If you’re looking to play Cupid in Manhattan or the Hamptons, you’re in the right place. New York is all heart this Valentine’s Day.
The following suggestions are courtesy of Lawlor Media Group, their clients and friends.
Set aside the flowers this Valentine’s Day and give your sweetie a romantic holiday to remember with these one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day gifts. Trying to come up with unique and romantic Valentine’s Day gift ideas can put a strain on your relationship. A lot of the pressure comes from finding the right gift, something that will stand out and show you care.
Romantic Hamptons Staycation
Plan a romantic staycation or family vacation at the Southampton Inn this season. Although Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday, Southampton Inn will celebrate the holiday of love the entire weekend. Guests will receive a beautiful rose and a box of chocolates upon arrival. A special Valentine’s brunch menu will also be available throughout the weekend. Allow their friendly staff to make a reservation for you at one of their favorite restaurants for your romantic dinner.
During the winter season, Southampton Inn will have the fireplace going in the library, offer guests complimentary bedside reading bags of books, and serve the “best” breakfast daily and brunch until 2:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday at the Inn’s award-winning Claude’s Restaurant.
Sleds are available for guests to use during snowy days at Southampton Inn. Ice skating is available nearby. The beaches and walking trails are open for leisurely strolls. Winter exhibits are available at the museums. Along Main Street and Jobs Lane, many stores are open and inviting.
Southampton Inn, 91 Hill Street, Southampton, NY 11968
Charming Valentine’s Dinner
Union Sushi & Steak
Co-located with Union Burger Bar in the historic Bowden Square property, the year-round restaurant fuses the energy of a supper club from the days of old with a modern ambiance. The cuisine is brought to us by award-winning Chef’s Scott Kampf and Marc Fasciana of varied fame and tenures. The delectable menu features dry aged steaks that are courtesy of Niman Ranch in Colorado, and the assorted fresh sushi and sashimi menu is both enticing and inventive.
As with Southampton Social Club, Union Sushi & Steak has quickly become an East End nightlife hot spot as well. Meanwhile, Duke’s award-winning burgers and fries spot, Union Burger Bar, continues to serve up American comfort food in the adjacent space. Welcome to Union Steak & Sushi!
Union Sushi & Steak, 40 Bowden Square, Southampton, NY 11968
Enchanting Rodízio-style Dinner
Celebrate love this Valentine’s Day with a romantic dinner at renowned Brazilian restaurant Churrascaria Plataforma. They will be serving their sensational Rodízio-style dinner, dessert, and two glasses of champagne for $90 pp.
Churrascaria Plataforma is an authentic Brazilian “Churrascaria,” a restaurant that serves mostly grilled meat with an all-you-can-eat menu and continuous table-side service. The idea is to serve a wide variety of different cuts of meat, such as beef, pork, lamb, chicken, and so on, to each diner individually at their table, so there is no traditional menu.
Churrascaria Plataforma, 316 West 49th Street, New York, NY 10019
Amorous Southern Italian Dining
This Valentine’s Day, Midtown hot spot Il Gattopardo, owned by husband-and-wife-team Gianfranco Sorrentino and Paula Bolla-Sorrentino, and partner Chef Vito Gnazzo, invites diners to enjoy a refined romantic Italian dinner in a sleek, modern setting. The restaurant also boasts a beautiful, lushly planted eight-story atrium, in which a wide range of private events are held.
Il Gattopardo serves traditional Southern Italian comfort food that has been adapted for the contemporary palate without compromising the authenticity of the cuisine. The Sorrentinos are committed to producing top quality Southern Italian gastronomy, to the use of authentic ingredients, and to keeping the tradition of Italian culture and hospitality vibrant and passionate. Chef Vito Gnazzo, formerly of three Michelin-starred restaurant Antica Osteria del Ponte and world-renowned REX il Ristorante in Los Angeles, is known for his “farm to table” approach to Southern Italian dining.
Il Gattopardo, 13-15 West 54th Street (Between 5th & 6th Ave), New York, NY 10019
Decadent Valentine’s Treats
MarieBelle New York
Celebrate the most romantic day of the year with a seven-piece box of delectable chocolate from MarieBelle New York’s Valentine’s Day Collection — or pick out the perfect signature artisanal ganache collection. Each ganache is decorated with a unique Valentine’s Day design that tells a beautiful love story. Together they bring the heart and emotion of Valentine’s Day to life. Another favorite is the SweetHeart Valentine’s Day Round Truffle Box, made using only the finest chocolate blended with fresh cream and dark Swiss cocoa powder. These European style truffles are as delicate as they are luscious to eat, and are elegantly packaged in a limited edition Izak Zenou-designed box.
Visit MarieBelle’s website for more Valentine’s gifts and other incredible edible collections, or visit them at their two Manhattan locations.
MarieBelle New York (Soho), 484 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013
MarieBelle at the Kitano Hotel (Midtown), 66 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016