To-morrow is Saint Valentine’s day,
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.
—William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5
Don’t wait for your Hamlet or Romeo to plan that perfect Valentine’s Day. Here are some wonderful suggestions for that special evening.
Dine before the Metropolitan Room’s show at
4 West 22nd Street Off Fifth Avenue
Candlelight Dinner ($50 per person plus Tax and Tip) includes:
Champagne (choice of Chandon,Prosecco, Pink Prosecco)
Appetizer, Main Course, Dessert, Coffee/Tea
Menu at www.sagaponacknyc.com
Placido Domingo and the New York Philharmonic
Music by Wagner and Tchaikovsky comprises the first half of the program, with Wagner’s Prelude to Act I of Die Meistersinger and the aria, “Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond” from Die Walküre to be followed by three Tchaikovsky works: “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker, an aria from The Queen of Spades, and the popular “None but the Lonely Heart.” Following intermission it’s J. Strauss II’s Overture to Die Fledermaus; arias and duets from Léhar’s Land of Smiles and The Merry Widow; and dances from Falla’s La vida breve and The Three-Cornered Hat.
Dine Before at Picholine
35 West 64th Street between Broadway and Central Park West
Michelin calls Picholine “one of the most romantic restaurants in New York City.” The four-course Menu D’Amour features exquisite dishes like Fricasse of Pemaquid Oysters with Salsify Textures, Oyster Veloute, American Sturgeon Caviar; Free Range Rack of Veal For Two; and Warm Caramel Brioche, Apple Confit, Cranberry Variations.
4 Courses $148.00
Seeking a truly romantic restaurant? Here are three:
250 East 83rd Street
Four Courses $100 plus
beverages, tax and gratuity
Wonderful Italian Cuisine
Intimate Candlelit Environment
414 West 42nd St.
212 594 1925
$75 pp, plus beverages, tax & gratuity
Chris Curtis at the piano
Happy Valentine’s Day, Bring your 3D glasses…
“Loving is not just looking at each other, it’s looking
in the same direction.” Antoine De Saint-Exupery 1939
With all my heart,
Jean Claude Baker
Looking for a way to relax and unwind in a soothing, romantic environment? Here are two:
Many spas have private massage suites, but the Iguazu Day Spa goes them one better. Relax in an environment inspired by the rain forest. Special treatments take the theme one step further, using hot river stones or bamboo shoots. There’s also a customized signature facial. (Includes 60-minute massage, side-by-side facial, Champagne, and chocolate-covered strawberries, $494/couple Available 2/7–2/14.)
Couple’s Valentine’s Special at Metamorphosis Day Spa
127 East 56th Street, fifth floor, near Lexington Avenue
Metamorphosis uses products derived from the cocoa plant. Enjoy a body, scalp, and foot rubdown (50 minutes) while relaxing on a rose-petal-strewn bed. Go home with a gift bag of candy kisses, a scented candle, and a two-ounce bottle of chocolate-infused body oil.
Complimentary wine or hot chocolate, $499/couple; available from 2/1 to 2/28