Who says New York is cold and heartless? Every February 14, at least, we stop staring at our smartphones for a few hours and instead look adoringly into each others eyes. Here are some of our favorite places to share those looks of love.
Our vote for the perfect new generation romantic restaurant, it has the low lighting and cozy ambiance to inspire a bit of snogging–but is as hip as its Nolita address would suggest. In fact, Jo’s has been leading up to the 14th with their 13 Days of Love promotion, so those wanting to beat the crowds can come in to win special prizes on the 11th, 12th and 13th. On V Day, take her shopping for all manner of pretty little things in the neighborhood, then tuck into Jo’s special Southeast Asian menu, which includes a glass of the bubbly.
Still the sexiest restaurant in NYC, locals can rekindle their romance with its unshakeable glamour–and visitors can come by to discover the legend. Since Valentine’s Day is the last day of Fashion Week, impress your love with what is sure to be a few A-list celeb sightings. And while the prix fixe menu plays to the current surf-and-turf trend, there’s also an option for starry-eyed vegetarians.
London’s hippest digital gallery is dazzling Times Square with an artful take on romance. Tracey Emin’s series of artworks "I Promise To Love You" will be shown every night in February from 11:57 pm to midnight. Pledge your eternal love amidst the blind of the neon.
The quartet of NYC W Hotels (Lexington, Times Square, Union Square, and Downtown) are offering both "Taken" and "Available" packages. For those already hitched, the former includes in-room dining, champagne, a lovestruck music playlist, and a total do-not-disturb policy, including late checkout. Our faves are Union Square, for Todd English’s recently revivified Olives restaurant, and Downtown, for its 5th floor Living Room bar and lounge, with those spectacular, romance-inspiring views.
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