Date Night

31 Ways to Celebrate Love This Valentine’s Day

No matter who you are. No matter who you love.

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Candy hearts may be dead (RIP!), but romance and warm fuzzies are not. Feel the love—for your significant (or not-yet-significant) other, for your friends, for your kids, for yourself, and for New York—at one or all of the coming week’s sweet Valentine’s Day events.

1. Release a virtual love lantern over Dumbo’s Washington Street, one of the most photogenic spots in NYC, with the Wishes on Washington augmented reality experience.

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2. Recommit to your partner in the heart of New York City—on the iconic red steps of Times Square—at a group vow renewal at 6 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. All couples are welcome!

3. Sit in the waaay back row (wink, wink) at the Metrograph for its eclectic Valentine’s Day series of cinematic romance, including Casablanca, Crash, and (swoon) Moonlight.


4. Have a low-key night with friends or your S.O.—think: Reuben sandwiches and ping-pong!—in Gramercy.

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5. Explore the dark corners of a landmarked 1847 Victorian mansion at the Sweetheart Soirée on February 8, featuring Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra, four floors of live entertainment, a dance lesson, a kissing booth (!), and Cupid-approved cocktails.

6. Pick up handmade and vintage gifts for all the loves of your life at Sweethearts Bazaar on Sunday, February 10, on the Upper West Side.

7. Go ice-skating with the kids at the rooftop, heart-shaped rink at Pier 17.

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8. Kick-start your “meet new people” campaign. What Should We Do founder Arielle Tepper—who makes it a personal goal to meet one new person every day—shares 19 fun ways to do it.

9. Choose your own adventure at the sexy, immersive theater original, Sleep No More, at the McKittrick Hotel.

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10. Dance and make out at the Fuck Love Valentine’s Day party at Bushwick’s House of Yes. It’s a “sexy, crazy dance party with gorgeous lights, great music, performances, kissing booths, new friends, and maybe…new lovers.” We’re sold!

11. Heat things up at a Valentine’s Day glassblowing session for two at Urban Glass. (Bonus: The instructor, Josh, is a total cutie!)

12. Part athletic event (a mile run) and part sexy party (there’s music, mingling, drinks, and lots of bare legs), Cupid’s Undie Run on February 9 is also a serious fundraiser—to find a cure for neurofibromatosis, a genetic tumor disorder—that you can feel good about.

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13. Love books? Step inside the Rare Book Room at the Strand for a Galentine’s Day celebration: Chat about literary love stories, create bookmarks, make V-Day cards, and drink wine!

14. Splurge on a Valentine’s-themed concert from the incomparable New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, part of its annual fundraiser that also includes a cocktail party, dinner, and more live entertainment.

15. Go for all-out romance on a dinner cruise around Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.

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16. Refresh your toy drawer at Babeland’s Valentine’s Day Soirée, where you can sip free bubbly, spin the Wheel of Pleasure for free prizes, and get 10 percent off your purchases.

17. Take the family to the Love in the Time of Revolution tour—and learn about the love lives of the Founding Fathers—at the Fraunces Tavern Museum.

18. Try the Love Potion Hot Chocolate at City Bakery during its annual Hot Chocolate Festival.

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19. In a Netflix-and-chill couple rut? Snap out of it! Cozy up with Cher and Nicolas Cage at Alamo Drafthouse for a Moonstruck Valentine’s Feast.

20. Enjoy last-minute date plans in the most romantic neighborhood in the city: Greenwich Village.

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21. Skip the roses and go running instead at the Boycott Valentine’s Day Pub Run, hosted by the Brooklyn Running Club.

22. Re-create one of the most romantic movies of all time—You’ve Got Mail—on the Upper West Side, where the film is set.

23. You don’t have to guzzle booze and pop chocolates to have a good V-Day. Here are 17 healthy(ish) date-night ideas.

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24. Treat your tots to the yummiest desserts in town—unicorn taiyaki! birthday cake croissants!—as chosen by the only experts who really count when it comes to sweets: New York City kiddos.

25. Ogle all of Williamsburg’s killer street art and meet new people and eat chocolate during Runstreet’s Brooklyn Love Art Run on February 16.

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26. Make reservations (we can help!) at one of NYC’s eight most underrated romantic restaurants.

27. Celebrate Singles Awareness Day at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que with St. Louis ribs (what’s sexier than moist hand towelettes?) and drink specials—including a (Beer) Bucket of Love and a Lyft Home Alone cocktail—that come with 50 percent off a Lyft ride.

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28. The special Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu at Brooklyn Cider House, one of our favorite new restaurants of last year, features three courses (lobster bisque, lobster tail and steak, and flourless chocolate cake…yum), plus two rounds of cider catching straight from the huge chestnut barrels.

29. If New York City is the true love of your life, compete in the Ultimate NYC Trivia Night on February 13 at the Museum of the City of New York.

30. Instead of flowers, send a heart-shaped sushigram to your love. Because wouldn’t we all take sushi over roses?

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31. Cozy up with a drink—and your amour—at one of our favorite bars with fireplaces.

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