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Q: Any ideas for V-Day, beyond chocolates and flowers?


A: How about candlelight, aromatic oils, and simultaneous massage? At Osaka (575-1303), you and your loved one will start with a cleansing steam and proceed to a room with side-by-side shiatsu mattresses ($200 for two).

  • If you're worried about the moment getting lost in transport, Healing Hands (486-1122) will send two massage therapists right to your apartment and set up adjacent tables.

  • Daniel Salon (517-4566) offers a sensual hot-oil scalp massage and conditioning treatment in a private room ($150 for two). You'll finish with blowouts, so that you'll be reaching for each other's hair before you're out the door.

  • Care for each other's hearts -- literally -- with a dual personal-training session ($75; $100 for nonmembers) from the Equinox gym (780-9100).

  • Or focus on nothing but your loved one at Restaurant 222 (222 West 79th Street; 799-0400), where you can book the intimate Butterfly Room (maximum capacity: four) for just the two of you. A four-course dinner, including goose-and-duck foie gras with Swedish lingonberries, rack of lamb, and a rose for every woman, is $99. (If it's booked -- it wasn't at press time -- make a reservation for your anniversary.)


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