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Valentine's Day in NYC — Love, Lust, and Cynicism

By February 11, 2013

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kiss.jpgOnly a few more days until Valentine's Day, that magnificently overhyped lovefest.

If you're feeling amorous, now's the time to firm up special plans for you and the one you love this February 14th.

And if you'd rather boycott the hearts and flowers routine, check out our anti-Valentine's day events and reject the commercialized love frenzy or find somebody new to love or lust after for at least one night.

Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner

Many of New York's most ridiculously romantic restaurants are already booked for Thursday night, but there are still plenty of cozy, candlelit options available.

And if you can't get your fantasy table for Thursday, try booking for Wednesday, Friday, or the weekend.

Avoid the magic February 14th date and you'll have less competition for the best tables (slightly) and many restaurants are also offering special Valentine's Day deals throughout the weekend. After all, romance can be made whenever good food, good wine, and a hot date are involved.

Check out my Top 20+ NYC Valentine's Day Deals list for a range of great options -- from cheap-for-New-York deals to a $295 per person splurge night with wine pairings. We've also got lots of other choices -- many in the $50-$75 per person range.

Romantic Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Check out our fabulous Valentine's Day gift ideas. Yes, flowers are always appreciated (and generally affordable at your local bodega, though your corner merchants do like to inflate their prices on Valentine's Day). But why not buy your sweetie something more personal that you know they will savor -- like an iTunes gift card (starting at $15), a sexy toy, or a harbor cruise.

We also have sweet but budget-friendly Valentine's Day gifts for your New York schmoopie.

A Romantic Valentine's Day Engagement

Thinking about popping the question over Valentine's Day champagne and oysters? Find inspiration on our list of the most romantic spots to propose in New York City.

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