Love in the City: New York Valentine’s Celebrations

            Wondering what to do with those once glorious photos that show your romance at its peak? The staff at Mr. Purple have the solution for you. On Saturday, February 12th, Mr. Purple is hosting the ultimate anti-Valentine’s Day party. Along with the black balloons, black flowers, and even a black heart wreath behind the bar, guests can bring a picture of their ex-significant other to the bar and get a cocktail in exchange. That’s more than a fair trade as far as we’re concerned.

           Still starry-eyed? Mr. Purple is going all out with two romantic packages on February 14.

     Chalet Package- $300

  • Bottle of Champagne 
  • 2 Appetizers 
  • Chocolate/Cheese Fondue 

Valentine’s day minimums for the chalet will be $150 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Minimums for indoor will be $100 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Guests have the option of selecting the package or just ordering from the regular menu. 

Special menu which includes the following Valentines’ Day offers:

  • Cheese Fondue $45
  • Chocolate Fondue $30  

More Romantic Offerings

The Campbell

            Throughout Valentine’s Day weekend, (2/11 – 2/14), , The Campbell  privately tucked into Grand Central Station, is offering three romantic packages: 

  • 1: Purchase of cheese board: 1/2 priced premium btl of wine, with complimentary chocolate covered strawberries (price varies)
  • 2: Purchase of charcuterie board with 1/2 priced Prosecco, and complimentary chocolate covered strawberries -$71
  • 3: Purchase of one bottle of Veuve, includes a complimentary cheese board and complimentary chocolate covered strawberries – $150

The Crown

Throughout Valentine’s Day weekend, (2/11 – 2/14), The Crown, located atop Hotel 50 Bowery, is featuring a special menu and champagne menu to go along with its stunning 360-degree views of downtown Manhattan. With multiple lounge seating and VIP bottle-service available what better way to celebrate the holiday.

  • Chocolate Strawberries will be available for Valentine’s Day for each couple. (Only on Monday)
  • Anti-chocolate Strawberries with black glitter will be available for anti-valentine’s day (Sat. only). 
  • $175 for Moet and Chandon Rose and their desert charcuterie 
  • $125 for guests staying in the hotel

Special menu:

Bao Bun Board for 2 $65

  • BBQ pork belly 
  • Steam bao buns (unlimited)
  • Assorted yummy sauces 
  • Assorted fresh condiments
  • Spring rolls 

Matcha Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache $13

Nearly Ninth 

During Valentine’s Day weekend (2/11 – 2/14) at Nearly Ninth at the Arlo Midtown, guests can indulge in a specialty cocktail “Love Language” (recipe below) with complimentary Valentine’s Day treats and donuts. 

Make It At Home

Love Language

Rocks glass , rose ice cube , double strain and top of with edible pink rose pedals.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Photos @ Gerber Group

‘Tis the Time for Cuffing Season

“We all know what makes a perfect date location: privacy, ambience and good drinks,” my friend Victoria Cohen tells me. “With cuffing season in full swing – the infamous New York City dating scene is back and better than ever. From fun and flirty – to sultry and classic, the location of a romantic night can make or break your experience. “

For those who don’t know, according to Merriam-Webster, cuffing season refers to a period of time where single people begin looking for short term partnerships to pass the colder months of the year. Cuffing season usually begins in October and lasts until just after Valentines Day. Since we’re already more than a month behind, we’ve better get cuffing.

And, of course, Victoria has suggestions on where to go.

The Crown

Snuggle up with a first (or forever) date atop Hotel 50 Bowery at The Crown. With lo-fi hip hop and cozy couches – enjoy seasonal and classic cocktails with stunning views of Downtown Manhattan, impressive for any date. With light Asian-inspired bites and chic yet calming décor – this hot-spot is the place to be.

The Campbell

Privately tucked into Grand Central StationThe Campbell transports you and your date back to the 1920’s – complete with classic décor, ambient lighting and live jazz on Saturday nights.

The sultry velvet tufted lounge offers delectable appetizers to complement their thoughtfully curated timeless cocktails. Listen to live jazz on Saturday nights or stop in for an after-work happy hour – The Campbell is the perfect spot to get to know someone special. 

Mr. Purple

This it-spot of the lower east side is the perfect place to impress your date or spice things up in your relationship. This winter you can cozy up under the fur-lined blankets in the Veuve Clicquot Winter Chalet pop-up at Mr. Purple. Step into a larger-than-life heated snow globe atop the 15th floor of Hotel Indigo complete with chalet décor, a custom Veuve Clicquot champagne bar, and ambient lighting – this once-in-a-lifetime experience is sure to impress. 

Nearly Ninth

With signature and seasonal cocktails, great food, smooth live jazz performed weekly by Bobby Katz Trio and cozy lounges, Nearly Ninth located inside the Arlo Midtown offers a sophisticated date spot, perfect for a first-meet. 

The clean and classic décor is city-chic while the comfortable couches let guests relax and enjoy private conversations in any of their three spaces: the side-walk level bar, private lounge, and rooftop space.

A Holiday Must: The Veuve Clicquot Winter Chalet at Mr. Purple

         Mr. Purple, a swank rooftop restaurant and bar on the 15th floor of Hotel Indigo in New York’s Lower East Side, is again hosting Veuve Clicquot Winter Chalet.

         As my friend Victoria Collins describes this special pop-up event, it’s a funky apres-ski lodge in the sky with fur-lined seating, ambient lighting and a custom Veuve Clicquot champagne bar inside a magically lit igloo–think the ultimate snow globe experience–one with drinks and food.

         Sip this classic Champagne and nibble on the limited-time menu featuring such foods as a rich cheese fondue as well as other sweet and savory fondues, short rib empanadas, tempura baby zucchini, and pretzel bites while enjoying the all-encompassing views of the city and locally sourced foods as well as the vibrant feel of the pulse of New York.

         Operated by the Gerber Group, the hospitality industry powerhouse, Mr. Purple has garnered high praise from Thrillist and Gotham and is definitely the place to be this holiday season.

         While sipping Veuve Clicquot, give a toast to the Widow Clicquot who after her husband’s death took over his business and ensured that it would become, in time, an international company. The word veuve is French for widow and Barbe-Nicole was only 27 when her husband died in 1805. It was a time where there were few if any French businesswomen and none were allowed to even have a bank account. Yes, we have come a long way.

         But Widow Veuve was audacious and bold. To encourage Napoleon’s Officers to protect her property she gave them bottles of her Champagne and plenty of it. Of course, being on horseback meant the officers couldn’t hold both bottles and glasses. So they jettisoned the glasses and used their swords to cut through the necks of the bottles, a practice now known as sabering according to Tilar J. Mazzeo who described this incident in his book, The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It.   Needless to say, you shouldn ‘t try this either at home or on a horse. Just pop the cork instead please.

         The widow’s bribe worked. The officers got to drink fine Champagne, riding away happy and the Widow Clicquot’s property was safe. The Widow also revolutionized the Champagne industry with her innovations including a way to produce a crystal-clear champagne free of sediments as well as creating the first blended rose champagne and the first registered vintage Champagne. Her dream all those years ago was stated by her plainly in 1831: “I would like my brand to be ranked first in both New York and St. Petersburg”

         We’d say her business plan worked out quite well. But what we really love is another of her famous quotes.

         “Lobster salad and champagne are the only things a woman should ever be seen eating.”

         We can drink to that.

         See you at Mr. Purple.

         Reservations for Veuve Clicquot Winter Chalet, which begins November 15, can be made up to can be made 10 days in advance at https://www.mrpurplenyc.com/.