CULTURE VULTURE: Valentine’s Day Ideas You’ll LOVE

By Gwen Wunderlich-Smith

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As we sweep away the confetti and brush away another year, let us remind you that this is just the beginning of a dazzling New Year, and we’ve got just what you need to make it your best one yet. Looking for a Valentine’s Day date idea or just a Galentine’s Night Out, we’ve got you covered with where to stay and what to do. Because we never need a reason to get our culture on especially after weekend brunch, we invite you to head uptown where history, fashion and legends await.


In one of the most romantic cities in the world, experience Valentine’s Day like an NYC local when you stay at Hotel Indigo Lower East Side. Ideally located right in the heart of the city’s hip downtown scene, the hotel is an urban oasis that features spacious accommodations and breathtaking Manhattan views. From the moment you walk in, you will be enraptured by the  contemporary artwork inspired by the neighborhood’s roots and eccentric furnishings that express the local flavor and give a voice to the art, street style, galleries, tastes, flavors, libations, sounds, fashions, and people of the L.E.S.


It’s like Sharon Stone’s character from the movie “Casino” should be sitting next to you – this new place drips with so much glamour. In the refined tradition of the legendary Waldorf Astoria New York, Director of Culinary David Garcelon hand-selected a talented team of international chefs with a focus on providing guests with an unmatched Chinese culinary experience. La Chine offers the ultimate experience where Chinese tradition, flavors, and decor meet a modern luxurious Waldorf flair. Grab your friends, get gorgeous, and indulge. Try the
Foie Gras cherries (decadent!) or the Snow Pea Shooters. We are obsessed!   


The Costume Institute is where art meets culture, history, and fashion. The Met brings us an exhibit that delves deep into the heart of our dress-up boxes from our childhood on to Countess Jacqueline de Ribes, the legendary style icon. The exhibit inspires us with her originality and elegance, which established her as one of the most celebrated fashion icons of the 20th century. From haute couture to ready to wear, the personal archive hits home with those of us whose styles developed over the years from such a young age. The exhibit is only open until mid February, so get to it!

The World Famous BOB!

What could possibly be more perfect for Valentine’s Day than watching steamy burlesque performances? The Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque Valentine’s Spectacular features live music with Broadway Brassy and The Brass Knuckles, as well as acts like Dirty Martini, Peekaboo Pointe, Rosie 151, Mr. Gorgeous, Cassandra Rosebeetle, and Aurora Black. Don’t miss Le Poisson Rouge’s bevy of burlesque beauties on February 14th at the Highline Ballroom! It’s so much better than sitting home alone, Bridget Jones-style.


It’s a whole new year, your diet is making you “hangry,” and you are so sick of heart confetti and smooching couples. Head over to Haven Spa on Mercer Street for the 45-minute “Bitch Massage” and get your relaxation on. Designed to  soothe your body and your mind, this massage works to address anxiety, stress, insomnia, irritability, and PMS by using specific strokes, pressure points, stretches, and oil aromas.



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