New York City

10 Valentine’s Date Suggestions in the 5 Boroughs

By Seth Fera-Schanes

We put together 2 date suggestions for each of the 5 boroughs.  Whether you are planning for Valentine’s day or just a weekend outing with that special someone, this list has you covered.


  1. Jazz Tour: Louis Armstrong house –  Located in Corona, Queens you can actually walk around the house where the famous musician lived for almost three decades.  Full Access recommended destination!
  2. Museum of the Moving Image – Childhood nostalgia, geeking out, or whatever you want to call it.  If you are both into tv and movies, then make this a stop on your Valentine’s day outing.


  1. Edgar Allen Poe House – While the famous writer and poet only lived here for a couple years, it is worth a trip to the Bronx to visit this historic little cottage.  Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids and seniors.  Conveniently located off the B,D subway lines.
  2. Italian Food on Arthur Ave – Those in the know head up to the Bronx for a range of Italian food.  Not only are the restaurants great but there are bread bakers, Italian pastry shops and Italian markets.  Full Access Recommended destination!


  1.  Pizza Stop – Di Fara on Avenue J off the Q train.  Started in 1959 and still run by Domenico DeMarco.  If you are going to go, call first because if DeMarco isn’t there, they won’t be open.
  2. Brighton Beach Markets – Tour some of the best Russian markets within the five boroughs.  Check out Taste of Russia, Brighton Bazaar and many others.  Pick up a few traditional foods, some pastries and then head over to the beach boardwalk for a (probaby chilly, it’s February afterall) picnic.

Staten Island:

  1.  Staten Island Museum – Over 125 years old and just a ferry ride away.  Stop by for  1-2 hours and then head over to the botanical garden
  2. Snug Harbor Cultural Center Botanical Garden – Located 2 miles from the museum, get your fill of flowers, artwork and performance art.


  1.  Museum of Sex – Not sure if this is low hanging fruit but our contributing editor Marsha Clarke stopped by their bar and had a pleasurable time.  You can also visit the museum and visit their store on the way out.
  2. Rice to Riches – Gourmet rice pudding right on Spring Street.  This would probably be a stop on your Valentine’s day walking tour or after dinner.  Full Access recommended dessert spot!  Note: you can overnight this treat around the country.  It’s a little pricey to do but worth the reaction from friends and family.   IMG_3135



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