• Larry Lawrence
The unmarked neighborhood joint offers a great happy hour and is still quiet enough for intimate lo-fi conversations.
This cozy enoteca sets the mood without breaking the bank, and the extensive wine list is perfect for a kickoff aperitif or an end-of-the-night toast.
• My Moon
The plush Turkish décor invites reclining, while the rotating exhibition space serves as a perfect backdrop for art lovers.
WHERE TO EAT
• D.O.C. Wine Bar
At this humble Sardinian restaurant, hearty appetizers like the fontina-drizzled mortadella are under $10 and ideal for sharing.
Old-world charm abounds at this knickknack-y bistro, full of candles and faded French heirlooms.
The Japanese bar/restaurant hybrid has a sleek, dimly lit back area with mini-couches built for two.
WHAT TO DO
Spend a couple of hours scoring funky finds for the love nest (Danish lounge chairs, taxidermy) at this charmingly “vetted” junk shop.
• Mercury Lounge
Seeing uproarious pop act Leslie and the Ly’s at this classic music-venue is the prefect excuse to visit an old haunt…together.
• Zach’s Dance Loft
Shake, shimmy, and learn a few new moves at this salsa party, complete with complimentary cheese, wine, and beer.
Lauren Engel, 33, writer/comedian.
Mark Alhadeff, 34, actor/musician.
Relationship status: Together six years. Planning a wedding for March 8. Living in Williamsburg.
V-Day criteria: “If you’re going to spend money, you want it to be nice.”