Best Restaurants To Take Your Significant Other Out For Valentine’s Day (in NYC)

In light of Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I thought it would be nice to share with you guys some of my suggestions for what I think are some of the best, romantic looking places in NYC to take your significant other for that special day.

And regardless of whether you’ll be celebrating it on the day of, or waiting until the weekend to do something, I think the suggestions I’m going to mention in a moment are nonetheless cute places to go to for a date night sort of thing with your significant other.

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Side Note: If the types of foods served at the restaurants I’m going to mention all are similar and/or the same, that’s completely coincidental. When Diego and I go out and find these places, we’re not actually looking for any sort of particularly cultured food, it just so happens that a lot of them tend to be similar.

Now, in no particular order, here are my recommendations:

  1. Almond Restaurant

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Location: East 22nd street, near Madison Square Park.

Type of food served: Bistro, French comfort food.

Ambience: Rustic, dim lit and comfortable feel.

Diego and I had come here for a date night of ours, without actually having it in mind to dine at. We kind of just stumbled upon it one night when our original dinner plans fell through, BUT, I’m kind of glad we ended up here. It was super cozy, good food and not that expensive either. Service was good, and it definitely had a romantic feel to it with the dim lighting and candles on the tables.

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2. Haven Rooftop

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Location: West 47th Street, on the rooftop of the Sanctuary Hotel, near Times Square.

Type of Food Served: French influenced dishes.

Ambience: Cabana styled, glassed-in rooftop spot.

I actually took Diego here for the first birthday that I had spent with him when we got together. He had mentioned to me that he really wanted to celebrate his birthday on some sort of rooftop, and since I know he’s not necessarily the party type, I did my research, found this spot and figured why not take him to a late lunch/early dinner at this popular rooftop spot?

The food was really good, and since they were just switching over from lunch to dinner, we ended up being some of the first guests here and had the place to ourself. And although I remember it being a fairly gloomy day when we came, the views from the top were still really great. Diego’s birthday is in April, so it was still pretty cool outside, but it’s closed in by glass, so it was still comfortable.

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3. Molo’s Restaurant 

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Location: Weehawken, New Jersey. Definitely on the far side compared to all the other places I’m mentioning, but 100% worth the trip if you decide to come here.

Type of Food Served: Mediterranean eatery, specializing in seafood.

Ambience: Modern, upscale riverfront with an AMAZING view of the city.

Probably one of the, if not THE most beautiful and romantic ones I can recommend. I brought Diego here for his birthday 2 years ago and it legit left an imprint on us…I don’t typically care for seafood, but I know that he does, so I figure why not?

It was about an hour and a half drive but generally it was nice to be able to listen to music and talk. And the location itself was stunning. I remember we had arrived about half hour early, so we got to walk along this boardwalk type thing and take pictures, which was really nice. And then when we finally got to be seated, we managed to get a seat right by the window which was absolutely beautiful to see the view of the city, especially since it was late afternoon and we got to watch the sunset from inside.

The servers were super nice, quick and helpful and the food was good. Although I should mention that this is more on the pricier side, but regardless think it was 100% worth every penny. If you can, I definitely recommend checking this place out.

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4. And finally, Serra by Birreria

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Location: this is another rooftop location atop Eataly in the Flatiron district, right near Madison Square Park.

Type of Food Served: Italian cuisine, house brewed ales and high-end imported beer.

Ambience: At the moment it’s sort of like a themed pop-up restaurant, in that, it’s supposed to make you feel like you’re taking a trip to the Italian Alps, while also being in a Winter Wonderland sort of feel.

I suppose this is kind of cheating to some extent, because we haven’t actually tried this place just yet (we’re supposed to be going next Monday). BUT,  I found this place online and read some pretty great reviews on it. It’s apparently a pretty popular place. It seems to have some pretty good food options, and personally, I think it looks to be a pretty romantic and/or comfortable setting regardless of whether you go with a significant other or friends. I can’t wait to be able to check it out next week and actually give you guys my full opinion on it!! (Stay tuned for that 😉 )

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I could literally probably go on FOREVER giving you guys suggestions of restaurants Diego and I have gone to and loved, but I think (thus far) these 4 are probably the most romantic-feeling ones that I can recommend with Valentine’s Day approaching.

*Also, all of these places take reservations, and they’re all available on OpenTable to be able to do that if you’re interested.*

I really hope you guys enjoyed this post, and that it helped you in some way, shape or form, whether you’re celebrating it on the day of, or just looking for some nice new restaurants to try out.

Also, I’m really sorry that things like this are subjected to the New York area only, but it is where I’m from and that’s all that I REALLY know.

Once I begin to travel a little more soon, I’ll be able to suggest more to you guys for things and places outside of New York.

But nonetheless, as I said, I hope you enjoyed. Please like, share, comment and follow and I’ll see you guys in my next post! ❤

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤

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Top 10 Favorite Inspiring Quotes

For today’s post, I wanted to share with you guys some of my absolute favorite motivational/inspiring quotes.

I’m a BIG fan of inspiring quotes. I’m that type of person that whether for the heck of it or for a picture, I’m constantly looking up and reading inspiring quotes. I mean, why not? It’s fun, and personally, it actually does end up making me feel REALLY motivated/inspired.

I’m sure you guys have seen or heard some of these before, or different versions of these but still, I figure why not share them with you guys in hopes that it’ll end up inspiring you and/or becoming a favorite of yours?!

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With that being said, here they are in no particular order:

  1. “Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.” – Babe Ruth

2. “Know what sparks the light in you. Then use that light to illuminate the world.” – Oprah Winfrey

3. “Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.” – Roy T. Bennett

4. “If you want to be successful in this world, you have to follow your passion, not a paycheck.” – Jen Welter

5. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius

6. “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

7. “You might not write well everyday, but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” – Jodi Picoult

8. “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight, but no vision.” – Helen Keller

9. “The secret of making dreams come true can be summarized in four C’s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage and constancy; and the greatest of these is confidence.” – Walt Disney

10. “The world is a book and those who do not travel, read only one page.” St. Augustine

BONUS: A posse ad esse, which is Latin for From Possibility to Actuality.

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All of these quotes really mean a lot to me, because at some point or another, they helped me get through a tough time…kind of weird to think about right? How a few words from someone I don’t even know, could help me? But it’s the truth.

There’s something about them all, individually, that if I’m having a bad or un-creative/productive sort of day, they somehow manage to help me find my way back to everything it is that I’m working towards and helps the creativity begin to flow again…

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and that somehow or another it inspired you.

Leave me a comment down below or on social media about what YOUR favorite motivating/inspiring quote is. Do we have any of the same? Are they completely different? Let me know, I’d love to hear them! 🙂

Please follow, like, share and comment and I’ll see you guys in my next post!

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PS – Sorry for being a bit m.i.a. with the blog lately, there’s just been A LOT going on recently in my work and personal life. But I hope you guys can bare with me, and I promise to go back to my normal consistency. I hope you guys are going to enjoy the next couple of posts coming your way! 🙂

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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The Road To Success

In light of the new year just (for the most part) beginning and everyone creating vision boards for their goals, making new resolutions for the year, etc., I’ve been thinking a lot about the road to success.

What exactly is the Road to Success and how do you get to it? Does it always work? Is it the same for everybody? Will what works for me, work for you as well? What exactly is the key to success and achieving all of these goals for the year that you’re setting for yourself?

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Robert Frost once said, ” Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” In other words, do what you don’t see others doing. Be different. Be bold. Be unique. Do what feels best for yourself.

So, to answer my earlier questions, I think the way that you get it and/or find it is completely up to you. I think if something works for you, then you should continue to do that thing until you are shown otherwise. And I do not think the same tactics you use for yourself to succeed will work on everyone else.

With that being said, everybody works differently, does things differently in general, etc., so what works for me, MAY work for you, but there’s also a big chance that it may not, and that goes for everything. And even if it DOES work for you, chances are, somehow or another, you tweaked it in some way, shape or form to your own liking (which is okay!).

I could very easily tell you what I consider to be the Road to Success, or what I think it is anyway, but it would just solely be based off of my own personal experiences, preferences, etc. so there’s really no right or wrong answer for what it actually is.

I do, however, WANT to tell you guys what I think are steps to getting to the Road to Success because it may inspire you to follow those steps but have a different and even better outcome then my own, or even just create your own steps for how to get there.

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Ultimately, I think the Road to Success is what you make of it for yourself. It’s whatever makes you feel right inside and happy.

So, personally, these are a few of the things I’ve done to make sure that within myself, I’ve succeeded at what I’m doing, or at the very least, am on my way to reaching success…

  1. Find what it is that you’re most passionate about.
  2. Once you’ve found that thing, just do it….A LOT.
  3. Read about it, learn about it in different aspects, and learn ways to perfect it.
  4. Actually try to perfect it.
  5. Do not let the thoughts or opinions of others bring you down for what you’re trying to do (it’s easy to be intimated by people’s opinions, but it’s always going to be a learning process, and no one can judge you for that and/or take that away from you).
  6. Take criticism with a grain of salt. Constructive criticism is always welcomed (or should be), but some people like to criticize without actually having any real insight on what it is you’re saying/doing. So, hear them out, take what they’re saying and try to use it in a positive way to better yourself.
  7. Always focus on the goal(s), that which ultimately is to succeed in whatever it is that you want to do, and don’t let anything get in the way of that.

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Those are a few of my steps to finding and achieving the Road to Success, to some degree. I’m sure there are PLENTY of others, but at the moment, those are the only ones that I can think of.

But, one of the most important things I think that there is to truly keep in mind about the Road to Success, is that it’s always under construction and will be a work in progress.

There’s always going to be something you can do to make what you’re passionate about, better. It also doesn’t happen overnight, and does NOT come easily. But that’s okay, because nothing worth having comes easy.

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Just something to keep in mind/think about amid the start of the new year.

I hope that this post inspired you in some way, shape or form and motivated you to want to start your journey of seeking the Road to Success. I also hope that one day, whether soon or in the future, you actually make it there and that I have the pleasure of being able to read about it.

Leave a comment down below what you guys think the Road to Success is and/or your steps for getting there. I always love hearing from you guys.

Please follow, like, share and comment and I’ll see you guys in the next one. ❤

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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