Valentine’s Day is around the corner and here in Greenwich Village the air sparkles with the charm, romance, and anticipation this day radiates during the darker days of winter. Maybe it’s true or maybe it’s just your imagination, but everywhere you look on the 14th of February you see couples embracing, holding hands, and whispering lovely little secrets in each other’s ears.
Greenwich Village offers the hopeless romantics among us a beautiful variety of date ideas sure to create memories that will last a lifetime. As you begin to plan your special Valentine’s Day date, keep these date ideas in mind and join us in Greenwich Village.
Create a Delicious Tradition
Visit Manhattan’s oldest chocolate house, Li-Lac Chocolates, who specialize in making old-world artisan chocolate in small batches, delivering robust flavors and superior taste. Since its inception in 1923, Li-Lac Chocolates has been at the center of Valentine’s traditions for generations of romance. Visit their Greenwich Village location between Sullivan and Thompson for a special treat.
Can’t choose just one Valentine this year? Private 90-minute tours for 8 (or more) are available at Li-Lac’s Chocolate Factory located in Brooklyn. Learn the craft of artisan chocolate and try your hand at making your own mouthwatering creation. Each participant will take home their own box of freshly-made gourmet chocolate.
Music to Your Ears
Experience the romantic vocals of the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society in the ambiance of the historically preserved Merchant’s House Museum. A New York City Historic Landmark, this 1832 row house was built in the late-Federal and Greek Revival architecture style, giving visitors a peek into the antiquated charm of a time long ago. During this 75-minute Love in the Parlors Concert, you will be delighted by the rarely heard gems of Shubert, Brahms, Duparc, and many others. Sip on a glass of champagne during a pre-concert reception hosted in the preserved 1850s style kitchen. VIP seating is also available.
Rock n’ Roll Romantics
Greenwich Village has gained the reputation of being a creative epicenter to some of the most inspiring and talented people this world has seen. It has also served as home to some of the most infamous rock n’ roll couples. Hand in hand with your loved one, take a romantic stroll by Bob Dylan and Suze Rotolo’s first New York City apartment at 161 W Fourth Street. Although a short-lived romance, Dylan acknowledges Suze as someone who had a fantastic influence on his music and art during the time. You can also stroll by 105 Bank Street, where John Lennon and Yoko Ono first called home in the City. They released their album “Some Time in New York City” during their residence there. One other famous, often less thought of, couple resided in The Village as newlyweds, but you’ll have to read our “In Love In Greenwich Village” blog post to find out who.
A Trip Back in Time
Few things are romanticized more than a classic black and white film from Hollywood. The Film Forum, Greenwich Village’s local cinematic gem on West Houston Street, offers those young in love a special Valentine’s Day screening of two classic films. Settle in with a bag of popcorn for a matinee or an evening showing of Smiles of a Summer Night, a 1957 provocative romantic comedy about a newlywed couple, or A Lesson in Love, a 1954 comedy directed by Ingmar Bergman.
A Delectable Getaway in Washington Square
After touring the neighborhood and picking out delicious treats, end the day cozied up next to your special someone at a beautiful, four-course Valentine’s Day dinner at the North Square Restaurant. Enjoy an assortment of wonderful tastes, starting with a mushroom and goat cheese empanadita before moving on to a wide variety of first course options. In your second course, choose between mouthwatering entrees from the sea or the land. And before retiring to an intimate art-deco styled room in the Washington Square Hotel, sip on an after-dinner beverage as you nibble the handcrafted, house-made desserts.