• 11 Unique Valentine’s Day Date Ideas in Hoboken, Jersey City, + Beyond

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    Since February is such a love-filled month {and one where we may be itching to get outdoors, eagerly awaiting spring}, it’s a good time to plan a fun and romantic date night — or extended weekend — with your partner or pals. Local places are offering lots of Valentine’s Day specials, but we’ve rounded up some of the unique date spots and ideas in our area, in addition to a few other venues if you want to think outside-the-box this year. Read on for some totally unique date ideas to make Valentine’s Day one to remember in Hoboken, Jersey City, and beyond.

    Rooftop Igloo at Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten

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    {Photo courtesy of @apbiergarten}

    This Valentine’s Day, take a mini trip DTS and book a rooftop igloo at the Asbury Park Biergarten for the “Private Champagne Igloo Under the Stars” event, featuring three seatings at 5:00PM, 7:00PM, and 9:00PM. $120 per couple will get you a four-course prix fixe meal, one bottle of Veuve, and a rose.

    dineDK Private Dining

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    {Photo courtesy of @dinedk}

    This boutique private dining company uses seasonal, on-trend menus and Michelin star chefs to create food for anything from a large dining event at a venue to a charming dinner party for two right in your own home. Picks off the seasonal winter sample menu include sunchoke agnolotti, 24-hour short ribs with a Brussels sprout “fondue,” and apple s’mores – check out the website for more info on how to book your next date-night dinner.

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    NYONair Helicopter Ride 

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    {Photo courtesy of @nyonair}

    To spice up the next date night, check out NYONAir’s private helicopter rides over the Hudson including the “Love is in the Air” Valentine’s Day package, which is offered from February 14th-February 19th. The package includes a helicopter flight over NY that will take off from the NYON terminal in Kearny, NJ as well as a post-flight champagne toast in the “Love Lounge,” chocolates, and one long stem rose.

    Rooftop at Exchange Place

    Featuring a retractable glass roof and an awesome view of the skyline {this is their lobby pictured!}, Rooftop XP is located right in the heart of the Exchange Place area of Jersey City along the waterfront. Check out the tempting cocktails and menu selections like charcuterie, burgers, and tacos {as well as brunch selections}, and enjoy occasional live music for beautiful dining with ambiance. This week, it’s jazz!

    Café Archetypus

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    {Photo courtesy of @archetypus.cafe}

    This unique eatery in Edgewater is set up with lots of private dining “caves” carved into the wall, perfect for an intimate night out. Featuring casual dinner fare like quesadillas, French bread pizzas, and salad bowls, the major draw here is dessert {so leave room}, with a whole page of ice cream, cheesecake, and Ghirardelli brownie sundaes to choose from. With sundaes like the Coyopa {banana and vanilla ice cream with fudge, caramel, and crushed potato chips}, get two {or more} varieties and share – you will thank us.

    Wine Tasting at Bin 14

    Bin 14

    Always a great locale for wine options, check out Bin 14’s large format wine tasting event on February 23rd from 2:00PM-4:00PM {large format = larger bottles with more complexity and a longer aging process, aka super tasty}. A ticket for the event is $75 per person and all wines are paired with a three-course tasting menu. For a more traditional dinner, Bin is also offering a special Valentine’s Day menu on February 14th, complete with wine pairings.

    Liberty House Restaurant

    This elegant venue along the Hudson always guarantees a good meal and fine dining.  Check out the Love Potions class on Wednesday, February 13th, a make-your-own cocktail class for $45 that also provides some light bites for munching. Liberty House will also have a three-course Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu from February 14th – February 16th at $89 per guest – check out the appetizing noms like an oyster sampler, jumbo crab stuffed Chateaubriand, chocolate fondue for two, and more.

    See More: Galentine’s Day 2019 Celebrations in Hoboken + Jersey City

    Galentine’s Day at ArteVino

    Arte Vino

    {Photo courtesy of @artevinostudio}

    This Hoboken paint + sip studio is constantly offering unique painting options at its Monroe Center studio. Grab a bottle of your favorite wine at Cheese+Wine below, and relax and enjoy the night of arts and crafts.

    15 Fox Place 

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    This Jersey City dining experience is perfect for a cozy dinner party that will make you feel right at home – in someone else’s home, that is. Diners at 15 Fox Place will experience a variety of delicious Italian dishes in one of the many dining areas of the house, all prepared right in the home’s kitchen {a sample menu for dinner is sent out the week before you dine, and gluten-free is accommodated). Bring your appetite for a 15-20 course meal {you read that right} of small plates and entrees, and BYO the bev of your choice – just make sure you get your reservations in early as space is limited and spots do fill up fast.

    Valentine’s Dinner at Laurita Winery

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    {Photo courtesy of @lauritawinery}

    For those willing to make the 1-hour+ drive to Laurita, this picturesque, sprawling winery is perfect for celebrating any holiday.  Valentine’s Dinner will be offered on February 14th and February 15th from 7:00PM-9:30PM for $65, which includes a four-course meal and no shortage of wines to choose from. For an overnight stay check out the adorbs inn at Laurita which includes a fire pit and complimentary homemade breakfast in the AM.

    A Weekend at Woodstock Way Hotel

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    The Catskills are just a short drive for a wonderful weekend getaway, and Woodstock Way is offering a special Valentine’s Day night stay and dinner for two for $325. Dinner is at nearby restaurant Silvia which includes a four-course meal {plus an oyster course – yummm}.

    Have you been on a date to one of these awesome places? Let us know in the comments!


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    Lauren originally hails from Nutley, NJ but is happy and proud to have called Bayonne her hometown for the past 5 years, where she can always find a beautiful park to walk or run in and a great place to eat. Lauren has a deep appreciation for a good bar, a great glass of red wine, and good food, and often frequents Jersey City for dining, where she worked for 4 years. Now working in NYC, Lauren still gets her Jersey City fix on the weekends or after work, and then goes back to her apartment where she lives with her husband, a Bayonne native, and her awesome kitty, Lola. You can also find her at yoga class in Jersey City or Hoboken, writing, or reading {and continually running out of space for all of her books} in her spare time.


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