Just do her a kindness.
That’s our official position on Valentine’s Day here at InsideHook.
And doing her a kindness means making plans.
And so, we’ve planned out three separate three-step itineraries.
Where to take her. What to buy her. How to do it.
Mix and match, or follow one in its entirety.
Happy Valentine’s Day.
Nota bene: Should you need gift ideas, we’ve collected a few wonderful and timely items right over here.
Know this, gents: you’re being judged by your flowers. More so for originality than for money spent. Enter Petal By Pedal, a NYC concern ferrying fresh cut blooms from local farms atop charming bicycles. Exactly the sort of thing that gets her co-workers cooing and raises your husband rating. If that’s what you’re, you know, going for.
Spoiler alert: chicks dig the salon. Get her a membership to Vive, the new NYC service that offers unlimited blowouts at top-notch salons across the city. She looks great for the big night, and she’ll think of you every time she goes. Win win.
If you’re gonna do the restaurant thing, that restaurant should be Louro. Chef David Santos is NYC’s reigning heavyweight champ of themed tasting menus, and his seven-courser based on “Tragic Lovers of History” will be one to remember. And not just for the course based on a love story featuring decapitation, heart-removal and corpse-kissing.
Grab the car — you’re headed north to the Ellora Spa & Sanctuary, tucked away in the sleepy hamlet of Lakeville, CT. Massages galore, luxurious treatment packages for her, and, while you’re at it, a “just for men” facial for you. No harm in treating yourself too, pal.
Just a four-minute drive down the road to Salisbury and you’re at the newly restored White Hart Inn, a 200+ year-old farmhouse auberge recently given a $5M makeover. Gorgeous rooms, wall decoration from famed local residents like Jasper Johns, and a restaurant where Michelin-starred Annie Wayte plates up Brit-tinged comfort grub.
If there were a Venn Diagram of classy and naughty, you’d find NYC “discreet pleasure brand” Curriculum Vitae squarely in the middle: toys and unmentionables that she’ll appreciate for their upscale bent and you’ll appreciate … well, because. Grab a “naughty” or “nice” set and surreptitiously set it out on the bed before heading down to dinner. You’re welcome.
Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday, so you can trade overpriced dinner for a solid romance brunch. Do it at Williamsburg’s Nitehawk Cinema, where you can have Brussels sprouts and pancetta hash with craft cocktails ferried to your seat while you take in either Jean Cocteau’s 1946 Beauty and the Beast (for the arty lady) or Pretty Woman (for every lady, ever).
Post-flick, grab a cab into the city and to The Penumbra Foundation, where you’ll be getting a unique piece of V-Day jewelry: a vintage-style tintype portrait (all the rage at Sundance) set in a sterling silver locket. The kind of romantic bauble your great great grandchildren wind up with.
Meal and present handled, time to cap it off with a cocktail. Right around the corner from Penumbra you’ll find the Museum of Sex, where they’re offering special Valentine “aphrodisiac cocktail treatments” as well as their brand new “sensual bath and body kit” (perfect for when you head home).
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