A Local’s Valentine’s Day in New York


Newly launched travel service LOCALIKE New York recommends how visitors to the city can embrace the romance of Valentine’s Day like a local. Spend February 14 at the most exclusive and romantic candle-lit dinners in New York, or at slightly unconventional, quirky locations and events around the city.

Romantic Dinner for Two

Enjoy subdued lighting, old tables and chairs, flowers and antique objects at Italian restaurant Il Buco this Valentine’s Day. There are a few reasons Il Buco has been on every New Yorker’s short list for the past 23 years: Eating there feels like going to a dinner party in the antique-filled, candlelit home of an eccentric Italian aristocrat. It serves the kind of simple Mediterranean dishes — grilled fish, handmade pasta, warm fruit tarts with fresh ricotta — that depend upon the absolute best ingredients. This Valentine’s Day Il Buco will serve a pre-fixe chef’s tasting menu with an optional wine pairing.

For more Valentine’s inspiration, try Paris to Iceland: Six Valentine Destinations.

Fun Activity

Uniquely set in the amazing architecture of a former textile factory in Tribeca, Aire Ancient Baths combines the Roman and Greek bathing culture with various pools, eucalyptus steam baths, and massage rooms. The timed tickets ensure visitors enjoy the soothing candles and warm marble in an uncrowded environment.

Alternative Valentine’s Day

Whether celebrating with friends or a significant other this Valentine’s Day–LOCALIKE New York recommends:

For Friends: Love Pong with Bumble x Spin
Dating app, Bumble, has presented New Yorkers with a new kind of party. Get back to meeting people the old-fashioned way: in person. This Valentine’s Day party will include custom cocktails, temporary tattoos and ping-pong competitions. Find it at SPiN New York, Flatiron District.

For Couples: Venetian Valentine Commedia Masked Ball
This decadent re-creation of a Venetian masquerade, complete with opera singers, gender-fluid burlesque dancers, circus performers has a strict dress code of black-tie or fantasy attire. Join the celebrations at Capitale, Little Italy.

LOCALIKE New York has launched as the city’s first personalised travel service to allow visitors to ‘live like a local’. With New York attracting more than 60 million tourists each year, this innovative new service replaces biased reviews, recommendations and time-consuming web research with efficient, personal itineraries created with tried and tested insider knowledge not found in any guidebook or online. LOCALIKE New York Personal itineraries starts at $79 (approximately £59) for one day. A LOCALIKE Selection itinerary costs $49 (approximately £36). For more information on LOCALIKE New York.

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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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