RT’s Guide to Keeping Your Heart in Rockaway for Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day is next Thursday, February 14, and starting this weekend, there’s much to do to share the love. From shopping, dining, decadent desserts, gift-buying and even craft-making — The Rockaway Times dishes up the ultimate guide to your Valentine’s Day Rockaway-style!



This Saturday, February 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge hosts a heartfelt Bee Mine Valentine Station. All ages are welcome to come on down and create their own Jamaica Bay nature-inspired valentines.

Cross Bay Blvd., Broad Channel

Also, on Saturday, February 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., bring your children to The Swellife. They’ll get creative by making their own Valentine’s Day gift by painting white coffee mugs. The mugs are just $15 each, and parents will be given special instructions on how to preserve their children’s masterpieces.

91-08 Rockaway Beach Blvd.

Then on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m., you definitely don’t want to miss Valentine’s Karaoke at the VFW Post 260 in Broad Channel. Come on down and sing your heart out with your lover, best buds and even the entire family. At just $20 admission, you not only get a pasta buffet, cake, coffee and tea, but a chance to pay it forward by supporting the VFW. Plus cash bar, 50/50 and raffles. Everyone will leave BC strong.

705 Shad Creek Road, Broad Channel

On Sunday, February 10, noon to 4 p.m., Get Your Heart On at the Rockaway Valentine’s Maker’s Market at Rockaway Brewing Co. Grab the chance to buy that special artisan gift that you won’t be able to find elsewhere. Also adults and children will get to paint and glue their own valentines. Plus with beer, food, and music on the menu— what a great way to jumpstart love day! All ages welcome!

415 Beach 72nd Street



As for gifts, there are loads more local places to find that much-appreciated gift for your loved one with the added bonus of supporting a business on the peninsula.

At NutureUWellness (NUW), seven will be your lucky number! Gift yourself or your loved one a massage for seven days in a row or once a month for seven months. You can also purchase any series of seven therapeutic massage services for the price of five. This is the first time NUW is offering these special packages, and they are only available until February 17. You definitely don’t want to miss out! For more info, visit: nurtureuwellness.com or call: 718-634-9355.

165 Beach 116th Street, 2nd floor

Who could resist a foot massage? Well, Happy Feet Reflexology Center offers that and more, and on Valentine’s Day, the spa and massage parlor is offering a 30 percent discount to a pair of guests who come for some relaxation and pampering. For more info, or to make a reservation, call: 718-536-9769.

213 Beach 116th Street

Beach 116th Street is chock-full of Valentine’s Day gift shopping, and longtime novelty gift shop, The Gift is Love, has everything you can imagine for a loving gift. From edible chocolate boxes filled with an assortment of chocolates, heart-kissed teddy bears, heart-shaped jewelry, ornaments, knick-knacks, wine glasses, cards, and more — this is definitely a one-stop shop for everyone.

223-25 Beach 116th Street

Strands beauty salon is giving a variety of discounts. From Brazilian blowouts, free haircuts with any Keratin treatment, perm specials, micro blading and more, just clip the coupon on page four of The Rockaway Times, and get ready to treat yourself or a loved one for a day of beauty. All offers are good for the entire month of February. For more info, call 718-318-1080.

104-06 Rockaway Beach Blvd

Nicole Frontera Beauty is spicing things up this Valentine’s Day. Want that puckered-lip kiss? When you purchase a lip-filler service, you can get $100 off permanent lip makeup. Plus their $1,000 deal on the O-shot will enhance your experience in the bedroom. Call 718-945-1100 for more info.

Spa Rockaway is also offering a month of specials including 25 percent off their exclusive Venus beauty treatment, plus more pop-up specials. To take advantage, follow them on Instagram or Facebook. Also for more info, call 718-318-8840 or visit: sparockaway.com

112-20 Beach Channel Drive



Chocolate is almost synonymous with Valentine’s, and our local dens of sweet nirvana are offering that and more!

Just watching the Fat Cardinal Bakery’s sundry delights in their display case will make your mouth water. For Valentine’s, they’ll be offering a chocolaty bouquet of mini brownies dipped in white chocolate, red velvet cupcakes, cupcakes topped with an edible rose and red wine cupcakes. Plus if you want to order a cake for two, treat yourself and your partner to a heart-shaped chocolate cake, sinfully filled with chocolate butter and chocolate ganache. Orders must be made by Tuesday, February 12. For more info, visit: www.fatcardinalprovisions.com or call 347-989-4322.

196 Beach 92nd Street

Tracy Obolsky of Rockaway Beach Bakery (RBB) says she has been feverishly planning her Valentine’s special menu for weeks, and customers are in for an extra special sweet surprise. The local bakery will be dishing up chocolate-covered long stem colossal strawberries, heart-shaped cookies, brownies, chocolate vegan truffles, red velvet cupcakes, mini bags of meringue kisses, and even ‘conversational’ cookies with statements like: “You Stink,” and “Netflix and Chill.” Plus they’ll have chocolate-glazed cheese cakes for two, ornately decorated with edible gold. Obolsky says folks can pre-order, but it’s not required. However, these gorgeous goodies will run out, so get your orders in by stopping by or calling 347-727-7680.

87-10 Rockaway Beach Blvd



Going out for dinner is a mainstay tradition on Valentine’s Day, and with Rockaway increasingly becoming the foodie metropolis, there are options galore!

On Beach 116th Street, the Belle Harbor Steakhouse will have sumptuous love day specials. From fresh seafood, veal, prime rib, soups, desserts and more — your appetite and heart will be wide open. For reservations, call 718-318-5100.

268 Beach 116th Street

Community House will be a cozy choice offering dinner specials and a Pre-Fixed dinner menu to choose from. Call 347-619-9417 to make reservations.

101-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd

Happy Jack’s Burger Bar is serving up a special amore menu for two, complete with appetizers and special steak and seafood entrées for the night. Reservations will not be accepted.

108-13 Rockaway Beach Drive

Nothing says romance like a breezy night on the bay. And bayside restaurants, Kennedy’s and The BayHouse in Breezy Point, and Bungalow Bar and will all be hosting an unforgettable romantic evening.

At Kennedy’s, you and your boo, will enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner with a special menu and chef specials for two, plus idyllically serenaded by sultry songstress, Pamela Nardi. Call 718-945-0202 for reservations.

406 Bayside, Breezy Point

The BayHouse will be hosting a special Valentine’s Day menu with excquisite food pairings all night, plus its popular regular menu is always an option. Call 347-926-4926 to reserve your bayside spot.

500 Bayside, Breezy Point

What’s better than an amorous night bathed in the glow of a fireplace? Bungalow is offering that and more, plus a porterhouse dinner for two. Call 718-945-2100 to make reservations.

377 Beach 92nd Street

On Rockaway Beach Boulevard’s Restaurant Row, there are host of multi-cultural options.

RBQ is offering a special roast beef dinner and wine specials. Plus, they’ll have their regular menu, which is always a belly-full of savory delights including finger lickin’ barbecue and more! For reservations, call 718-318-7427.

97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd

Ever tried Uzbek cuisine? Uma’s is the ultimate, offering Central Asian plates, cocktails & live music in stylish, brick digs. This is a popular Rockaway spot, so make your reservations now! 718-318-9100.

92-07 Rockaway Beach Blvd

Just looking for a drink and delightful bites in a low-key speak-easy setting? The Rock NYC wine bar (92-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd) is back open for the season and Sayra’s Wine Bar (91-11 Rockaway Beach Blvd) is another cozy choice.

And Whit’s End, this week, just finished expanding their dining area and while its roomier, it’s definitely very “Whit!” The ambience and the decor will definitely stimulate conversation, and as always, the food is off the hook. Proprietor Whitney Aycock is tickled about the revamped space, and can’t wait for more customers to come in and revel in the “Whit” experience. Celebrate with his unbelievable steak that’s perfect for two…or three.

97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd.



Want to run on the boardwalk, proclaiming your love for that special someone? Or perhaps you just want to burn a few calories after your Valentine’s Day splurge? Well, join in on Rockapulco’s Valentine’s Day Run & Brunch next Saturday, February 16. At 8:30 a.m., you can run in a half-marathon ($65) or at 11:30 a.m., run in the five-miler ($50). Registration and number pick-up is at Rockaway Gliders Studio, and includes brunch with The Fit Food Kitchen. Note that registration opens 90 minutes before your chosen race time. All races start and finish on the boardwalk on Beach 116th Street. Register at rockapulcorun.com. Runners also receive a T-Shirt, medals and Rockapulco Gold Beer.

114-04 Beach Channel Drive

So, start planning to rock your Valentine’s right here in Rockaway. The Rockaway Times has given you the guide, let us know your experience.