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The Best Valentine’s Day Date Ideas in 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 date ideas in NYC.


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Valentine's Day Date Ideas in NYC #1: Dine in an Igloo

Indoor dining is off limits, and it is COLD outside! But not to worry, 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. We're happy to say that the staff of this restaurant really outdid themselves this season!


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Route 66 Smokehouse has lined the small street in front of the restaurant with giant igloos, and has decorated with lights, which has created the most magical atmosphere. For Valentine's day they have created "love bubbles" which are decorated with flowers and pink lights! 

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Route 66 Smokehouse creates themed igloos for each holiday.

Not only that, but they offer blue tooth speakers, hot chocolate cocktails, and board games to play. With delicious food, affordable prices, and excellent service, Route 66 Smokehouse is the perfect place 


Valentine's Day Date Ideas in NYC #2: Fly Around the City

Think you've seen the best views of the New York? 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, New Jersey and NYC, and vary from 15-30 minute packages.


Our personal favorite is the 30-minute flight from Linden, New Jersey, where you can admire the city from all different angles. The helicopter flies right over Central Park, and all the way to the Freedom tower! Book at sunset for one of the most romantic Valentine's Day date ideas in NYC.

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Helicopter rides around NYC are the ultimate romantic date.

Valentine's Day Date Ideas in NYC #3: Cruise Around the City

Not only can you enjoy the city above, but another great way is by water. 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 that can fit any budget- from an hour sightseeing tour to a private dinner cruise.

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One of our favorite Valentine's Day date ideas in NYC is to sail around enjoying the skyline.

Valentine's Day Date Ideas in NYC #4: Live on the Edge

If you haven't been to the Edge yet, this is the perfect opportunity to check it out! Located right in Midtown is the highest outdoor Skydeck in the Western Hemispheres. Hosting some of the most romantic views of New York, you can see the entire city from almost 360 degrees.


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Grab a glass of champagne at the bar and admire the beauty of New York City. What could be more romantic this Valentine's Day in NYC? Make sure you book quick though, because reservations are required and they sell out pretty quickly!

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Valentine's Day Date Ideas in NYC #5: 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 sure be a Valentine's Day in NYC that you'll definitely never forget.


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Valentine's Day Date Ideas in NYC #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 add some color to your day. This is definitely a great way to have a laugh with your loved one this Valentine's Day in NYC.

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Valentine's Day Date Ideas in NYC #7: Dinner & A Movie

What could be more romantic than dinner and a movie? Doing it with an epic view inside of an igloo of course! This COVID-friendly dining option will keep you super cozy and entertained this winter. Head over to 230 Fifth Rooftop this February 14th for truly unique date ideas for Valentine's Day in NYC.


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

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Valentine's Day Date Ideas in NYC #8: Take a Cooking Class Together

New York is full of awesome cooking classes including everything from macaroon making to sushi-making, pasta making, and pizza making. Head over to Groupon for all the possibilities throughout the city! Each one of the cooking classes have brand new COVID-friendly procedures, so you can also stay safe. 


Not wanting to go in person? Don't worry because there are also plenty of virtual classes for a discounted rate that you can do at home with your loved one. As well 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.

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You can take variety of cooking classes from Italian to Japanese.

Valentine's Day Date Ideas in NYC #9: Learn the Art of Mixology

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


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Valentine's Day Date Ideas in NYC #10: Have a Romantic Photoshoot

One of the things some of us have missed the most during this pandemic has been getting all dolled up! This Valentine's Day in NYC why not get on your best attire 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.


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 some drinks or other treats for an extra fun photoshoot experience!

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There are so many romantic places to take couple photos.


In 2024 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 Valentine's Day date ideas in NYC, and make it a date you'll never forget!

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