As February 14th begins to inch closer to our calendar when we scratch our heads going “when is Valentine’s Day” landing on the calendar so we can plan our night of rendezvous or romance, we might ask ourselves “what is Valentine’s Day even about?”
Word around town states that the day was dedicated to a martyr that challenged an emperor against his ruling that it was illegal for men to wed, since men that fly solo apparently make fantastic soldiers. Hark, came St. Valentine, stating something along the lines of “no” to this new law and continued to perform weddings without the lawful permission of the emperor. Hence was his sad demise in the name of love. This is only one of the stories of how the day came to belong someone name St. Valentines, but enough about him, let’s talk about you and what to do on Valentine’s Day.
While many of us are fishing for Valentine’s Day ideas, whether we’re taking the weekend head on by ourselves, with our fellow single friends or with our loved ones, we’ve got great suggestions for all of the above and everything in between. So ditch those Valentine’s Day flowers and dinner at home or your plans to just Netflix and chill and head on out to these exciting places.
Come One, Come All
LUST: Valentine’s Day Dinner and Show
Get in touch with a dining experience that will let you and your company “explore their sensuality through their senses.” This dining and interactive show experience includes an eight-course meal served on bare bodies as the flatware (or curvaceous-ware) of choice for this meal. Following your sumptuous servings, you will then be entranced with sensual art installations and performances. Prepare to experience sensuality to your desired limits!
Cupid’s Undie Run
Has rolling straight out of bed ever been so much more fun? Well, you can do so with the perk of raising money for a good cause by heading over in your knickers and bathrobe to Cupid’s Undie Run. Whether you come with just a pair of red boxers adorned with hearts or you’re going to make an appearance in hair rollers, a plush bathroom and slippers, all are welcomed to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.
Dances of Vice’s Venetian Valentine Commedia Masked Ball
If you’ve ever wanted to attend a masquerade ball, we have the perfect blend of Baroque music and burlesque performers for you. Dances of Vice specializes in themed nightlife parties and comes to us on Valentine’s day with the Venetian Valentine Commedia Masked Ball. The performances for this event are inspired by a carnival in Venice and are also a part of La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic, a performance series by Carnegie Hall.
Ice, Ice Baby: Ice Festival & Silent Disco
Buzz, buzz! Come down to Central Park where you can see over 6,000 pounds of ice become amazing and beautiful ice sculptures by professionally trained ice sculptors right before your eyes. As the night sky falls, a live DJ will be spinning top 40’s, 80’s and 90’s music during a silent disco, where you can warm up to your dance moves. Food trucks, string lights and a sculpting station will also be onsite.
Valentine’s Booze Cruise
Top-shelf open bar and a live DJ along the Manhattan skyline? Yes, please! Take off from the East River for a two-hour cruise, where you’ll have your eyes set on major NYC landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge. Early bird gets on for less than $50, so get your ticket fast before they shout “all aboard!”
Romance Under the Stars
Although we’ve had to sacrifice a beautiful starry night sky for the bustling city lights when we’re in NYC, look no further as the American Museum of Natural History will grant you both for one night. On February 14th, they host “Romance Under the Stars” where the planetarium lights up with asteroids and stars and your view is paired with servings of cocktails, champagne, light bites and sweets. Relax with your starlit sweetie pie here to the sounds of jazz and a calming story about the stars.
Dinner for Two
You can also take the traditional route with your beau and go out for a romantic dinner in the city. Gayot has made a fantastic list of restaurant options to choose from, which also include the famous contemporary restaurant by Daniel Boulud, Daniel, and the waterfront views of the Water Club. Food is often the path of least resistance to the heart of someone you love, so go ahead and show them how much you love them with a reservation at one of these spots.
The DL’s Single’s Party
The upscale spot is a perfect location to enjoy a romantic ambiance while enjoying the single life, as they are hosting a Single’s Party that welcomes you to bring on your best flirting game. The night includes complimentary appetizers, prize giveaways, ice breakers and drink specials. Enjoy the single life here, where you can dance and drink the night away beneath their crystal chandeliers with the likes of your own.
Single and the City’s Singles Charity Mixer
Want to enjoy the dating scene and do it for a good cause? Single and the City is hosting a charity singles mixer that will be giving 50% of the night’s proceeds to Bideawee, ‘“non-profit organization that helps care for cats & dogs in search of "forever homes.”’ Come and enjoy a night of appetizers, ice breakers and drink specials, and then head right on to the dance floor for top 40’s and hip hop music with your newfound eye candy.
“Meet Your Valentine” Pub Crawl
Why only a drinks at one place when you can visit all the best bars around town? Pub Crawl NYC’s tried and true annual “Meet Your Valentine Pub Crawl” has made it’s comeback for the fourth year. Head on over to the starting point, get your list and your map and drink on alongside some very sexy and single pub crawlers!
Bonus for the Ladies: If you’re in need of the perfect outfit for Valentine’s Day, head over to Lulu’s for some cute outfits that will impress all those around you when you enter the room. Get your hands on a chic Valentine’s Day outfit at Lulu’s, on sale here.