(1) Seeing Stars.
Wine and dine with your valentine.
Looking to make Valentine’s Day extra special this year? The American Museum of Natural History’s Romance Under the Stars offers the ultimate NYC romantic experience at their very own Hayden Planetariums. Couples can enjoy an elegant cocktail hour, complete with champagne, an open bar, and delicious hors d’oeuvres right before heading into the heart of the planetarium itself to enjoy a gorgeous view of the starry night sky. It’s the perfect way to set the mood and provide that special someone with an evening they won’t soon forget. (Central Park W & 81st St.)
(2) Chef’s Table.
Come experience the best seat in the house.
You haven’t experienced a true culinary feast until you’ve watched NYC’s finest chefs in action. At SD26, diners have the option of sitting right in the heat of the action (literally) as you watch exquisite Italian cuisines created right from start to finish before your very eyes. This kitchen floor show lasts for a total of six elegant courses and is guaranteed to open your minds and palates to the genuine artistry of cooking. So grab a friend or two, treat yourselves to a delicious glass of wine, and watch the culinary magic unfold. (19 E. 26th St.)
(3) Amateur Night at the Apollo.
Witness music history in the making.
Before there was reality television, there was Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater. This talent competition has been around for over 80 years and has served as a starting point for many up-and-coming performers, including the likes of the great Ella Fitzgerald. Stop by for a night of entertainment on 2/25 that will make you a part of music history. You could even be looking at the next Stevie Wonder or Michael Jackson, for all you know. And given this establishment’s stellar track record, that seems not only possible, but highly probable. (253 W. 125th St.)
(4) Cheers & Beers.
Enjoy the excitement of NYC’s Beer Week.
When it comes to partying in the Big Apple, no week is better than Beer Week. Kicking off on 2/22-3/1, this annual 10-day event features some of the rarest and finest brews this glorious city has to offer. It’s the perfect way to bring celebrity chefs, renowned restaurants, and top-notch breweries together for the biggest beer extravaganza of the year. There will be festivals, tastings, menu pairings, and beer dinners as well as an opening bash to send your taste buds into high gear. So if you love to eat, drink, and be merry, this is the place for you. (newyorkcitybrewersguild.com)
(5) Love On Top.
It’s an Empire State of Mind.
Sure, it may be a very tourist-centric location, but even longtime natives can’t deny the spectacular panoramic view presented atop the Empire State Building’s Observation Deck. Located on the 86th floor of one of New York’s tallest and most iconic structures, visitors can walk around at their leisure and take in the sights of this breathtaking city from all angles. You’ll be reminded of what made you fall in love with this city in the first place. (350 Fifth Ave.)
(6) Passion For Fashion.
Experience the thrill of Fashion Week.
We may be considered The City That Never Sleeps, but we certainly know how to dress. NYC’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicks off from 2/12-2/19 at Lincoln Center where the best designers in the world will showcase their latest fashions for Spring 2015. And it’s all taking place for eight straight days! So if you have a flare for fashion, I suggest you head on over to the Upper West Side and rub elbows with the crème de la crème of fashion’s finest. Trends may come and go, but this event will never go out of style. (10 Lincoln Center Plaza)
(7) Happy Lunar New Year.
Parades, food, and partying galore.
2015 may already be well underway, but Chinatown’s annual Lunar New Year celebration has only just begun. Witness as the main streets of Little Italy and Chinatown come alive with dancing, costumes, and confetti in this time honored parade and festival, which features all sorts of one-of-a-kind vendors, delicious food, and exciting festivities for all ages as participants welcome the Year of the Goat (or Sheep). The fun begins on 2/22 starting at 1 p.m. at the Sara D. Roosevelt Park. (East Houston & Canal St. b/w Forsyth and Chrystie St.)
(8) Art in the Box.
Creativity like you’ve never seen it before.
Art enthusiasts will want to drop by the Met to admire one of their latest and greatest exhibitions of all time. Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection is made up of nearly eighty paintings, collages, drawings, and sculptures created by four of the most prominent Cubist artists in the world, including Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Georges Braque, and Juan Gris. The wonder of art takes on a whole new shape – literally! But hurry, the collection will only be on display until 2/16. So be there or be square. (1000 5th Ave.)
(9) Made of Manhattans
The best Manhattans in Manhattan.
Those in the mood for a fun night on the town should stop by Bemelmans Bar for a cocktail, located inside The Carlyle Hotel. This chic atmosphere and high class ambiance attracts a variety of socialites, politicians, and movie stars, so you never know who you might run into. However, the main draw goes to their extensive drink menu, which serves a variety of tasty cocktails, including a special concoction known as the Carlyle Manhattan. A few sips of that delicious bourbon and you’ll feel fully relaxed and ready for whatever the night has in store. Guaranteed! (35 E. 76th St.)
(10) Hoops Stars Up Close.
See basketball royalty in NYC.
NYC is full of great basketball in February. Couldn’t get tickets to the All-Star game? No problem, meet an All-Star in person! John Wall for SeanJohn will be making a special appearance at Macy’s Herald Square on Thursday 2/12, 6-8pm. And for a chance to see the hometown Knicks up close, watch Carmelo Anthony host Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors on February 7th. LeBron James and the Cavaliers come to town on February 22nd. Tickets at nba.com (4 Pennsylvania Plaza)