“I love New York” may be the city’s catchphrase, but it’s far more romantic to say “I love you” in New York. Thankfully, Valentine’s Day provides plenty of opportunities to do just that—and with all the style, gumption, and pith you’d expect from the Big Apple. Make New York your Valentine at these 10 events and venues.
Suite Hearts at the Marmara Park Avenue Hotel
114 E 32nd St., 212-603-9000
Opened a few months ago, this Turkish take on the luxury lifestyle on Park Avenue is offering a “Suite Hearts” package on Valentine’s Day weekend, which includes a hammam treatment for two, carriage ride around Central Park, and drink at the OneOne-Four Bar & Lounge, plus early check in and late check out to let you savor it as long as possible.
Valentine’s Day Cruise on Hornblower Cruises
Hudson River Park Pier 40, 646-403-3955
Cruise your way into the arms of your lover on any of three Valentine’s Day Weekend 3-hour spins around New York Harbor, taking in iconic sights like the Statue of liberty, Ellis Island, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Add in a four-course dinner, private table with a red rose, and sparkling wine toast, and let romance bloom.
Tinder Live! at Union Hall
702 Union St., (718) 638-4400
If you’ve ever contemplated swiping right to find love, Tinder Live!—hosted by comedienne Lane Moore—may tip the scales one way or the other Saturday night. Hosted by this Park Slope venue, the interactive show provides tips, tricks, and even real-time swiping, phone calls, and texting with Tinder matches—all with tongue firmly in cheek.
Fireplace Package at the Royalton
44 W 44th St., 212-869-4400
Called one of the sexiest hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure, this luxury boutique property in Midtown proves it with a special package that puts you in front of a roaring fire (with a choice of oak, pecan, maple, hickory, or apple wood), in a Loft or Alcove guest room or suite, plus cocktails, small plates, and breakfast for two at Bar Forty Four. Take your time in the morning; there’s a late check out.
GO F♥CK YOURSELF! at the Slipper Room
167 Orchard St., 212-253-7246
New York City’s premier burlesque house can’t let Valentine’s Day pass by without taking titillating advantage. In addition to spinning tassels, this year’s “rollicking, rocking” extravaganza of cabaret, ballet, rock, and comedy brings dancers, circus acts, magic, and music to the stage. If you’ve not arrived with love in your heart, you might well leave with one on your arm.
Romance under the stars at Hayden Planetarium
81 Central Park West, 212-769-5100
Embrace under a star-filled sky at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium on Valentine’s Day. Start with Champagne, chocolates, and hors d’oeuvres in the Cullman Hall of the Universe, served along with a live jazz quartet. Afterwards, step into the planetarium for tales of mythic romance against a sky-full of heavenly bodies.
Love it up in Times Square
Times Square, 212-768-1560
On Valentine’s Day, the crossroads of the world becomes the backdrop for more than 200 couples to profess their love, pop the question, renew vows, and even tie the knot at famous red steps in Duffy Square. If you can’t get up close, much of the action will be projected on the big screen.
Get stuffed at Minton’s
206 W 118th St., 212-243-2222
This Harlem jazz and supper club is hosting a weekend of events including special four-course Valentine’s Day dinners by executive chef JJ Johnson, starting with roasted clam on a half-shell and running through mackerel crudo, grilled poussin, and a trio of chocolate bites for dessert. On Valentine’s Day itself, a special brunch features a live performance by smooth jazz diva Carol Riddick.
Friends of Single People at Littlefield
622 Degraw St., 718-855-3388
Got any single friends who shouldn’t be? Represent them on stage at this Gowanus venue on Feb 10 as part of “Friends of Single People,”—a live dating game show with the goal of finding a love connection, plus plenty of laughs. Valentine-themed events continue through the week, including a “Rejection Show” on Valentine’s Day itself, where people share their most hilarious and heartbreaking stories of love rejections.
Sing along at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater
425 Lafayette St., 212-539-8778
Sing along love-soaked duets like “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” “I Got You Babe” and “Suddenly” at the 12th annual Love Bites show on Feb 10th. Stepping up to the mic are top performers from more than a dozen New York shows, bands, cabaret acts, including Tony Award winning Lena Hall. Backing them all is the five-piece Love Bites band.