Valentine’s Day NYC sees the city turning up the romance. A dozen roses and a dinner for two isn’t a bad start, but we’ve got some alternative Valentine’s ideas that’ll last all weekend long. While you’ve got that special dinner on, you might as well pick up a new skill or two. Chef Hong Thaimee of East Village Thai fave Ngam is hosting cooking classes that’ll teach you techniques to spoil your special someone all year-round. You’ll work up green papaya salad, old-school pad Thai, and homemade green curry. This is a hands-on class, because there’s something especially intimate about cooking together. And no worries if cheffing is not your forte – you won’t go hungry, as a communal Thai feast from the pros will follow.
Brothers in Chocolate
Get in the Valentine’s mood on Friday, February 13 with some chocolate, and not just any chocolate, but the artisanal explorations of the Mast Brothers. Putting a Brooklyn slant on this Valentine’s staple, find signatures like smoke and vanilla in a free afternoon tasting on the main floor of Strand Book Store, where Mast representatives will be on hand to answer all your burning chocolate questions.
Indulge your refined side with a romantic trip to the MoMA for Valentine’s. Take advantage of special weekend tours, which will be personalized experiences, as they’re offered after-hours. A candlelit wine reception further sets the mood before you go on to explore Matisse, van Gogh, and Toulouse-Lautrec’s Belle Époque Paris, all with the expert guidance of an art historian. Smart is sexy, too.
My Bloody Valentine
If you’re overdosing on the lovey-dovey stuff, Blood Manor in Soho has the antidote. You’ll be holding each other close for comfort as you tour a haunted house with a labyrinth designed to amplify the thrills and chills. Expect corseted living dead, plenty of gore, and a few hearts of the non-candy variety. Why should Halloween have all the fun?
Why Stop There?
If you’ve played Valentine’s right, you’ll want to keep things going Sunday. The Highline Ballroom in Chelsea is serving a full menu, with a live soundtrack providing plenty of atmosphere. La Vie En Rose is the group, and its French lead singer puts her lilting touch on a mix of swing, chanson, and American standards. It’s just the right mix for some midday romance.