We’ve seen pink and red balloons, mounds of chocolate, and bushels of roses at every corner bodega, which means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Valentine’s Day conveniently falls on a Saturday this year, giving us all plenty of options to celebrate the holiday, whether downing mimosas at a single gals brunch or going out to dinner with a certain someone. Below are our top recommendations of places to eat, activities to partake in, and things to buy this Valentine’s Day.
Maialino, crowned our Best Brunch of 2014, offers the kind of food that you want to share with all of the special people in your life with a romantic, fancy pants ambiance in the Gramercy Park Hotel. Gramercy
The memorable food and ambiance at Lafayette justifies the steeper prices; just don’t forget to order a pastry. NoHo
Little Owl is a magical, cozy little place that has secured a special place in our heart; it feels like home, but serves food fit for a Queen. Prepare for a wait worth our A+ rating and enjoy the West Village surroundings while you do so. West Village
Hotel Chantelle offers a lively bottomless brunch with creative French fare and cheap cocktails (like…$0.92 cheap), perfect for sunny afternoons with great friends. Lower East Side
Poco is perfect for large groups, particularly in regards to price and atmosphere. The ambiance is no frills, but the music is loud and catchy. Come for the generous, bottomless pours from a friendly staff and filling food. East Village
The ambiance, service, and most importantly, the food at Miss Lily’s were authentically Jamaican and equally fun. Don’t worry, be happy, brunch on, Bitches! Greenwich Village
For killer views of the Manhattan skyline, head across the bridge to the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg. We named its restaurant Reynard as the Best Hotel Brunch of 2014. Go for fresh and thoughtful seasonal fare that will have you bragging to your Manhattan posse about your awesome new Brooklyn brunch discovery.
The Bowery Hotel is chic, dark, and exclusive, which all makes for an uber romantic getaway. Better yet, it also has a killer brunch for the morning after. The sidewalk seating, baked eggs, and banana bread at Gemma made this experience noteworthy, with reliable rustic Italian brunch options and a prime people-watching location.
Gifts for the Guys
If you’re searching for a special Valentine’s Day gift for that special man in your life, look no further than some of our curated Bitch shop items.
The featured handcrafted Bull + Moose bow tie above hails from DC and is a fun and festive $35 addition to your man’s V-Day wardrobe.
The Stubble & Stache products are a perfect way to give your man’s facial hair some extra love this holiday. Plus, 5% of profits are donated to support wounded heroes as they travel the road to recovery.
Gifts for your Bitches
These Button studs will please any lady in your life, adding a bit of pizazz to anyone’s earring game and made by one of our favorite local designers in Philly. Buy here, $65.
Breakfast in bed sounds like a perfect way to kick off Valentine’s Day. But first, coffee..which is why we love this special Bitch mug so much! Decorate your morning cup with this gift, here, $18.