What's the Prime New York Neighborhood for Valentine's Day?

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If you're taking your sweetheart out for dinner tonight, chances are you're looking to spend big bucks and are heading to Lincoln Square. Well, at least that's what statistics say.


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Eight Great Bar and Restaurant Bathrooms for Mid-Course Sexual Escapades

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Getting personal at Peep.
Fellas, ladies, and all of you sexy sons of bitches in between -- today's the big day! If you were hoping to get lucky after dinner this evening, there's no need to stay up all night. In fact, an evening full of longing stares and celebratory libations is bound to put you in the mood by the time you polish off that sexy, aphrodisiac-filled first course. Sometimes, a bathroom buggering is the only answer, and if you're going to make sex in public you might as well make it interesting. The following bar and restaurant bathrooms all offer something -- be it ambiance or amenities -- to make you creme fraiche your jeans. And because we refuse to discriminate against single folk, any of these options would work just as well for a solo go of things. But, you know...maybe don't masturbate in restaurant bathrooms.

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Last Minute Valentine's Day Options in NYC

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Valentine's Day is stressful, and all the coordination, expectation, and overall hub-bub often put a damper on things. And right now, if you've yet to make a plan for the evening (or are in need of a back-up), you're likely feeling panic creep in. We got you. Here is a list of great V-Day events around the city that you can still book, some of which are worthy friend date destinations, too.

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Five Features of a Great Break-Up Restaurant

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Margaritas and dark lighting means it's break up time
I dropped my list of the 10 best restaurants for break-ups in NYC earlier this week, and on Tuesday, I dished out a few tips for finding a break-up restaurant on The Ride Home with Pat Kiernan.

Breaking up is never easy, and finding the right venue for the occasion is important. Here's what I considered when I formed my list.


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The 10 Best Restaurants for Break-Ups in NYC

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Some look at waterside dining for romance...but we see break ups meant to happen
This time of year always brings out New York's mushy side when it comes to dining out: Which restaurants have the most romantic view? Which restaurants have the best decor? Which place has a wait staff I can trust who can keep my engagement ring on ice until I give the signal?

But what about restaurants for those who want to ditch their significant other before the day of love? For every adorable corner bistro packed to the brim on Valentine's Day in this city, there's an equally suitable setting for an unhappy ending. For those who can't bear to take their relationship to the next level and are ready to throw in the towel, here are 10 New York restaurants where breaking up isn't that hard to do.


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Valentine's SOS: Forgot to Book Your Table? 11 Worthy Options

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It needen't come to this.
Valentine's day is largely about sex, and sex, in primates, is largely about competition. And right now, if you haven't booked a table for Friday's day dinner, you've been bested by super-organized, type-A New Yorkers and devoted hopeless romantics, who booked every good seat in town a month ago.

But while you may not be getting into Sushi Nakazawa, NoMad, or the River Cafe, this city still affords choices aplenty for sweet romance over dinner, and we've rounded up an array of options for every taste where, most importantly, reservations are still available.

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Takeout Your Valentine's Meal Part Deux: Pairings

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Have a few drinks to loosen up, but go at your own pace. Don't want to end up like this guy.
You have a plan for Tuesday and now you're ready to stick with it. Ready for your next assignment? Beverage pairings!

No romantic meal is complete without a little (or a lot) of booze, and picking the right hooch is a nice touch. We've co-opted a handful of professionals who've thought long and hard to coordinate just the right alcohols to make your dinner a little more special. Choose one to take you through the meal, or pick up all of the accompaniments. Just don't get sloshed. As our consultant Lawrence Skrivanek says, "The dinner is ending, but the night IS NOT!!!!!!!!!!"

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Takeout Your Valentine's Day Meal

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Go balls-to-the-wall with your lovers favorite takout on V-Day.
​There's something to be said for shelling out $100 plus per person for luxury ingredients and romance, but sometimes it's better to just eat at home, for a number of reasons. A) It's cost-effective and the economy sucks. B) You can control the setting and light as many candles and roses as you'd like. C) It's a shorter distance to lead your date from the dinner table into bed. However, cooking a huge, impressive meal...well that could just be a disaster.

Instead of messing up your kitchen, make a few strategic stops and let New York's restaurants do the heavy lifting this year. If your date digs panini, why not go the extra step and pick up a few from their favorite shop. Then top it off with a killer dessert, and maybe a well-curated glass of wine or two.

If this sounds like another big project, don't worry. We've taken the guesswork out of creating a memorable meal. Whether it's an Italian feast or Chinese dinner, we have a plan to help you out in this two-part VDay series. Just pick the feast of your choice, then hold your breath for tomorrow's follow-up: beverage pairings hand-picked by a series of special guest wine aficionados, including L'Artusi's Joe Campanale and Noble Media's Jonathan Cristaldi.


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Roasting Plant: Best Valentine's Day Cookies on the West Side?

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While browsing online for Valentine's Day cookie options, I stumbled upon a Serious Eats post from 2010 in which Roasting Plant's cookies were crowned as the best chocolate chip cookies in New York City. I was skeptical. In fact, with Levain Bakery, Blue Ribbon Bakery Market, Milk & Cookies Bakery, and a branch of Birdbath as just some of its competition, I wasn't even sure it was the best cookie option on the West Side of Manhattan, much less the entire city.

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