Here’s what to do if you forgot to make a Valentine’s Day dinner reservation

Romantic dinner

Uh oh. Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us, and you totally dropped the ball. Don’t even bother calling for a dinner reservation because every place in town is booked up.

But fear not: with a bit of creativity, and a lot of conviction, you can still save the day.

For inspiration, we came up with 10 emergency Valentine’s Day backup plans. Good luck.

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content=”If you totally forgot to make dinner plans, and you’re hopeless in the kitchen, you may have to fork it out and purchase somebody else’s reservation.

Fortunately, there are several apps for that, including Resy, Killer Rezzy, and Zurvu.

Prices vary.”
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content=”If you’d rather stay in (but not look cheap), try renting a private chef for the night. Download the Kitchensurfing app and find local professional chefs around the country. In New York, you can order a Valentine’s Day brunch or dinner for $US150.

Here are some other NYC-based options:


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title=”Go ice skating in VIP style.”
content=”At the rink at New York City’s Rockefeller Center, you can call ahead of time or go online and pay to skip the lines with ‘VIP’ tickets. There are different time slots throughout today and you can see their availability online.

Pay $US60 per person for 90 minutes of skating.”
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title=”Try your luck at a restaurant that accepts walk-ins.”
content=”This is always a risky bet, but if you’re smart, and you pick a lesser known (but top-notch) spot, you just might get lucky. Here are some ideas in NYC:


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title=”Get dinner sent to your home.”
content=”Maybe you’re not so bad in the kitchen. You don’t need to go all out with a private chef, but you also don’t have time to stop by the grocery store and plan out a full dinner.

Use Plated to order a pre-planned meal to your home with all the right ingredients for every course. All you have to do is cook it.

Price: $US12/plate (but you have to order on Friday, Feb. 13!)”
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title=”Order a couples’ massage.”
content=”You guessed it — there’s an app for that too. Use Zeel and order same-day massages to your place. The masseuses bring everything you need — including their expert skills.

Price: $US130.00 for a 60 minute Swedish massage”
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title=”Stage a jewelry scavenger hunt.”
content=”Turn the house — and your Valentine’s Day gift — into an activity of its own. Hide little presents throughout the house and make a game out of finding them.

If it you do this right, it will come off as charming and spontaneous. Not panicky.

Price: This one’s up to you.”
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title=”Get bottle service at a nice club.”
content=”This will only work with certain types of dates. If your date is into clubbing, try reserving a table with bottle service and decking it out with flowers and balloons.

Price: $US350-$US400″
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content=”Valentine’s Day is a Saturday this year. That means you may be planning a full day of activities.

Plan a classic Valentine’s Day (combine a couple of our suggestions and throw in a walk in the park) — but up the ante by ferrying your date around in a limo all day. Use Limos.com, GroundLink, or Uber to book a car.

Prices vary ($US300+).”
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title=”Fly a plane together or take a helicopter tour.”
content=”Maybe you’re the flashier type. Take this Valentine’s Day to the next level with helicopter tour of New York City — or a personal flight where you even get to try your hand at flying the plane.

Book with Viator ($US260 for a helicopter tour) or Experience Days ($US237 for a helicopter tour; $US605 to follow it up with a dinner cruise). Both companies have other tour options around the country.”
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title=”Don’t forget about Valentine’s gifts…”
content=”

20 gifts women actually want for Valentine’s Day >


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