Top Valentine’s Day Hangouts

Alexis Gaskin, Staff Writer

It’s Valentine’s Day! Whether you’ve been planning for weeks, or only remembered yesterday and need ideas, check out these places in Queens for a fun and affordable time.

Since this year Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday — specifically Ash Wednesday — you may not have a lot of time to do long dinners or walks in the park. It’s too cold for that, so check out these options for a quick and fun Valentine’s Day outing for you and a significant other, or even with friends.

1. Shake Shack

Address: 71-26 Austin St, Forest Hills, NY 11375 and Queens Center 90-15 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11373

Price range: $-$$

Yes, I’m telling you to go to Shake Shack for Valentine’s Day. With a menu that offers something for everyone, it’s a nice place to have an inexpensive and tasty date.

Shake Shack is also going with the Valentine’s Day vibe and is offering a special Valentine’s Day-inspired milkshake. This strawberry shake is topped with whipped cream and edible glitter.

They also offer a Red Velvet Chocolate Chip shake that would pair well with any meal. Buy one to share, but I promise you’ll want your own once you try it.


2. Martha’s Country Bakery

Address: 70-28 Austin Street Forest Hills, NY 11375

Price range: $$-$$$

Located in Forest Hills, this bakery is only a short train ride away and features decadent sweets and drinks with a seating area available for customers to sit and enjoy their treats.

Martha’s currently has a Valentine’s display and special treats from chocolate-covered strawberries to cupcakes.While Lulu’s is a great place to pick up something sweet, Martha’s Country Bakery has seating available for a fun relaxed time. Although it’s often very busy, Martha’s is still worth the wait.


3. T-Swirl Crepe

Address: 70-23 Austin St. Forest Hills, NY 11375

Price range: $-$$

If you don’t have the biggest sweet tooth, T-Swirl Crepes should satisfy your cravings. This crepe shop does offer a menu of sweet crepes like Banana Chocolate ($6.95) and Caramel Fuji ($6.95), but they also offer savory crepes made with eggs, meats and vegetables.

This Forest Hills location offers a relaxed and quiet environment that is very welcoming for a quick Valentine’s day date between classes. T-Swirl Crepe is very inexpensive, and they also offer a variety of teas, slushes and coffees.



4. Lulu’s Bakery

Address: 185-26 Union Tpke, Fresh Meadows, NY 11366

Price range: $-$$

Located on Union Turnpike, this bakery has been serving Fresh Meadows with Italian-style treats like cannolis, biscuits, cakes and so much more for almost 10 years. The shop currently has Valentine’s Day-themed sweets and treats at inexpensive prices.


5. Pinot’s Palette

Address: 39-17 Bell Blvd, Bayside, NY 11361

Price Range: $$

A paint and sip class located in East Meadows offers an instructional painting class where couples can come and work on a painting in one sitting. Pinot’s Palette is offering a special class on Valentine’s Day where couples can work on a combined painting together. At only $38 per person, this is the perfect thing to add to any date night.