQ+ nightlife scene. This special in-store party at the flagship store on 59th Street will feature dance classics and popsicle cocktails. The popup store will be open through the end of June, with additional events happening throughout Pride month.

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May
31

LGBTQ
Queer History Walks

Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and dive into queer history with The Whitney Museum of American Art’s free walking tour of the Meatpacking District. This look into the neighborhood's LGBTQ+ past takes place on every Friday in June and then select Fridays throughout the summer.

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Jun
1

LGBTQ
Leslie-Lohman Block Party

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art with a block party kicking off Pride month. Enjoy special exhibits at the museum like “Art After Stonewall, 1969-1989” and “Being Seen Makes a Movement Possible” alongside music, art-making, food and live performances.

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Jun
1

LGBTQ
Pride 2019 at House of Yes

The House of Yes in Brooklyn presents a month of Pride-related events for the LGBTQ+ community.

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Jun
1

LGBTQ
Walt Whitman and New York Symposium

Head to The Grolier Club to celebrate the 200th birthday of Walt Whitman with this free symposium of lectures and presentations on the luminary poet. This day-long event is the culmination of International Whitman Week, with various events happening across New York from from May 27 through June 1; their website has all the details. http://waltwhitmaninitiative.org/international-whitman-week-2019/ Also, while there, you can visit the museum’s special Whitman exhibit “Poet of the Body,” running through July 27.

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Jun
2

LGBTQ
LasReinas Official Queens Pride LGBTQ+ Afterparty

After the festivities of Queens Pride, checkout the official afterparty—the “#1 Rated Woman’s Party”—at the Kabu Lounge in Jackson Heights from 4pm-2am. Expect performances and music by many of NYCs talented female DJs, singers and dancers.

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Jun
2

LGBTQ
New York’s 16th Annual “Song of Myself” Marathon: StoneWalt Edition

Celebrate Pride, Stonewall and the 200th birthday of poet Walt Whitman at this free “yawping” of the canonical “Song of Myself” at Granite Prospect in Brooklyn Bridge Park from 4–6:30pm.

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Anti-Valentine's Day

May
21

Museums & Galleries
Apollo 11: First Steps Edition

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May
21

Museums & Galleries
Apollo 11

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May
21

Museums & Galleries
Intrepid Museum Celebrates Apollo

summer long celebration of Apollo 11

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May
21

LGBTQ
Poet of the Body: New York's Walt Whitman

"Poet of the Body: New York's Whitman" is a free exhibit at The Grolier Club that celebrates the 200th birthday of the luminary poet Walt Whitman. The exhibit has multiple editions of his famous tome "Leaves of Grass" along with personal items of Whitman's, like the author's pen. Visitors can also take a virtual walk in Whitman's shoes via an interactive 3D stroll down Broadway in the mid-1800s.

More Info
May
21

Museums & Galleries
Audubon Mural Project

Murals in Harlem honoring John James Audubon shine a light on endangered birds.

More Info
May
29

LGBTQ
Pride For All Launch Party at Bloomingdale's

Bloomingdale’s kicks off its Pride For All celebration with a party for their popup store carrying an array of designer items in all colors of the rainbow. Out magazine editor Phillip Picardi will host this event inspired by NYC's famed LGBTQ+ nightlife scene. This special in-store party at the flagship store on 59th Street will feature dance classics and popsicle cocktails. The popup store will be open through the end of June, with additional events happening throughout Pride month.

More Info
May
31

LGBTQ
Queer History Walks

Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and dive into queer history with The Whitney Museum of American Art’s free walking tour of the Meatpacking District. This look into the neighborhood's LGBTQ+ past takes place on every Friday in June and then select Fridays throughout the summer.

More Info
Jun
1

LGBTQ
Leslie-Lohman Block Party

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art with a block party kicking off Pride month. Enjoy special exhibits at the museum like “Art After Stonewall, 1969-1989” and “Being Seen Makes a Movement Possible” alongside music, art-making, food and live performances.

More Info
Jun
1

LGBTQ
Pride 2019 at House of Yes

The House of Yes in Brooklyn presents a month of Pride-related events for the LGBTQ+ community.

More Info
Jun
1

LGBTQ
Walt Whitman and New York Symposium

Head to The Grolier Club to celebrate the 200th birthday of Walt Whitman with this free symposium of lectures and presentations on the luminary poet. This day-long event is the culmination of International Whitman Week, with various events happening across New York from from May 27 through June 1; their website has all the details. http://waltwhitmaninitiative.org/international-whitman-week-2019/ Also, while there, you can visit the museum’s special Whitman exhibit “Poet of the Body,” running through July 27.

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Jun
2

LGBTQ
LasReinas Official Queens Pride LGBTQ+ Afterparty

After the festivities of Queens Pride, checkout the official afterparty—the “#1 Rated Woman’s Party”—at the Kabu Lounge in Jackson Heights from 4pm-2am. Expect performances and music by many of NYCs talented female DJs, singers and dancers.

More Info
Jun
2

LGBTQ
New York’s 16th Annual “Song of Myself” Marathon: StoneWalt Edition

Celebrate Pride, Stonewall and the 200th birthday of poet Walt Whitman at this free “yawping” of the canonical “Song of Myself” at Granite Prospect in Brooklyn Bridge Park from 4–6:30pm.

More Info

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