$20 and Under (for the 20 and Under)

The Soda ShopPhoto: Kate Attardo

Cake Shop
Far be it from us to encourage underage drinking, but if the bartenders are vigilant, there are always hundreds of records to browse.

At this experimental-art space, rock to the sounds of TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone and express burgeoning artistry on blank plywood.

Thai Market
The décor may be busy, but no more so than the average joint in Bangkok, and entrées that rarely top ten bucks add to the authenticity.

Many of the dishes at this neighborhood Cuban favorite are big enough to share, while the intimate, candlelit dining room makes it feel more romantic than thrifty.

The Soda Shop
Pairs can nibble on homey dishes, like roast turkey, before sharing a banana split in a dark wood-and-stained-glass-parlor setting.

Brooklyn Heights PromenadePhoto: Carmen Lopez and AJ Wilhelm

Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory & Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Brave the cold, grab a cone, and take in the views on a stroll along one of the city’s most scenic stretches.

Cobble Hill Cinemas
Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday this year, which means budget-minded film buffs can take advantage of this Art Deco–styled indie theater’s weekly $6.50 special.

‘Loves of a Blonde’
Kids, remember your student I.D.s to catch Milos Forman at MoMA introducing a screening of his New Wave classic Loves of a Blonde for just $6.

Cotton arrow-heart boxers by Gap.

For Him
Boxers, caramels, DVDs, and more.
For Her
Perfume, lingerie, lip gloss, and more.


Michele Velez, 18, visual-arts and communications major at Fordham.
Alexandre Jallot, 20, international-studies major at Fordham.
Relationship status: Dating since November. Michele lives in the Bronx. Alexandre lives on campus on the Upper West Side.
V-Day criteria: “No roses. Everybody gets roses.”

$20 and Under (for the 20 and Under)