#SequinSelects - Romantic Inspiration for Valentine's Day in NYC
New York offers so many opportunities for couples & singles to do something fun and rom-com worthy on Valentine's Day, but at Sequin we like to seek out the unique, unexpected and especially beautiful options! We've compiled a list of activities, destinations and gifts that we think would make this February 14th one to remember...
Go Beyond Red Roses with an Arrangement from the Heart
Yes, sure, who would say no to long-stemmed roses? But we'd prefer to take a page from the supremely talented style star Taylor Tomasi Hill, one-time editrix and director of ecommerce at Moda Operandi. She currently only does arrangements for events with her newest business venture, TTH Blooms, but scan her amazing Instagram feed and you'll find inspiration to do like Taylor does, selecting fresh blooms first thing in the am from the Chelsea Flower District and coming up with something rustic, rambling and somehow perfectly balanced. Single ladies, get together with your girlfriends, pick your flowers and have a floral design V Day party or brunch!
Make Macarons with a French Pastry Chef
Mille Feuille Bakery offers in-depth classes on how to make Mille-feuille, croissants, eclairs and macarons! Learn from a master and take home a box of your creations... this is a fantastic skill to then practice at home. We're pretty positive that your significant other will be very appreciative, so this is a Valentine's treat that keeps on giving all year round. And, if you can't make the class, just pick up some sweet treats for VDay dessert - la patisserie de Mille Feuille est magnifique!
Dinner for 2, It's a Cliche 'Cause It's True
On our list of restaurants to try is Tribeca's One if by Land, Two if by Sea - it's an NYC institution and claims "more people have announced their engagement here than in any other restaurant in Manhattan." It's also been named the most romantic restaurant in NYC by many magazines, including Conde Nast Traveler. We wouldn't normally be so interested in such an old-school venue with so much hype BUT this place is an amazing mix of modern and vintage. With cathedral ceilings, a view of the garden and a fresh menu and wine list, this restaurant seems to merit its reputation. Bonus: the restaurant is a restored carriage house originally built in 1767 and is said to be haunted by some "friendly" characters that inhabited the building over the past few centuries. If the chemistry is right, this place will surely set the mood.
The Hayden Planetarium hosts a special Valentine's evening called "Romance Under the Stars" - complete with champagne, hors d'ouevres, chocolates and a lecture by two historians with "an unforgettable view of the night sky and some stellar romance stories from the ancient past."
Cocktails to Die For
If you're keeping it cool with a new flame or just making the 14th a fun girls night out, consider Death & Company, a downtown mixology destination. This place keeps it intimate with a strict limit on occupancy, so even if you have to deal with the sassy hostess as you wait your turn, once you're inside you'll appreciate having a seat and the ability to carry on a real conversation. And then there's the cocktails... most are old-school recipes that surprise and delight. Watch the bartenders, or should we say mixologists, do their magic and then experience the perfect cocktail, in the perfect glass, with the perfectly placed garnish. You're going to want to document this experience, as the moody lighting and gorgeous glassware is begging to be Instagrammed!