February 12, 2015

Valentine's Day Ideas for the Single (and Taken) Ladies

If you didn't already know, Valentine's Day is swiftly approaching - and it just so happens to fall on a Saturday this year. Whether your single and ready to mingle or taken for good, looking for a super fancy date venue, or just wanting to spend time with the girls, we've got some exciting places for you to try this weekend.

For new couples:

For all you sappy, honeymooning couples, try the Nighthawk Cinema in Brooklyn. It's a really cool retro-inspired combination cinema/restaurant/bar. Literally "dinner and a movie" -  eat/drink right in the theatre playing indie-type movies like "Birdman" and "A Most Violent Year." This year they are screening "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night." This would be a perfect place for that new special person in your life.

Photos via Nighthawk Cinema

For the not-so-new couple:

A romantic restaurant is in order for you.  Try Root and Bone. This restaurant offers a menu that is an upscale take on traditional Southern recipes like Chicken n' Dumplings and "Skrimp and Grits." And you can expect some of the best food in NYC, delivered straight from Executive Chef Jeff McInnis and Chef Janine Booth, who both appeared on Bravo's Top Chef, so you know they must be good! Root and Bone was also a Semifinalist in 2012 for Best New Restaurant and a Finalist in 2013 for Best Chef South. 

Photos via Root and Bone
For the single ladies:

Barcade is where I will be on Saturday night. This low key bar/arcade with locations in Brooklyn, St. Marks Place and Jersey City hosts the best retro games from Pac Man to Donkey Kong. Sip on the best craft beers while reminiscing in childhood memories of hanging out with friends and playing your favorite video games.  And what a better place to pick up guys than an arcade?...just saying ;)

Photo via NewYork.com
And for desert:

The best cupcakes can be found in the smallest of places. Billy's,  a cozy bakery located in Chelsea is the best cupcake/desert shop that I have found in NYC so far.  The menu makes you feel like you have stepped into your Southern mother's kitchen featuring heavily frosted cupcakes and banana pudding. The store itself takes you back to the 1940’s with its vintage décor of metal bar stools, glass cake plates, and handwritten chalkboard signs.

Photos via Billy's Bakery
Hopefully this gives you a little inspiration to go out and have some fun this weekend. Let us know your plans for Valentines Day in the comments below!

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