Chill in a cracked-leather banquette at this handsome LES bar that doubles as a gallery.
• KGB Bar
Let the ghosts of Marx and Lenin inspire some intellectual discussion.
Located on the mezzanine of a DIY-minded art studio and shops facility, Rebar offers Mediterranean bar snacks and a modest organic-wine list.
WHERE TO EAT
• The Bar Room
This section of the Modern, MoMA’s restaurant, is a sophisticated but hipper option than the formal, stately dining room.
• Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
The down-home menu is fine, but the live jazz and stunning views of Central Park are the real draws here.
• The Half King
Sebastian Junger’s photo-laden bar serves up surprisingly good grub in an informal, rustic setting.
WHAT TO DO
The woozy Pan-ethnic sound of this Brooklyn band exudes the appropriate sensuality.
• ‘Valentine’s Day’
Don Kraus’s quirky indie comedy is fittingly wink-wink funny.
• Book-Making Workshop
McNally Robinson’s DIY class is a sweet, offbeat way to work on some quality time.
• ‘The Band’s Visit’
This Cannes favorite is perfect for those with a mutual love of music and movies.
THE URBANE SCENESTERS
Anya Cherneff, 24, works for Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, a nonprofit.
Bennett Cohen, 24, works for ConsumerPowerline, an energy asset-management firm.
Relationship status: Dating for one year and three months. Both live separately in Williamsburg.
V-Day criteria: “Low-key places where we can hear each other talk.”