The best easy-on-the-wallet gifts
There is no doubt that Valentine's Day is met with anxiety and trepidation by New Yorkers hoping to do the night justice. For those budget-conscious romantics or for those of us who need a bit of inspiration, below is a list of some of the best Valentine's Day buys, promotions and things to do Downtown.
A Laugh For Half
Psycho Therapy, Cherry Lane Theatre,
38 Commerce St. (at Bedford St.),
For any couple looking for a night full of laughter, the Cherry Lane Theatre is offering tickets to its current show, Psycho Therapy, at nearly half-price-they have reduced ticket prices from $66 to $36 through Valentine's Day for anyone using the promo code GMPT35. Go and enjoy this humorous three-way love triangle!
For the Shoe Lover's Soul
Camper, 125 Prince St. (at Wooster St.), camper.com.
If you're searching for the perfect gift to accompany the chocolate on Valentine's Day, why not buy your significant other a pair of fashionable heels or sneakers at Camper? They are offering sales ranging from 10 percent to as much as 40 percent off, which means you'll make her-or him-happy without compromising your dinner reservations.
Build Trust for 23 Bucks
Dialogue in the Dark, South Street Seaport (at Pier 17), dialognyc.com; $23.50.
Every good relationship is built on a solid foundation of trust, so take your loved one on an exciting "blind" date. Patrons are guided through some of New York City's most famous landmarks without their primary sense: sight! Your guide will be visually impaired and you'll have a perfect excuse to cuddle up close as you try to navigate the Big Apple with touch, sound, smell and taste.
A Romantic "Summer"
Getaway in February
Openhouse Gallery Park, 201 Mulberry St. (betw. Kenmare and Spring Sts.), openhousegallery.org.
Anyone who has been waiting to marvel at the charm of this chic indoor park needn't wait any longer. Adorned with fake grass and splendid backdrops, the Openhouse Gallery Park provides a warm atmosphere for a summer's day picnic without the potential for discomfort that winter in New York may force upon your outdoor dining plans. Cuddle up with magazines, lunch, candles and some one-on-one time and see what's new to do at the pop-up park.
Bargain V-Day Eats
Greenwich Grill and Sushi Azabu, 428 Greenwich St. (betw. Lincoln Hwy. and Vestry St.), greenwichgrill.com; $55.
Nebraska Steakhouse, 15 Stone St. (betw. Broadway and Broad St.), nebraskasteakhousenyc.com; $65.
If you haven't already, now is the time to sample the delicious Italian-Sushi spot that earned Best New Sushi Restaurant from the New York Times in 2009. The northern Tribeca restaurant is offering a special Valentine's Day prix fixe-a four-course meal plus coffee or tea for $55. If, however, you are looking for a different sort of cuisine, Nebraska Steakhouse is offering a similar prix fixe with a three-course offering and a bottle of wine. Nebraska offers an intimate atmosphere perfect for Valentine's Day.
Fashionable Heart Finds
bit+piece, 246 Mott St. (betw. Prince and Houston Sts.), bit-piece.com.
Smart Valentine's Day buys aren't just found at candy stores and restaurants. Take advantage of the convenient overlap between this romantic holiday and the change in fashion seasons at bit+piece, which is offering as much as 80 percent off select items. You'll be sure to find some great designer clothes for your partner, though much of their selection will cost you over $100.
Trump SoHo, 264 Spring St. (at Varick St.), trumpsohohotel.com; $6,740.
Sometimes money is no obstacle. For those of you looking to put an exclamation point on your shock-and-awe campaign this Valentine's Day, the Trump SoHo has your interests in mind. Their Valentine's Day package includes a private skating lesson at Wollman Rink, couple's spa therapy, a penthouse stay and more guaranteed perfection for the small price of $6,740 per night.
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