Unique February NYC Date Ideas

Stuck in a rut? Unsure of what to do for Valentine’s Day with your significant other? Here are some of our unique options to do either on Valentine’s Day or keep in your back pocket as a great date option!

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Eataly

One of my favorite places in NYC is Eataly. Part grocery store, part restaurant, part espresso bar, part rooftop beer garden, Eataly boasts a wide assortment of things to do/eat. They offer 7 sit down restaurants that create authentic Italian dishes with the freshest ingredients. When walking into Eataly’s Chelsea location, you immediately become immersed in the culture. Why not grab a glass of wine, order a cheese/meat platter, and people watch?

Il Pesce, Le Verdure and Pizza&Pasta will be taking reservations (they are usually first come first served restaurants). Reservations are available for parties of 2 people on our website. Guests can contact Eataly at holidays@eataly.com to inquire about larger party reservations.

 Post Valentine’s Day: La Escuola di Eataly is one of the more unique ideas for a date, but does not shy away from romance. Classes offered include “The Art of Winter Risotto” or “Get to Know Gnocchi”. Show your date that you aren’t afraid to roll up your sleeves, and get creative in the kitchen!

Check out their online calendar here for cooking class options

Flute

Flute Bar & Lounge first opened in Midtown Manhattan with the concept of French and New York lounges finding a happy medium. Now expanding to two locations in New York, and one in Paris , Flute has become known as a “date bar”. Whether celebrating Valentine’s Day, or having a glass of champagne in celebration of the weekend, Flute should be on your radar.

Passenger Bar
229 Roebling St., nr. 3rd St., Williamsburg; 718-218-7869
I love a good themed bar. Head to a rock n’roll safe haven at this railroad-themed haunt to listen to local musicians from around the city.  For Valentine’s Day they’re creating a “couples night of cool” with a photo kissing booth (unless you’re too cool..then just scowl), drink specials, make-your-own Valentine’s Day card crafts area, flirty games, and a D.J. spinning tunes to make you wanna get down.

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Don’t be fooled by Cocktail Bodega, where in the bright, harsh and ultra not  flattering cafeteria upstairs is also super safe as you can get to know your date while sipping on liquor-infused juices and smoothies. It’s where the healthy meets boozy. If you feel the spark between you two, head underground to the slightly fist pumping/90s grunge and gritty subway-themed nightclub. Decorated with graffiti, paint splattering the walls, and the option to purchase fixtures directly from the MTA, this is a “must go to” in my place of happy themes.

This is an ideal moment for you to renew your passion for extraordinary art with a diverse schedule of exhibitions — from Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity to PUNK: Chaos to Couture — as well as an exciting program of performances and talks on the horizon.

The “How I Learned Series” at Happy Ending

Head to Happy Ending, for an unconventional bar that was once an erotic-massage parlor, for this monthly storytelling show. In each installment of this quirky series, writers, actors, comedians and musicians tell true real life tales about that month’s topic, which ranges from first date-appropriate icebreakers (sex, splitting up) to pop culture to awkward family moments.

Kill Zombies and Rule in Laser Tag at Zombiefest

Join forces with your loved one against the infected  in an imaginary apocalyptic wasteland at Indoor Extreme Sports’ Zombiefest. The first round entails teams of five  pitted against one other, where you have nine five-minute “missions” inside IES’s laser-tag maze. The goal is to take out as many “zombies” (yes, actual performers in F/X makeup) as you can before they eat your brains (touch you or grab your flag). Between games, recover your strength in the Asylum Lounge, complete with screens showing classic zombie movies. 718-361-9152,  Reservations required.

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Get your Shag On

Let’s be honest: Sometimes things get a little rusty. Head over on the “L” train to the Williamsburg shop that hosts a wide array of friendly and judgment-free workshops and events targeting couples—gay, straight, dudes, ladies, whatever. We’re not judging. They encourage you to experiment with whatever feels good. Couples can head to Shag Brooklyn for a special Valentine’s Day event, “Aphrodisiacs and Amor: A Blindfolded Tasting Extravaganza” (Feb 14 7–10pm; $195/couple).

Whatever your tastes are, we hope you have a fun filled Valentine’s Day!

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