Best New York City Spots to Take Your Valentine’s Day Date

Valentine’s Day is coming in hot! Incase you didn’t know that New York City is packed with approximately 8.4 million people, you need to plan ahead and make a reservation if you want to take your lucky date somewhere nice. With so many great places to choose from, we put our thinking caps on to round up the best of the best places to take your date.

 

The Water Club

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Really knock your Valentine off their feet with breathtaking views of the East River. After you’re done eating a delicious seafood entrée, finish the evening with an old-fashioned apple tart or a bowl of ice cream from the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. Make your reservation sooner rather than later!

 

Lafayette

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If you’re looking for excellent food in a setting inspired by the city of love, Lafayette is what you’re looking for. With multiple hors d’oeuvres and entrée options, you and your date will be dining in elegance while ending the meal with delicious French treats. You’re not the only one who is going to want to take your sweet heart to Paris so, don’t sit on making a reservation.

 

Daniel

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While the food at Daniel is amazing, can we just take a moment to appreciate these beautiful chocolates? If you already have dinner plans, we suggest calling ahead and getting your hands on some limited quantity Bisous Au Chocolat (it literally means chocolate kisses). They’re way too cute to pass up. See the rest of the Valentine’s Day menu here.

 

Romance Under the Stars

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We can’t get over how amazing this idea is. Start your evening out at the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center for Earth and Space sipping cocktails and munching on chocolate while listening to a jazz quartet. Then you and your date can get cozy in the Hayden Planetarium, listening to an astronomer tell sweet love stories based on the mythology of the cosmos. Learn more about the event here.

 

A Taste of Magic: Valentine’s Edition

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We know you’re planning a magical evening. Guarantee it’ll be an awesome evening by getting a reservation at A Taste of Magic. Between each course, magicians walk between the tables to entertain you and your date for an up close and personal experience.

 

Dirt Candy

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No need to fear Valentine’s Day if you’re single. Dirt Candy is hosting “Solo Diner’s Week” from February 9-13th allowing you to still celebrate the holiday without a wingman. The dinner includes six-courses where the dishes come in miniature versions so you can enjoy them all.  Find out more and reserve your spot here.

 

Bloody Valentine’s Weekend 2016

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For those who are deathly in love and want a Valentine’s Day they will never forget, Bloody Valentine is right up your alley. Purchasing your ticket allows you to go any day over Valentine’s Day weekend so you can get your scream on whenever it’s convenient. Purchase your tickets here.

 

Between an evening under the stars or a bloody haunted house, New York definitely has something to offer anyone this Valentine’s Day. And if you’re still in a bind of what to get your Valentine, check out our Valentine’s Day gift guide for some unique ideas!
How are you planning to spend the most romantic holiday? Leave us your V-Day plans in the comments; we’d love to hear about it!

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Bella’s Buzz – Our Favorite Moments from the Big Game

Between the yelling, the food and that halftime performance, we’re still taking in what a crazy time last night was. The game wasn’t as intense as everyone thought it would be, but the commercials sure didn’t disappoint. And even though it wasn’t our home team playing, we had an awesome time celebrating with friends and cheering the two teams on. Here are our favorite moments from last night.

 

Commercials

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Let’s just be honest, football is great and all, but we’re here for the commercials. From the stampede of wiener dogs in hot dog costumes to the Super Bowl babies, there were a ton of great commercials last night. Doritos killed it with their multiple spots like they always do and how do we cast our vote for the Bud Light Party? We’d love to see Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen running things. You can catch up on watching them here.

 

Halftime Show

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Once we heard Beyoncé would be performing, we knew the halftime show was going to be amazing. Pair her with Bruno Mars and Coldplay and you have a very memorable performance. Our favorite was the mash up of all the past Super Bowl halftime shows over the years and the colorful signs the audience raised to spell out “Believe in Love.”

 

Moments

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Speaking of a killer performance, we vote Lady Gaga in for next year’s halftime show. She stole the spotlight when she gave an absolutely beautiful performance of the National Anthem to kick off the game. Sometimes we forget she is classically trained, but we loved that she didn’t hold back last night. As for other big moments, we’ll all have to wait and see if Peyton Manning will retire after winning his second Super Bowl, saying he didn’t want to base his decision on emotions right now. Cam Newton is also facing more criticism as he got upset during post interviews and walked away after only two minutes.

 

The Winner

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While both teams played a great game, the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10 and became the Super Bowl 50 champions! Congratulations to both teams, we were on the edge of our seats all night long.
That wraps up our favorites from last night. We had so much fun watching the game, and definitely ate way too much food throughout the evening. Were you surprised the Broncos defeated the Panthers? Tell us about your Super Bowl highlights in the comments below!

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Snack Ideas for The Big Game

The championship game is just around the corner! And while we aren’t the biggest sports fans, that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to jump on the bandwagon and celebrate the only way we know how, eating an abundance of amazing food. We’ve pulled together the most delicious recipes the Internet has to offer so you can throw a rocking Super Bowl party and impress all your friends with your cooking skills.

 

Halftime Chili

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Who can resist a good hearty bowl of chili during the halftime show?

 

Buffalo Chicken Beer Cheese Dip

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One thing about this day, you can never have enough beer or cheese.

 

Football Pizza Pockets

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Can these little football shaped pizza pockets get any more irresistible?

 

Sriracha-Glazed Chicken

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Wings are a basic staple at any sports party. Spice them up with sriracha for an unexpected kick!

 

Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites

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These buttery pretzels mixed with nacho cheese is almost too good to be true.

 

Walking Tacos

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Your food travels with you and there’s no dishes left behind, win-win.

 

Baked Ham and Cheese Sliders

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Meat, cheese and bread; the beginning to a true love story.

 

Stuffed Cheesy Bread on Crack

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Stuffed cheesy bread – we don’t really need to explain why this is a must.

 

Bacon Wrapped Cheese Hot Dogs

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When a regular hot dog just won’t do.

 

Sports-Dipped Strawberries

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You can’t forget about dessert! These adorable little football chocolate covered strawberries will be a fan favorite.

 

Loaded Funfetti Dessert Nachos

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How amazing are these funfetti nachos?! They will definitely score a touchdown.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Footballs

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It’s safe to say there can never be too many football shaped foods, especially if they’re made out of cookie dough.
Mix and match your favorite snacks so your friends have a variety to choose from. Even better, make your tailgate party a potluck so you get to eat a ton of tasty food without cooking all of it. What are your plans for Super Bowl 50? We want to hear what your plans are, leave pictures in the comment section!

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Sweets for your Valentine’s Day Sweetie – Gift Guide

Love is in the air…well almost. You still have time to pick up some sweet and thoughtful presents for your Valentine. Whether that is yourself, your best friend or your soul mate; we’re hooking you up with the best Valentine’s Day gifts 2016 has to offer. No matter what you decide to buy them (or yourself), they will make you feel showered in love on the most romantic day of the year.

For Your Sassy Ladies

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If you’re going out with your girls for Valentine’s Day, these temporary tattoos will sass up any evening. Whether you love Valentine’s Day or hate it, the Lover’s Pack from Inked by Dani will allow you to express how you really feel in a fun and cheeky way. These temporary tattoos go on in seconds and last about a week. Find the cutest temporary tattoos here.

 

Treats for Your Sweet

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Does your Valentine have a sweet tooth? If so, mature candy will be sure to sweep them off their feet. Designed to be prettier and more sophisticated than regular candy, these are sweet and thoughtful gifts for when you want someone to feel extra spoiled. Sugarfina has a wide variety of treats and offers flavors like champagne gummy bears, martini olives, almonds, sugar lips and more. Get the eight-piece Bento Box here.

 

For the Fancy Man

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Men can be difficult to shop for, especially when it’s the man who has everything. Our best recommendation is to stick with gifts on the corky side that bring out his personality. These whiskey stones are the perfect accent to any guy’s night and makes him feel classy without trying too hard. Bonus, they will chill his drink without watering it down. Get the whiskey stones gift set here.

 

Personalized for Your BFF

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If your bestie is your Valentine this year, show them how special they are to you with a personalized present as one-of-a-kind as they are. These handmade bracelets can be customized with their zodiac sign, favorite emoji and every in between. We won’t tell if you spoil yourself and get one to match. Find the bracelets here.

 

For the Man on the Go

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2015 was the year of the beard and we can only assume the trend will carry well into 2016. If your man has been growing his out, give him the ultimate grooming gift this Valentine’s Day, The Go-Comb. This pocket size tool is metal and the size of a credit card, so it fits in his wallet and he can tame his hair and beard on the go. If you want to get more personal with this gift,  add monogram as a finishing touch. Check out all of their amazing styles here.

 

For When You Want to Pamper Him

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Men should feel just as luxurious and pampered as women, especially when it comes to grooming. To really go the extra mile for your man this Valentine’s Day and make sure his beard is always on point, get him the BlueBeards Original Beard Kit Trio. This gift set includes beard wash, conditioner and a daily moisturizer to keep his beard so fresh and so clean, clean. Bluebeards’ products also help to keep his beard soft, so no scratchy kisses for you. Get the kit here!

 

For the Prettiest Bath Time

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Who says your Valentine can’t have their cake and eat it too? If a more relaxing night in is on the agenda, a spa-like bath is always necessary. Give these gorgeous bath soaks, which are almost too pretty to use, to your special someone and get ready to bathe in delicious scents. Get your sweet chocolate bathtub soaks here.

 

For When You Can’t Make Up Your Mind

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Have you been searching but just can’t find that perfect gift? Give your Valentine a gift card to their favorite store so they can pick their present, and then think of you every time they use it. We suggest a gift card to Ulta, where your lucky Valentine can pick up the newly released Terax Hair Care shampoo and cult-favorite conditioner.
You better get shopping; you don’t want to show up on Valentine’s Day empty handed. Pair any of these presents with flowers and chocolate, and your Valentine will be feeling the love. What is your favorite gift to receive on Valentine’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!

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Bella’s Buzz – What’s Happening in New York in February

New York is the city that never sleeps, which means there’s always something new and exciting happening. Whether you’re looking for a hot date spot for Valentine’s Day or party Fat Tuesday away, don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience and attend some of the best events the Big Apple has to offer. There are definitely a few you don’t want to miss!

The Grand Football Finale

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If you’re a diehard football fan traveling to the city on 2/7, have no fear; you will have tons of options to watch the game. New York has a slew of sports bars in every borough that will be covering the NFL on every TV. This is definitely something that you need to plan ahead for as some bars sell tickets for this event. Check out the best sports bars in NYC to see what they are up to for the Big Game on Sunday.

 

Chinese New Year

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Still not over celebrating 2016? The Chinese New Year is taking place on Monday, February 8th and is sure to not disappoint. With dragon dances, vibrant floats and delicious vendor food, Chinatown will be the place to be. Also make sure you schedule time to attend the Lunar New Year Parade & Festival while you’re in the area.

 

Mardi Gras New York City Style

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If you’re ready to celebrate Mardi Gras, AKA Fat Tuesday, prep your belly for a feast on 2/9. Not only does New York offer rich Cajun cuisine and king cake, but also jazz music performances and the best parties so you can celebrate in style. Grab your beads and your paczkis, it’s going to be one wild Tuesday!

 

New York Fashion Week 2016

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Get excited, New York Fashion Week is almost here! Between all the shows and parties happening February 11th to the 18th, you may think you need to be apart of the elite fashion world in order to join in all the fun. No need to be an insider here, there are a ton of free events taking place that you can get into. From complimentary makeovers to interactive fashion displays, you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of all the action. Check out the full list here.

 

Valentine’s Day

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It doesn’t matter if you are single or with someone special, New York City has plenty to offer everyone. From a romantic dinner under the stars to a bloody Valentine walk through a haunted house, your options on how you choose to spend your weekend are endless. If blood and guts or full romance aren’t on your agenda, you can meet your Valentine for next year by catching one of the many live music performances happening. Just remember that whatever you decide to do, you spread the love everywhere you go!

Whether this is your first time visiting or you’re a New York veteran, there is always something new and fun to discover. Have you been to one of these New York City events? We want to hear about your experience in the comments below!

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