Last-minute Valentine’s Day dates
The Rink at Rockefeller Center welcomes you.
Credit: Claudia Ficca
If you still don’t have any idea how to woo your significant other this evening, fear not: These ideas are sure to impress (except maybe one of them…we’ll let you guess which).
Spin the rink
The holidays may be over, but The Rink at Rockefeller Center is no less romantic. Sign up for the Dine and Skate package ($75 per person), where you and your sweetie will be greeted by a personal skate concierge to give you skating tips, mulled wine, hot cocoa and Valentine’s Day baked goodies by Pastry Chef Michael Gabriel. After your skate, warm up at the Sea Grill, where you can dine on a special three-course Valentine’s menu featuring roasted lobster with bouillabaisse broth and vermicelli rice noodles ($79 per person).
Take a cooking class
Who better to learn kitchen skills from than David Bouley? Tonight, the esteemed chef is teaching four- and six-course meals at Test Kitchen (88 W. Broadway, 212-964-2525) . Those who sign up for the Valentine’s Day Cooking Class ($275) will learn how to prepare a four-course meal and leave with recipes and ingredients. Bouley is also leading a Cooking Class and Dinner for Two ($650, wine pairings $125 per person), where couples will learn how to prepare a six-course feast before sitting down to enjoy it themselves. Call 212-965-2525 to sign up.
Another option: The Institute for Culinary Education’s Valentine’s Day classes, which at press time were not yet sold out. Take your sweetie to tonight’s Champagne gala, tomorrow’s classes on Italian cooking and sweets or Saturday’s steak cooking class (which any guy, we assume, would be down for). http://rec.iceculinary.com
Sail the seas (er, Harbor)
World Yacht has two packages available for sea-loving lovers: The Sweetheart package ($99 per person) includes a four-course sit-down dinner, private table, a DJ’ed music and a rose for all couples. Splurging on the Romance package ($139 per person) gets you a four-course sit-down dinner, private table, live music, rose, champagne toast and Godiva chocolates. Cruises set sail tonight, tomorrow and Saturday at 7 p.m. Book your tickets online at www.worldyacht.com.
Have a night at the theater
Megan Sipe and her company, Dancing Fish, present two celebratory dance performances, capped off with a chocolate tasting. The first, “AHY-DUH-HOH-UHN” (sound it out) is a humorous solo piece performed by Sipe about her experiences in the Northwest state, and it’s a mix of song, dance, stories and mini-cupcakes — hooray! The second piece, Chocolate Dances, is an interactive dance performance where audience members are invited to come onto the stage to taste handmade chocolates that correspond with the different dances shown — double hooray!
Thursday-Sunday, The Drilling Company, 236 W. 78th St. (3rd fl.)
Tickets ($15) available at http://dancingfish.brownpapertickets.com
Need a gift, stat?
The folks at Godiva know you waited until the last minute to get pick up a present, so they’ve set up a truck to bring their chocolate to you. Where to find it today:
8-10 a.m.: Madison Avenue & 42nd Street (SW corner)
1:30-2 p.m.: Park Avenue & 23rd Street
4:30-7 p.m.: Broadway & 67th Street
But please, don’t take us here
We’re not even sure why this is an option, but tonight, White Castle is converting its restaurants into “Love Castles.” Diners get a specialty menu plus tableside service and the option to send a “CravEcard” to their unlucky — er, lucky, we’re sure — date. Reservations (!) can be made by calling 718-899-8404 ext. 304.
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