Top 5 Ways To Enjoy Your Valentine’s Day In NYC

This may have been my most awaited post ever. I have answered your wishes, here is your top 5 ways to enjoy your Valentine’s Day and it’s also your Valentine’s weekend bible. I’ve done all the work for you, romantic prix fixe dinner menus, fun outings for you and your boo and the best hotels for a night recap *wink wink*. Yes, All Star Weekend (and Fashion Week) is the same weekend and will probably outshine this special day but this list is catering to the lover in you.

If you would like me to plan your Valentine’s Day, need more options or want me to create your itinerary, contact me at simplypamarie@gmail.com! Okay, I will spare you with any more talk, just read below!

1. Restaurants

Manhattan

Spice Market is a Southeast Asian exquisite dining experience offering a special dining menu for $95 per person Here

Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar is your go to place for romance and intimacy. They are offering a 3 course dinner menu at both locations for $68 per person Midtown Here and West Village Here. Date night packages on Groupon (not valid 2/14) Here

STK Midtown/Downtown Steakhouse offers steak specials for two and a DJ on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Further details on opentable.com

Buddakhan specializes in Modern Asian Cuisine and is a great option. They don’t have a specialized menu but I dined with them last year for Valentine’s day and had a wonderful experience. They are pricey and the portion size is small but the ambiance and the taste of the food is wonderful.

Serendipty 3 is a great dessert option. It is also romantic and playful. They aren’t offering a specialized menu but it’s still a great choice for dessert.

Clyde Frazier Wine and Dine is a sports themed restaurant and bar. Shoot hoops and have dinner with your boo. Pretend that you’re just as excited about All Star weekend as he is. (Email me for their special Valentine’s Day menu.)

Queens/Long Island

Blend on the Water‘s authentic Latin Fusion cuisine is your option if you want a little sas in your food and a view of the city. They’re offering a $140 per couple, 3 course menu plus a glass of Moscato for each.

Simply Fondue is very similar to Melting Pot. Think cabanas, chocolate fondue, intimacy and romance. They are offering a 4 course meal with wine/champagne for $65 per person and $85 which includes lobster.

Penthouse 808 is a rooftop Asian Pacific Bistro. They are offering a 3 course Prix Fixe Dinner Here

Brooklyn

Milk River combines Caribbean and Asian cuisine deliciously. They are offering a specialized menu that has not been released yet. Please check back for updates.

Bronx/New Rochelle/White Plains

Don Coqui specializes in Puerto Rican cuisine and has a beautiful ambiance. Eat and party the night away!

More of my favorite Valentine’s Day picks are HERE. For details on more restaurant options visit my Food page. For a list of all participating restaurants with Valentine’s Day specials visit opentable.com

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2. Couple’s Classes 

Paint Nite for two is a great idea. Put on your Picasso hat and book one of these 16 choices of paint nites all over NYC for $65 each Here (Use the code: creativenite for 40% off)

Butter Lane Bakery offers a cupcake making class for two Here Contact classes@butterlane.com for questions.

Cooking with Chef Jeff is a unique cooking experience where you’ll learn how to create 3 of his specialty dishes for $90 Here

Wine Tasting Tours includes 5 tastings, live music and a discount on wines (transportation included) for $79 for one and $149 for two Here

Couples Massages with a Jacuzzi and Champagne for two at Cynergy Spa, Tribeca Spa of Tranquility  and Body By Brooklyn

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3. Sightseeing Activities and Museums

Museum of Sex has spiced up their exhibits and offers an aphrodisiac cocktail “treatment.” Tickets prices are $17.50 on February 12 and 13, $20.00 on February 14th. More information Here

Tropical Paradise at the New York Botanical Gardens is a conservatory that brings the islands to NYC. Valentine’s Day is sold out but it’s still a beautiful exhibit to experience.

Celsius at Bryant Park offers VIP Ice Skating for two with optional three course dinner Here (Groupon deal not redeemable on 2/14 but other days are available and you can still go ice skating and dine)

Visit the top of the Empire State Building. If you’ve never been, this would be a fun date. Tickets Here

For more couples activities visit my Holiday List and Dates.

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4. Hotels

Andaz Hotels offer a Champagne and Chocolate Delight package that includes breakfast for two HERE

W Hotels offer a “In Love or Just Lust” package that wakes up al your senses with a special surprise in the room Here

The London offers The Modern Romance Package which includes a couples massage in your suite, martini’s and canapés Here

Dream Hotels offer a Romance Package of a bottle of Chandon Brut with chocolate-covered strawberries and a continental breakfast for two Here

Conrad Hotel offers a Romance Retreat package of a floral arrangement, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a continental breakfast for two Here

Gansevoort Hotels offer the Get Intimate package of bottle of champagne and strawberries, a continental breakfast for two and couples monogrammed pillowcases Here

*Please note that due to the holiday, All Star Weekend and Fashion Week, MANY hotels are already booked this weekend. If your Valentine’s plans are flexible, you may have to choose another day for these hotels but they are great options nonetheless.

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5. Events and Shows

Valentine’s Day Weddings 2015 at the Empire State Building. Get married at the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day Here

Burlesque Show with a 3 course Prix Fixe dinner for $95 at 9pm and $125 at 9:30 per person at Duane Park Here

The Slipper Room offers 3 burlesque shows on 2/14. Tickets range from $10 to $20 at the door Here

P. Diddy and Snoop Dog Concert Feb 12, Tickets Here

Valentine’s at Hotel Chantelle includes unlimited Rose Champagne for 2 from Feb 11-14 Here This fun French restaurant and lounge is great for an intimate Valentine’s day. They also have a Burlesque show every Friday.

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Dine Out for Metropolitan’s Restaurant Week!

“Wine and Dine like it’s your job!” That’s the catch phrase for this month’s Metropolitan Restaurant Week. With over 200 restaurants participating, this is where you want to clock in and clock out for meal time.

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Restaurant Week begins January 19 and ends January 25, 2015. Select restaurants offer pre fixe lunch menus for $20.15 and dinner menus for $35.15. Three restaurants that are an absolute must for you to experience during this week are Co. Co. Sala, Oya Restaurant and SAX. Please try them and let me know if you agree that they are amazing! For a full list of participating restaurants visit ramw.org.

Share your restaurant week experiences below. I’d love to hear about your favorite restaurants!

Celebrating ME at ME Cancun

This year I decided there was nothing else I’d rather do, no gift I would rather want, no place I would rather be than on vacation for my birthday. Once this was decided, I chose ME Cancun because I had heard so many amazing things about it from friends. I always wanted to visit Cancun, Mexico and I knew it was an adults-oriented lifestyle resort. This probably was the best decision I could have possibly made because my experience was AMAZING! This is why…

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The entrance into ME Cancun is inviting and makes you feel exclusive. It’s purple carpet leads to double doors that open to a world of beauty and peace. The first thing you’ll notice once you enter is an alluring aroma. I really don’t know what the fragrance in the air is but it smells so good and is nothing I’ve ever experienced entering a resort. Once inside you are always greeted by a friendly staff and helpful people. That’s what I experienced all throughout my stay. The staff was extremely inviting and overall enhanced the experience.

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When I’m vacationing, the most important things to me are my room, the food and most importantly the beach and pool area. Overall I have to say the ME Cancun was immaculate! I stayed in the Aura Room, it was clean, comfortable and provided a beautiful view of Mexico. My favorite part was the shower which was an overhead shower head. The room is also equipped with a flat screen tv, radio, free snacks, a robe and slippers, a safe to lock up your important belongings, a couch and a cute table and chair area. The Aura Room is pretty much equipped with whatever you need.

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After you check in, I’m sure the first thing you want to do is eat right? Well this resort is all inclusive which means you eat nonstop and everything is included. What more can a blogging, eating nonstop girl ask for. ME Cancun has five restaurants, all included in your package. Every morning you can go down to Salt Restaurant for a buffet style breakfast that is delicious. It includes some of your normal breakfast dishes and also some Mexican specialties. The Beach House is where you’d want to go for more Mexican inspired dishes and a gorgeous view of the ocean. My personal favorite is the South American inspired restaurant called, The Water Grill. (I will be writing a separate post on this restaurant to explain how absolutely amazing it was.) So you’ve checked in, you’re done eating and now you’re wondering what to do next?

 

 

Maybe you want to head to the YHI Spa or the 24 Hour Gym and hey I think those are great ideas. Maybe you even want an after dinner drink at the Rose Bar and that’s great as well, but for me, I am running to the pool and beach.

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Now this is where ME Cancun has fully surpassed any of the resorts I’ve ever been to. Their pool and beach area is absolutely breathtaking, it’s more like a dream than a reality. They have two adult pools, one main pool and one infinity pool. The pools are surrounded by day beds and bali beds. The beds give the resort the relaxed and calm feel which enhances your Ying-Yang experience. The beach area is amazing. The water is warm and it’s a rainbow of different shades of blue. Honestly, there isn’t much more I can describe, the pictures can explain it much better.

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If you’re vacationing in Mexico, this is where you want to stay. ME Cancun is perfect for the adult couple who wants a mature, fun and peaceful experience. It’s also for friends who are looking to escape the realities of life and drift away to a fairytale land of beaches and unlimited booze. This resort is walking distance from the La Isla outdoor mall and about a 6 to 8 minute drive to Cancun’s main nightlife. ME Cancun is the true definition of the resort you want to stay at while on vacation and I’m so happy I celebrated my birthday here.

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