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Posted: Feb 05, 2021

Your Guide To An Epic 2021 Valentine's Day Whether You're Staying In Or Going Out

Our annual Valentine's Day guide has arrived! And while this year may look different from year's past, it's still chock full of amazing ideas that will make you and your person fall even deeper in love. If you made it through this last year (or if you got together during a pandemic!) make this your best Valentine's Day yet. We're here to help you find the best hidden gems and experiences you could possibly imagine—with special offers included just for our audience!

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Get Pampered Together at Bathhouse

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If quarantine has been running you and your S.O. ragged, maybe Valentine's Day is an opportunity for a mind and body reset. Bathhouse in Williamsburg offers elite level treatments for those who want to look, feel, and perform their very best, from massages and scrubs, to stretches and facials. They also feature high class amenities like both dry and tropical saunas, a starlight steam room, three thermal pools, and heated marble hammams. They even have a restaurant attached for a pre- or post-treatment meal featuring a selection of hyper-seasonal plates, sustainable wines, and creative cocktails.

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Valentine's Day Workshops at Craftsman Ave

Valentine's Day Workshops at Craftsman Ave

Grab your mask and your sweetheart, because Craftsman Ave in Gowanus is leaning into making 2021 the most unique Valentine's Day you've ever had. Join them for special Stained Glass or Welding Date workshops all weekend. Each couples ticket includes a 4 hour class, a pizza to share from Table 87, and a bottle of wine from Gowanus Wine Merchants. Spots are limited to account for social distancing and an intimate instructor experience. Makes memories and a unique piece of handmade work.

Get a discount of 15% off with code "idktonight".

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Thyme 2 Learn Masterclass

Thyme 2 Learn Masterclass

Thyme Bar in the Flatiron District is already a gorgeous space to dine and drink, but their new masterclass experience offers you the unique chance to have the whole place to yourselves for a private teaching event. They have two options: Euphoria and Emergence, both led by Head of Mixology, Jeremy Le Blanche.

Emergence is for the mixology enthusiast and includes a cocktail made by the bartender, a cocktail you make, one food item, and a Thyme Bar mixology diploma. Euphoria is for the more advanced cocktail connoisseur that includes all the offerings of Emergence, as well as a mixology course, Thyme2go cocktail to take home, cocktail kit, and dessert item. This is truly a unique experience where you get to go behind the bar and learn from an expert.

Book a Euphoria masterclass with the code IDKTONIGHT for 15% off.

Plus, book any Thyme Bar Experience tickets with a mention of IDKTONIGHT under the "How did you find out about us" section to receive a free Thyme2go cocktail at the end of your experience.

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Lovers Yoga with Luminous Architecture

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Many of us are fortunate to find ourselves in loving, healthy, respectful relationships. Luminous Architecture and idk tonight are joining forces to provide a transcendent couple's experience while increasing awareness around domestic violence and supporting StrongHearts Native Helpline.

In this live streamed session, instructor Jessica McCarthy and her partner will lead you and your sweetie through a sensual blend of movement and rest. Build some internal heat alongside your lover with a hot and sweaty vinyasa yoga practice. Once warmed up, prepare to get cozy as you settle into a series of restorative yoga poses that invite you to slow down, surrender, and open up to the benefits of a deeply relaxing yoga practice.

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Have a Valentine's Day Cocktail and Dinner from Kyma

Have a Valentine's Day Cocktail and Dinner from Kyma

Kyma in the Flatiron district is an airy, modern restaurant that weaves the threads of the traditional Greek taverna with the stylish island chic of Mykonos. Their food is made only with the highest quality extra virgin olive oil from the Peloponnese and fresh fish flown in daily from the Mediterranean, so dishes like grilled octopus and lamb chops are not to be missed. You can also toast Valentine's Day with a drink from their amazing cocktail list with some drinks like the Kymatini and Golden Negroni on tap.

If you're not feeling up to eating out, you can take out food for a Valentine's Day dinner, and the restaurant will also be offering cocktail kits to go. While all their cocktails are available for takeout, their kits will allow you to make drinks at home for a fun little exercise to do together before diving into your romantic (and delicious) meal.

Get 15% discount off cocktail kits with the code “idktonight”

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Have Valentine's Day Dinner at Honey Badger

Have Valentine's Day Dinner at Honey Badger

What says romance more than eating wild-to-table cuisine in your own private heated cabin? Honey Badger in Flatbush offers ambiance and a slow food menu with local, organic produce being used to prepare almost everything in their dishes. Their tasting and Omakase menu changes daily based on what they get from our foragers and hunters, but often features exotic vegetables, meat, seafood, and homemade pastas.

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Celebrate Valentine's Day at Upland

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Built around a California-inspired culinary philosophy that takes heavy cues from the seasons, Upland features handsome natural wood and lush leather to create a brasserie-esque environment. Have a rustic, artful Valentine's Day meal with dishes like their roasted short ribs for two or bucatini cacio e pepe. To celebrate the occasion, order from their extensive champagne menu, or get a cocktail like the Junmai Sangria with sake, Giffard apricot, orange, and coriander.

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Grab Valentine's Day Brunch at Casa Ora

Grab Valentine's Day Brunch at Casa Ora

Casa Ora in Williamsburg is a Venezuelan restaurant that serves Spanish comfort food and modern cocktails. Celebrate Valentine's Day in their warm and homey dining room or heated outdoor seating as you indulge in dishes like Green Eggs Benedicto with smoked ham, avocado herbed hollandaise, yucca home fries, and watercress salad, or Pabellon a Caballo made of shredded beef, jasmine rice, black beans, fried sweet plantains, and sunny side eggs. Pair with a Michelada or Red Wedding with tequila, beet, tomato, habanero, and tomatillo.

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Have a Decadent Meal at Buddakan

Have a Decadent Meal at Buddakan

Otherworldly art, ornate chandeliers, and a bevy of gilded details are what make Buddakan in Chelsea a fanciful and impressive date night spot. Make your Valentine's Day special by sharing their pan-Asian fare, from dim sum to hot pot. The 14th also is the last day of their pre-fixe Chinese New Year menu, where you can feast on a five course meal with filet mignon and lobster noodles. What better way to celebrate love and ring in the Year of the Ox?

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Undercover Lover—Live Dating Game Show with Ben Gleib

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You might have found the love of your life, but that doesn't mean everyone has. Spend this Valentine's Day watching other people trying to find their love matches. Host Ben Gleib will connect people from all walks of life to look beyond just the physical and seek a connection in a hilarious, never-before-been-done way—using funny filters. Undercover Lover is a virtual dating game show for modern times, the world’s first augmented reality dating game that uses face and voice filters to help single people find love (or just a good time).

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Valentine's Day Romantic Cruise 2021

Valentine's Day Romantic Cruise 2021

This year on Valentine’s Day, show your special someone how much you care about them with a romantic cruise together in New York Harbor. The packages cover all your needs for a romantic night, including a complimentary rose, champagne, various sweets including chocolate-covered strawberries and soothing music that sets the mood. More than that, you’ll get to bring your partner to the outdoor deck for the panoramic view of Manhattan or cuddle together in the heated indoor seating area of your choice.

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Celebrate Valentine's Day at Haven Rooftop

Celebrate Valentine's Day at Haven Rooftop

Indulge in Manhattan’s Midtown skyline from Haven Rooftop while enjoying modern American cuisine, craft cocktails, and cool music. For Valentine's Day weekend, they'll be serving up a special pre-fixe brunch and dinner menu on both February 13th and 14th. Enjoy crab benedict or a breakfast pizza with tuna tartare and creme brulee for brunch; you can even add on bottomless mimosas or bellinis. Dinner includes a glass of champagne and offers mains like lobster pasta and filet mignon.

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Get a Valentine's Day Facial at Face Haus

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Get fresh faced for your Valentine's Day date with a trip to Face Haus, an Upper East Side spa with experienced estheticians and a whole menu of facial treatments. Go for the Haus Special, an all-embracing, comprehensive facial including an oxygen blast, targeted serum ampoule, and full extractions. You can also add a boost to whatever facial you choose, from an eye treatment to jelly hydromask.


Get 10% off your facials with the code IDKTONIGHT10.

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Order Special Valentine's Day Treats from La Newyorkina

Order Special Valentine's Day Treats from La Newyorkina

La Newyorkina is the place to go for Mexican treats, from their pints of delectable ice cream with authentic Mexican ingredients to paletas with unique, refreshing flavors. For Valentine's Day, you can get Valentine's Day snacks delivered right to your door like their heart shaped churros with hot fudge or cajeta or heart shaped garabatos in chocolate or hibiscus. Add one of their cakes or pints of ice cream, and you will have a whole day of amazing eats.

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Eleven Madison Park At Home Valentine's Day Dinner

Eleven Madison Park At Home Valentine's Day Dinner

While there are a lot of downsides to quarantine, our "new normal" has allowed for the unique opportunity for you to experience fine dining in your own home. Eleven Madison Park in the Flatiron District, one of the best high end restaurants in the city, will be offering a special Valentine's Day meal for pick up in Manhattan February 11-14. Imagine feasting on foie gras, lobster pie, and bone-marrow crusted beef tenderloin at your own kitchen table. If there was any time to break out the candles and turn up the romance, this is it.

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Pick Up Valentine's Day Dinner From Il Buco

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Il Buco is a beloved eclectic Italian restaurant in NoHo, and they're offering a special Valentine's Day menu for pick up. $95 per person gets you soup, salad, risotto with lobster, cast-iron seared duck breast, and dessert. Order online to pick up on the 14th. Grab a nice bottle of wine on the way home to really complete your meal.

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Get the VDAY Aphrodisiac Sweets Box from Ursula

Get the VDAY Aphrodisiac Sweets Box from Ursula

Ursula in Crown Heights is offering an exclusive aphrodisiac box of sweets for pick up February 12-14. Both an homage to the "adult's only" room at the Candy Lady in Albuquerque, NM and a celebration of self-love, poly-love, romantic love, platonic love, or however you choose to love, this box is meant to pique your erotic senses. $50 gets you hand-decorated and gender neutral adult sex toy cookies, aphrodisiac tea bags, truffles, chocolate covered cherries, shortbread, and saffron-honey cakes. They are also raffling off a special box to benefit the Sex Worker's Project at the Urban Justice Center.

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Have A Valentine's Day Korean Steak Feast From Cote

Have A Valentine's Day Korean Steak Feast From Cote

Korean BBQ steakhouse restaurant Cote has you covered for a Valentine's weekend of delicious meats. Choose from one of the to-go packages, available exclusively on the 13th and 14th. One offers caviar and a prime chateaubriand cut for two with lots of fixings. The other offers a feast of "steak and eggs" tartare, four perfectly grilled cuts of meat, their signature stews, other sides and fixings, and a sweet treat to finish.

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Spend Valentine's Weekend at Shalom Japan

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At Shalom Japan in Williamsburg, two cultures come together in one fusion menu, and if that's not love, we don't know what is. On the 13th and 14th, they'll be offering a romantic pre-fixe menu all weekend long. Their three course brunch menu ($65 per person) will be featuring the lox bowl, and their six course dinner menu ($125 per person) will be featuring a wagyu hot pot, truffle congee, and a Mont Blanc. They're also bringing in some fun wines and sakes for an incredible set of pairings.

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Have A Valentine's Day Meal at Bar Boulud

Have A Valentine's Day Meal at Bar Boulud

Turn up the romance by channeling your inner French lover. Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with a divine three-course menu onBar Boulud's heated outdoor terrace on the Upper West Side or to-go in the comfort of your own home. The $105 pre-fixe meal offers you an appetizer, main, and side. Pick from options like hamachi crudo, oyster soup, pork osso bucco for two, and a whole butter poached lobster.

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Lunar New Year Chinese Temple Bazaar

Lunar New Year Chinese Temple Bazaar

For centuries, people in China have celebrated the Lunar New Year in temple fairs with performances and food to start off a good year. This year, Flushing Town Hall will celebrate virtually with lively performances, arts and crafts, and food demonstrations to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Ox. Virtual festivities include a traditional folk dance by the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, a new Chinese hand puppet performance by Chinese Theatre Works, a paper-cutting demonstration by Hongyi He and Ling Tang, and a sweet and savory rice ball demonstration by Queens Night Market’s Wanda Chiu.

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Valentine's Day At Home From Crown Shy

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Crown Shy in the Financial District is a neighborhood restaurant elevated by fine dining cooking technique and was awarded a Michelin star just six months after opening. Treat yourself this Valentine's Day weekend to their multi-course, take home meal. First, there's a bread course with caviar and mushroom tea—if that's not starting with a bang, we don't know what is. And it's only up from there with a chickpea tajine, short ribs, and sticky toffee pudding.

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Show Us What #LoveLooksLIke To Win A Date From Cobble!

Show Us What #LoveLooksLIke To Win A Date From Cobble!

Love looks different for all of us. This February, we’re getting into the V-Day spirit and celebrating the Cobble way: by sharing all the funny, sweet, weird ways you show each other love. Follow and tag us in an Instagram Reel or TikTok with a short scene of what #LoveLooksLike for you and your person, and you'll be entered to win a mystery schmancy date with one of our partners.

Tap this link to see some examples of what #LoveLooksLike, and then show us what you got!

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Make Love Art On Valentine's Day with ArtsClub's Studio Box Set

Make Love Art On Valentine's Day with ArtsClub's Studio Box Set

What better way to celebrate love than learning how to create art inspired by it? Order the Robert Indiana Studio Box Set from ArtsClub, where you can learn about Robert Indiana’s famous LOVE sculptures and paintings, which have been adopted as symbols of free and equal love across the globe. Your box set will include a video of Indiana's work and all you need to create a painting with any 4 letter word that’s currently on your mind—such as LOVE, HOPE, or WINE.

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Take A Valentine's Day Weekend Blindfolded Contact Dance Class

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Blindfolded Contact Dance is a safe and gentle experience—great for both beginners and experienced dancers alike. Wearing blindfolds allows dancers to drop the fear and self-judgment that often inhibits spontaneous movement and authentic connection to self and others. This online workshop will take participants on a journey of somatic self-discovery and non-verbal consent via solo and partnered exercises before culminating in a freeform blindfolded jam. It's a great way for you and your partner to get in touch with your bodies and foster a sense of nonjudgmental intimacy.

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Valentine's Day Box From Bathtub Gin

Valentine's Day Box From Bathtub Gin

While COVID means that Chelsea speakeasy Bathtub Gin's fake coffee shop doors are closed, you can still create a sexy cocktail experience at home with their Valentine's Day box. Each box includes a Cosmopolitan bottled cocktail (3-4 servings), a box of Le District macarons, and two drinking glasses. They also provide some entertainment with access to a Bathtub Gin playlist by DJ Alex Edge and a Virtual Burlesque Show filmed at Bathtub Gin.

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Have Valentine's Day Dinner From Houseman

Have Valentine's Day Dinner From Houseman

Houseman in SoHo is a simple but elegant neighborhood restaurant, and this Valentine's Day, you can enjoy their beautiful food either in their heated parklet or in the comfort of your home. The dine-in menu is a la carte, featuring beef tartare, the house burger, and a vegetarian cassoulet. They also have their Houseman at Home Valentine's Day meal kit for two with stuffed lobster tails and squid ink risotto, which you can order online and pick up from the restaurant on 2/13.

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Dine At James On Valentine's Day

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Are you always scrambling to figure out what to do for Valentine's Day? James in Prospect Heights has your back. Get their V-Day menu to-go or dine in their heated outdoor seating. Either way, the pre-fixe menu includes oysters, beet ravioli, smoked trout, short rib, wild mushrooms, chocolate bergamot cake, and poached pears. Worried about getting cold eating outside? They have warm wool blankets for their chairs and lots of warm drinks along. They also have a selection of Valentine's Day gift kits for pick up with stuff to set up an indoor picnic, have a chocolate tasting, bliss out, and more.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Brooklyn Winery

Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Brooklyn Winery

To help you and your S.O. celebrate Valentine's Day, Brooklyn Winery is offering gift boxes that offer everything you need for some at-home romance. Try their wine and chocolate box that comes with access to a virtual Zoom tasting. Or order boxes with a flower bouquet and wine bundle in partnership with G! Floral Designs. No matter what you order, all packages are available for nationwide delivery and pick up.

Use code IDKTONIGHT for a 15% off discount that applies to all wines in their online store.

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The Amazing Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt

The Amazing Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt

POGO Events presents The Amazing New York Scavenger Hunt. A series of clues leads you around the city performing physical and mental challenges along the way. This version of the hunt is all about celebrating Valentine's Day in New York and experiencing the city with the one you love. The hunt takes two hours, so wear comfortable shoes and wear a mask. The hunt is also run through an app called ScanQuest, so one member of the team should have a smartphone (either Android or iPhone).

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Take One of Travel + Leisure's Most Romantic Road Trips

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If travel is one of the ways you and your partner bond best, consider taking your love out on the road. Not only can you see some truly beautiful destinations outside of major airport cities, but the actual drive on the way to planned stops also adds opportunities to bond and observe scenic landscapes. Tap the link here for 10 different routes that will take you to romantic spots throughout our great country. And as you map out your route, make sure to make a car playlist to help set the scene.

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A Romantic Night In with Dave Koz and Brian McKnight

A Romantic Night In with Dave Koz and Brian McKnight

Every romantic night needs a soundtrack. Let Dave Koz, Brian McKnight, and Sheléa provide the music to your Valentine’s weekend celebration at home with this one-night-only live concert special. Pour a glass of wine, dip some strawberries in chocolate...and leave it to these three to provide the musical magic. Hear all the hits right from your couch while canoodling with your special someone for a Valentine's Eve you’ll never forget. Plus your ticket comes with a digital edition of Dave Koz's A Romantic Night In.

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Greenwich Village Valentines Day Poetry Tour

Greenwich Village Valentines Day Poetry Tour

Have trouble putting into words how you feel about your partner? Let Kornblit Tours take you to the homes of famous poets in Greenwich Village. Get inspiration walking and visiting the homes of famous poets who have written about love and life. Poets include E.E. Cummings, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Mark Twain, Bob Dylan, just to name a few. You can even try your hand at writing a love poem for your valentine and read it aloud on the tour. Plus, you can cap off your experience with a wonderful optional Italian lunch in the neighborhood.

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Get A Heart-shaped Pizza From Ivana's Pizzeria

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Give your partner a "pizza" your heart with a heart-shaped pizza from Ivana's Pizzeria in the Bronx's Little Italy. The heart shaped pies will be available through the month of February for $20 plain, or $23 with pepperoni. Dine on one outdoors, or get it delivered and see your partner's face light up when they open the box.

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Spend Valentine's Day With King Cake And Cocktails

Spend Valentine's Day With King Cake And Cocktails

Why not combine your Valentine's Day celebration with the spirit of New Orleans? Usually celebrated with giant parades, live music, and parties in the streets, Mardi Gras looks a little different this year. So instead, you can bring the party to your home. Get your boas and beads ready and come join Chef Nini Nguyen as she bakes and decorates a King Cake and sips on some Hurricane cocktails. This King Cake recipe features a rich brioche dough and you'll have the option of frosting the cake with either classic icing or cream cheese icing.

Use the code VDAYWITHIDK for $10 off.

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