The biggest day of love is only six days away! Haven’t found a great place to go to to celebrate with you and your honey? Well, fear not! Manhattan Digest has found some pretty awesome places that are still available to book this week. So calm it down, read this through, and find something that works best for you and your boo. Not only can I write, but I can rhyme too, damn, where’s my guy? Chris Pratt will find me eventually. In the meantime, check out these great hotspots.
The Chatwal Hotel- 130 W 44th Street
The Chatwal is located around the corner from the best theaters, shops and green space (Bryant and Central Park), making it an ideal destination for a weekend escape. This year, New York’s famed 1930’s Art Deco destination, featuring 76 beautifully styled rooms and suites, has added a few over-the-top amenities ensuring Love is in The Air – literally – through their new romance offering.
Throughout February, travelers can take advantage of an ultimate two-night romantic getaway. VIP treatment is an understatement as guests enjoy:
- Personalized welcome amenities from Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door Spa
- Chauffeured accommodations in the house Mercedes throughout their stay
- A private helicopter ride over NYC
- Indulgent dinner for two by candlelight in Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s The Lambs Club at The Chatwal
- Create the perfect scent for your most desired at Scentarium, the city’s newest perfumery
- Veuve Clicquot on-demand
- In-room Breakfast
The Love is in the Air experience begins at $4,415 USD for Grand Deluxe King and Suite accommodations. Valid through the month of February 2016. Must be booked 7 days in advance of arrival. To book, call or email [email protected]
Vandal- 199 Bowery
Vandal is the latest restaurant lounge by the TAO Group and Chef Chris Santos. Vandal celebrates the art, architecture, and food of global street culture from New York to Vietnam to Barcelona and beyond, as well as the history and culture of the restaurant’s Lower East Side location. The two-level space includes a bar/lounge, restaurant, private dining room, cellar bar/lounge and Secret Garden. The 12,000 sq. ft. interior has been conceived as a maze like space filled with old, undiscovered private rooms and catacombs. The building’s entry, tunnel, lounge, dining areas, and art installations are intricately choreographed to create a sense of discovery in each room. Similarly to the space itself, the menu prompts discovery as well with an array of Sweet, Savory, and Barrel Aged Cocktails that accompany the plethora of small plates influenced by global street fare from destinations all over the world. Inspired by a lifetime of travel from owner Chef Chris Santos, the menu represents dishes like those he sampled from New York, Vietnam, Barcelona, and more.
Beauty & Essex- 146 Essex Street
Beauty & Essex has an innovative design that starts in the restaurant’s entrance, a well-curated modern day pawn shop replete with a saxophone, boom-box, quirky artifacts, vintage treasures and an eclectic array of “one-off” pieces of jewelry. Continuing past the pawn shop, guests encounter a grand, circular staircase wrapped around a two-story custom chandelier, but only the adventurous will discover all that Beauty & Essex has to offer. With four distinct dining rooms (one private), two bars, a lounge and a women’s bathroom complete with a salon including a luxurious sofa, antique perfume bottles and a private bartender offering complimentary bubbly. The cuisine, much like the design, is intended to set a new course. Chef Chris Santos was one of the pioneers of the small, share plate dining trend that has swept the nation, and with the Beauty & Essex menu, he once again has created waves on the food scene. Santos’ famed multi ethnic small plates are behind the menu which features “Jewels on Toast” – a nightly selection of crostini with toppings like Roasted Bone Marrow with Rioja Braised Shallots; a “Raw Bar” with offerings ranging from Prime Steak Tartare with Crispy Mustard & Chive Sticky Rice to the less traditional Tomato Tartare with a Sunny Side Up Quail Egg; a selection of house-made pastas, dry-aged steaks; and a selection of creative desserts round-out the menu.
The Stanton Social- 99 Stanton Street
The Stanton Social is a product of the talented chef/owner Chris Santos, Tao owner Richard Wolf and Peter Kane of Happy Ending and has quickly become one of the sexiest restaurants and lounges in NYC. With the help of Avroko, the James Beard award winning design firm, The Stanton Social pays homage to the LES garment industry past with an innovative design. The three-level space features a thirty-foot glowing wine wall displaying over 2,000 bottles of wine in a herringbone pattern, fringe-covered walls, fine lizard skin banquettes, leather handrails and belt-strapped pillows, all of which subtly tip their hat to the luxury and glamour found in the textiles and fashions of the 1940’s. This modern New York bistro serves multi-ethnic share plates designed to offer guests a chance to experience multiple dishes and flavors throughout their meal. The menu offers a full raw bar as well as forty additional items such as French Onion Soup Dumplings, Duck Empanadas, Kobe Beef Burgers, Lobster Roll Sliders, Oysters Rockefeller and The Stanton Social Beef Wellington.
Hard Rock Cafe New York- 1501 Broadway
Hard Rock Cafe New York is making this Valentine’s Day one to remember for couples who declare their unending love for one another with the One Love Bob Marley Signature Series Wedding Package.* For one day only, Sunday, February 14, Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square will offer ten (10) themed wedding packages for purchase that include two Bob Marley Signature Series T-shirts, a minister, private chapel, photographer, cake, ceremony and reception – and a four (4) day, three (3) night honeymoon hotel stay at the luxurious, all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana!** Beginning on Monday, February 8, couples who want to get married can register in advance to purchase Hard Rock Cafe’s “One Love” Wedding Trip Package (Honeymoon Trip Package) for $100. Once the ten honeymoon trips have been claimed and paid for at the cafe, couples are still welcome to purchase the “One Love” wedding package without the honeymoon trip for only $50 and receive two Bob Marley Signature Series T-shirts and a private wedding ceremony.
The event begins at 11AM and ends at 4PM. Registration begins today, so email [email protected] to get yourself submitted!
Valentine’s Day Prix-Fixe Menu at Tender at The Sanctuary Hotel
Tender is located in the heart of the city at The Sanctuary Hotel and is offering a Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu for $125 per person. The four-course meal will start with a Tuna Wonton ³Amuse Bouche.² Following that, guests will have their choice of options like Foie Gras and Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice as a starter. For the main entrée there are five selections available including favorites like Filet Mignon (sautéed mushrooms and cream sauce with garlic mashed potato), Gnocchi (mushrooms, parmesan truffles with a white sauce) and Miso Glazed Cod. To complete the special evening, diners will enjoy a sweet dessert like Strawberries Covered with Chocolate or Crème Brûlée. For more information please visit http://tendernyc.com
$10,000 Take My Breath Away Package at The Sanctuary Hotel
Experience the ultimate luxury in NYC like the best lovers do. The Sanctuary Hotel is offering an over the top Valentine’s Day Suite Package that will take your breath Away. The $10,000 Take My Breath Away package will have couples falling in love all over again. For those flying in from out of town to celebrate, once they land, couples will be whisked back into the air by helicopter to the Manhattan Heliport to avoid the traffic of the city so they can begin their romantic trip. There will be a waiting limo that will take them to The Sanctuary Hotel, where they will stay in the Sweet Suite, decorated with six dozen roses. They can relax with an in-room massage for two before heading out with a personal shopper to their choice of stores to get dressed for the night. They will also enjoy tickets to the Hamilton, the hottest show on Broadway, before indulging in dinner at the hotel’s restaurant Tender. The couples will head back to their room for a romantic night equipped with a rose petal turndown with chilled Cristal and chocolate strawberries. After a magical Valentine’s Day, there will be a limo to take them back to the airport. For more information, visit http://www.sanctuaryhotelnyc.com.
KTCHN Restaurant’s Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe
KTCHN Restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen will be offering a delectable prix-fixe menu for Valentine’s Day starting at 5pm for just $45. The three-course meal will offer selections including Buffalo Mozzarella served over steak tomatoes and pesto sauce, Octopus Carpaccio marinated in extra virgin olive oil with lemon and fresh herbs, Chilean Seabass with spinach and lemon capper sauce, and Rack of Lamb with saffron risotto. For dessert opt for the Sweetheart Elixir, a playful concoction of lemon sorbet, raspberry sauce and champagne that is sure to make you fall in love! Finally, make sure to request “your song” from the pianist, so you can surprise your date with the tune that reminds you of them! For more information about KTCHN Restaurant check out: www.ktchnnyc.com
KTCHN Restaurant’s Haus of Mimosa Valentine’s Day Brunch
Anita M. Buffem and Gina Marie Rittale, the comedic songstresses of The Haus of Mimosa, will tickle your funny bone as you indulge in special pink mimosas at KTCHN Restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen.
The two gals from Queens sing live, are unapologetic and will have you dancing in your seats to hit songs from Madonna¹s Girls Gone Wild, Lady Gaga¹s Born this way to TLC¹s Waterfalls and some Broadway Favorites. Think SNL’s Coffee Talk-meets-Glee with punch lines. During the show KTCHN will provide a menu of delectable brunch favorites, including French Toast with mixed berries and apple sauce, Shrimp Omelet with peppers and home fries, and the classic Steak and Eggs ‹just to name a few. There will be two shows, one for singles at 12pm and one at 2pm for the couples. Definitely make sure to order the Sweetheart Elixir, a playful concoction of lemon sorbet, raspberry sauce and champagne.
For those looking to up the booze factor on their brunch experience, KTCHN offers a bottomless prix-fixe option complete with all the pretty pink mimosas and sangria you can drink. You can check out the websites here: www.ktchnnyc.com and www.TheHausOfMimosa.com.
Celebrate Being Single at Zeppelin Hall’s Annual Stupid Cupid 2/13
Valentine’s Day is more fun when you¹re single at Zeppelin Hall. The Metropolitan area’s largest biergarten is hosting their annual Stupid Cupid party on Saturday February 13th. No date? No problem. Enjoy $4 pints of Coors Light since singles can¹t afford to let themselves go. Also available will be cocktail specials and hors d’oeuvres. Why cry into your beer at home when you could meet your next ex out and about? Cupid is Stupid afterall, so don¹t forget to get your red wristband at the door (given to singles only) since there’s nothing wrong with wearing your heart on your sleeve. There’s no cover to attend and a DJ will turn everyone onŠto the dance floor beginning at 10pm. Zeppelin Hall offers a wide variety of libations with over 50 European and American beers on 144 taps including specialty Brews, Lagers, Pilsner, Ale, IPA, Stout, Hard Cider, and even Non-Alcoholic & Gluten Free selections. Zeppelin Hall offers free parking and is just steps away from the light rail and a short walk from the PATH train. For more information on Zeppelin Hall check out: http://www.zeppelinhall.com/.
Treadwell Park’s Valentine’s Day Basketball Matchup
Treadwell Park is the perfect V-Day craft beer hall for couples or singles and since February 14th marks the end of All Star Weekend, Treadwell is giving singles the chance to make a love connection while watching the games. Choose one half of a basketball trading card, find your match and see if sparks fly over a drink on the house.
This Upper East Side craft beer hall offers guests amazing grub, tantalizing cocktails, Ping-Pong, Pinball, complimentary self-serve popcorn, and a sexy fireplace to give your date the most romantic Valentine’s Day smooch. They have over 20 draught beers and ciders (which rotate weekly), cask beer, and artisanal cocktails including Purple Cauldron Mysticism (Guatemalan Aged Rum, Sorel Liqueur, Contratto Bianco, Vallet Fernet, Orange Cream Citrate). Keep it ultra-romantic and opt for a Beer Float with chocolate goat’s milk ice cream and two straws! Don’t forget to check out their menu with Mussels in White Wine with mustard and parsley, BBQ Baby Back Ribs, and Mac & Cheese with Gorgonzola, cheddar and asiago.
Choose the winner of the NBA All-Star game that day and enter a raffle for a chance to win a gift certificate to Treadwell Park! For more information check out: www.treadwellpark.com.