Valentine's Day in New York City

Impress that special someone with these romantic ideas for Valentine's Day

Couple in Central Park
••• Couple in Central Park. Connie Wellnitz / Getty Images

Are you going to be celebrating Valentine's Day in New York City? Impress your Valentine with a romantic outing in New York City, whether you're interested in holding hands while ice skating to watching a Broadway show together, we've put together the ultimate guide to help you plan a special day. Of course, these ideas are appropriate for other romantic occasions as well – from special vacations where you’re planning to propose marriage or anniversary getaways to show your sweetheart just how special they are to you.

Ideas for Valentine's Day Drinks

A special drink before or after dinner is always a nice treat. Here are some great places with atmosphere that will be sure to impress your special someone.


  • Romantic New York City Bars – this list is focused on special spots with cozy or sexy settings for romance
  • New York City Cocktail Bars – for the dates that appreciates an expertly poured drink or unique cocktail creation
  • Classic New York City Bars – these are the spots where you can show off your New York City knowledge

Ideas for Valentine's Day Dinner

Valentine’s day is one of the most popular nights to eat out all year long (though Mother’s Day is the most popular,) so you’ll want to be sure to make your reservation well in advance to avoid disappointment. Many restaurants have special menus for Valentine’s Day, so it’s a good idea to find out more about their special offerings if you have something in particular that you’re hoping to enjoy at the restaurant.

  • Romantic Restaurants in New York City – If you want to go for classic romance, one of these picks is sure to please with great food, service and atmosphere befitting a special V-day celebration.
  • New York City's Best Steakhouses – For the carnivorous valentine, these New York City steakhouses are the perfect choice. The bordello inspired décor at The Strip House makes it a particularly good choice for the holiday.

Valentine’s Day Events in NYC

Looking for something special to do on Valentine’s Day beyond dinner and drinks? Here are some of the fun events taking place around New York City for the holiday.

  • Valentine's Day Cruise on World Yacht - You'll have to choose between Sweetheart and Romance Packages (add live music, champagne and a photo) if you book a World Yacht Valentine's Day cruise, but both packages include a four-course sit-down dinner at a private table and a rose for the lucky couple.