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Valentines in New York

Cupid & the City
February 12, 2013
By , NYC Contributor

From cognac truffles to oysters to singles’ soirees, Galavante aimed its arrow to target the best of Valentine’s Day in NYC – whatever your love status may be.

Sweets à La Bergamote

Sweets can be a bit cliché unless they include a major dose of French attitude. You never knew dark chocolate mousse, rich ganache, framboise, and rows of baked confections could be so sexy.

V-Day tip: Don’t miss La Bergamote’s cognac truffles. Chocolate plus booze is a recipe for success. Trust us.

177 Ninth Ave., www.labergamotenyc.com

Flowers in Fashion: Banchet Flowers

A go-to among some of fashion’s biggest names, Banchet Flowers opens their newest NYC storefront just in time for Valentine’s Day. Owner/designer Banchet Jaigla embraces intensely bright colors and hand-selected blossoms from Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America for unique but ultra-chic arrangements.

V-Day tip: A Banchet bouquet is a risk-free way to give a traditional gift with lots of personality.

447 West 16th St., banchetflowers.com


First Date Fusion: Koi

Asian fusion may be old news, but not at Koi. This energized downtown spot in the Trump Hotel SoHo takes California-style Japanese cuisine to the next level. Turn up the heat with creamy rock shrimp tempura – lightly fried and perfectly spicy.  And don’t leave without trying the double tuna roll, one of the most beautifully composed tuna concoctions this side of the Pacific.

V-Day tip: Cozy up in front of the fireplace at the Library, Koi’s newest addition, for pre-dinner cocktails.

246 Spring St., trumphotelcollection.com

Bill’s Food & Drink

The Classic: Bill’s Food & Drink

Nothing says “true love” like a meal you have to unbutton your pants after, especially when it includes juicy steak, old-school hospitality, and plenty of red wine. Bill’s Valentine’s Day menu dials up the romance with oysters, caviar, a smoked bacon chop, and dry-aged porterhouse.

V-Day tip: Bill’s is within walking distance to Harry Winston, Tiffany & Co., and Dior, should the overindulgence happen to fuel more overindulgence. It’s also convenient to the Palace, the Peninsula, and the Waldorf Astoria. After all, diamonds are a girl’s best friend. You can thank us later. 

Calling all Singles: The Pierre

There is a time and a place for a Murray Hill happy hour, and it is certainly not on Valentine’s Day. Keep your booze down and your standards up with the Pierre’s singles’ soiree at Two E Bar/Lounge.

V-Day tip: Aside from all the lonely beautiful people, dating experts Laurie Davis (Love at First Click) and her fiancé Thomas Edwards (The Professional Wingman) will be on hand to administer love advice.

2 East 61st St., tajhotels.com

Raines Law Room

After Hours: Raines Law Room

Resurrecting an elegant Gatsby-esque Manhattan, this speakeasy sets the stage for classy debauchery. Head through the unmarked door, snuggle up on a Chesterfield, sip mixologist Meaghan Dorman’s love potions, and prepare to get weird.

V-Day tip: Each table has its own buzzer to summon your waiter, which ensures plenty of privacy. You do the math.

(Photos courtesy of La Bergamote, Banchet Flowers, Koi, Bill’s Food & Drink, and Raines Law Room)