Valentine’s Day is just over a week away, so if you don’t have a gift or plans, we have some ideas for you! The list below contains gifts from local businesses and date night options for a unique New York Valentine’s Day experience, from climbing a skyscraper to cozying up for a night in with candles and cocktails!

1. Ode a la Rose

Ode a La Rose bouquet
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Need something quick? Order a bouquet of roses from Ode a La Rose, a same-day NYC flower delivery service and have it delivered the same day! In New York City, your gift is safely hand-delivered in Ode a la Rose’s signature gift box. The beautiful flower arrangements can also be shipped nationwide. This Valentine’s Day, Ode a La Rose has a wide selection of bouquets to choose from, from a dozen classic red roses to an array of alstroemeria and lisianthus, pink veronica, and baby blue eucalyptus. Bouquets come in many different sizes with a variety of vase styles to choose from and fun add-ons like chocolate, macarons, or a scented candle. Save 20% when you use code LITSALON.

2. Tickets to The Lit Salon

Beverly Hills Spy book on a mantel covered with candles

Treat your Valentine to a cozy, candlelit evening with live music and specialty cocktails at The Lit Salon! This literary event, which takes place inside the historic brownstone of Untapped New York’s founder Michelle Young, is an intimate affair where you’ll hear from award-winning authors and get to mingle with fellow bibliophiles. The evening will feature a performance by The Brownstone Trio, conversation, Q&A, and a book signing. You can choose to make it a night out and join in person, or stay in and snuggle up as you watch the live stream. You can make the evening extra special by having a book already on hand. Grab a copy of all of the books featured in upcoming Lit Salon sessions here and see all upcoming Lit Salon events at this link.

3. Aerangis Candles

Aerangis Candles
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The romantic candlelight of The Lit Salon is made possible by the soft glow and serene scents of Aerangis Candles. New York-based founder Alicia Tsai named the company after a white, star-shaped orchid that grew in her grandfather’s garden in Taiwan and provided her first scent memory. The scents of each design-forward, cruelty-free, plant-based, non-toxic candle come from a memory. Scents range from powdery musk to green vines and creamy jasmine to ancient incense. You can even design a unique scent that is truly your own! Set the mood with your own Aerangis Candles and get 10% off your purchase when you buy through this link.

4. Fort Hamilton Spirits

Fort Hamilton liquor
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Complete your date night in with premium spirits from Brooklyn-based Fort Hamilton Distillery, beverage sponsor of The Lit Salon! On a mission to recapture America’s finest spirits, they celebrate America’s original whiskey style, New York Rye. This style was the most popular libation in America pre-prohibition and serves as the base for the most discerning classic American cocktails. You can visit Fort Hamilton’s Industry City distillery for a special behind-the-scenes tour and tasting to see exactly how their premium spirits are made. Use code UNTAPPED NY for $5 off your ticket!

5. Secret Brooklyn

Secret Brooklyn Book Cover

Impress your Valentine with an adventure through Brooklyn’s most fascinating hidden spots! Secret Brooklyn will be your guide to the borough’s quirkiest locations, like a robotic church, a hidden rooftop garden, and the smallest cemetery in New York City. With 150 off-the-beaten-path places to explore, this book, written by Untapped New York’s founder Michelle Young and CEO Augustin Pasquet, has all the inspiration you need for one-of-a-kind dates with your Valentine!

6. City Climb at The Edge

Couple on City Climb at The Edge

Get your Valentine’s heart pumping and take their breath away with an experience like no other, City Climb at The Edge. This experience will take you on the tallest open-air building ascent in the world as you scale the side of 30 Hudson Yards in Manhattan. At the top, you’ll have unparalleled and unobstructed views of the city below you. Celebrate with a toast in the champagne bar once you’re safely back inside the building! See more observation deck date ideas for your thrill-seeking Valentine here.

7. Untapped New York Walking Tour

Grand Central Terminal atrium

Spend the afternoon with your Valentine at one of New York City’s most romantic landmarks, Grand Central Terminal. On Untapped New York’s Secrets of Grand Central Tour, you’ll be guided to the terminal’s hidden tennis courts, remnants of a lost movie theater, and a speakeasy that used to be an office, among other little-known features!

Looking for more adventures to take with the one you love? Purchase an Untapped New York Gift Card which can be applied to any of our tours! You can also use a gift card to book your own private tour for just you and your sweetheart.

8. Sunset Cruise

A view of the skyline from a Classic Harbor line holiday cruise around NYC

Cruise along the waterways of New York City aboard a historically inspired ship while you cozy up to your Valentine and watch the sparkling lights of the skyline pass by! Classic Harbor Cruises offers a variety of river-bound experiences where you can get a unique perspective of the city. This Valentine’s Day you can hop aboard their afternoon Statue & Skyline Sightseeing Cruise, or celebrate on the weekend with a romantic sunset sail.

9. Insider Membership

Untapped New York Insiders standing on the employee only catwalk of the NYPL Rose Reading Room

Give your Valentine the key to unlock hidden spaces in New York City with an Untapped New York Insider membership! As an Insider, they will gain access to exclusive member-only events both in-person and online as well as special discounts and access to our video archive of 200+ recorded webinars and livestreams. This Valentine’s Day, Insiders will learn about the lost opera houses of NYC with Untapped New York’s Chief Experience Officer Justin Rivers, go behind the scenes at the Perelman Performing Arts Center, and get a last-chance tour of Frick Madison. See all upcoming events here.

10. Secret New York: Hidden Bars and Restaurants

Hidden bars book

Find the best date night spots in the latest edition of Secret New York: Hidden Bars and Restaurants. With over 150 off-the-radar spots, you’re sure to find a place that your Valentine will love, and probably never heard of!

11. A Nigth at the XR Bar at Artechouse

A hand holds a cocktail at Artechouse
Image Courtesy of Artechouse

A Night at the XR Bar is a special one-night event on February 15th that will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the bar and cocktail menu at Artechouse NYC, a hi-tech digital art space in the basement of Chelsea Market. The evening will be led by the Head Mixologist who will talk about the libations offered and how they tie into the exhibition and conduct cocktail demonstration. Tickets include 2 comped drinks and admission to Artechouse’s latest immersive show, World of AI·magination.

Can’t make it to this special Valentine’s Day event? Grab a ticket to experience World of AI-magination here.

Next, check out 10 Must-See Art Installations to Visit with Your Valentine

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