MSLK’s Places to Love

Valentine’s Day is officially a week away, so it’s time to get started crafting the perfect plans for romance and fun on the 14th.

At MSLK, we don’t believe that Valentine’s Day is only about red wine, romance and roses. It should be a day dedicated to spending time with the people in your life that you love. It’s a day to head out and appreciate your surroundings. The studio has compiled a list of some of our favorite places in New York to help you plan the perfect night — whether you are on a date or hitting the town with friends.

Gorge yourself at Dylan’s Candy Bar
The FAO Schwartz of candy. Dylan’s Candy Bar carries vintage and hard-to-find favorites for the kid in everyone.
1011 Third Ave.

Escape for a Secret Rendez-Vous at PDT (Please Don’t Tell)
Enter PDT through the hidden door in the phone booth at Crif Dogs.
113 St. Marks Pl.

Forget the Same Old Bar Filled with Sad Singles
Head to Williamsburg’s Barcade for a great and affordable beer selection. Drink while you play classic arcade video games. Remember your quarters!
388 Union Ave, Brooklyn

Sing Your Heart Out
Karaoke time for all you love birds! Head to Sing Sing downtown to belt one out.
9 St. Marks Place.

Treat Yourself to Some R&R at Great Jones Spa
Life doesn’t really get any better than then relaxing at the Spa.
29 Great Jones Street.

Grab a Burger and a Gourmet Milkshake

We highly recommend the Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake at Stand. It contains real pieces of toasted marshmallow!
24 East 12th Street.

Have a Martini While You Get A Manicure
The Beauty Bar has a “Martini and Manicure” happy hour every Wed- Sun.
231 E. 14th St.

Strike Out on a Date? Get a Spare!
Bowl at the city’s coolest bowling alley. The Gutter in Brooklyn has all the charms of a vintage bowling alley without the creepy old men. They also have a great bar!
200 N. 14th St., Brooklyn.

Give Jewelry as Unique As Your Date Is
Go to Edge*nyNOHO, a unique store that showcases the (affordable) work of emerging fashion, jewelry and accessory designers under one roof.
65 Bleecker Street.

Head into Queens For the Best Thai Food in New York City
Sripraphai is an MSLK favorite for sure. It’s a trek out to Woodside Queens, but the dishes make it worth the journey.
64-13 39th Ave., Queens.

Forget the hangover. Head to Chocolate Bar
Located in the West Village, Chocolate Bar has great hot chocolate and awesome truffles with graphic patterns. Buy a few treats for your date, the chocolates are packaged in a great orange and brown boxes!
48 Eighth Ave.

Have a NYC Moment, Go Ice Skating in Central Park

Forget riding on those stupid horse carriages, glide around the park’s rink on your own two feet.
59th Street and 5th Ave.

PDA with NYC Style
Make-out on the subway! Relax, it’s a holiday dedicated to lust. Extra points if you are on the 1/2/3/ or 7 trains (red and pink!).

See Beautiful flowers That Aren’t Wrapped in all that Over-priced Tissue Paper and Plastic
While it may be a bit chilly outside on Valentine’s Day, when the cherry blossoms are in bloom in April, there is no where more romantic than the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Regardless of the weather, BBG’s indoor environments offer visitors a pleasant respite from even the coldest of days.
900 Washington Ave, Brooklyn.

Eat Cheese Before the Chocolate
If you are going to spurge, you must start with some great cheese. Williamsburg’s Bedford Cheese Shop has a great selection with old-fashion charm. While your there, grab a jar of McClure’s gourmet pickles.
229 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn.

Take a Quintessential New York Walk— A Bridge and Pizza
Classic and romantic! Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge to the Brooklyn’s Promenade. Enjoy the skyline (sunset!) and then pig out on Pizza at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria right under the Brooklyn Bridge.Now that’s Amore!
19 Old Fulton St, Brooklyn.

Fondue For Two
By this point it must be apparent that we love cheese and chocolate. Head to Fondue on the upper East Side to indulge in the fun of dipping into melty delights!
303 E. 80th St.

We hope you are now fully inspired to go out there and LOVE Valentine’s Day this year. Please add comments with additional suggestions below.