Just because you’re single on Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Here are the best ways to celebrate this “hallmark holiday” in New York City. By Carly Petrone.
Sex and Chocolate Happy Hour
94 Rivington St.
New York, NY 10002
Babeland wants you to celebrate Valentine’s Day no matter what your relationship status may be. Stop in on Sunday, February 12 for a Sex and Chocolate Happy Hour starting at 4 p.m. They’ll be serving up artisanal chocolates, Babeland Bubbly, as well as a lesson on how to incorporate your favorite candy into bedroom activities. The first ten guests will receive special gifts to try at home and one lucky guest will win a $50 gift basket. Make sure to check out their other Valentine’s Day-themed events like their Valentine’s Day Rose Soiree on Monday, February 13. Learn more here.
Red Velvet Cake Shake from Black Tap
136 W. 55th St.
New York, NY
Gather up your best friend and head over to Black Tap this Valentine’s Day. They’re serving up a very special Red Velvet Cake Shake, in collaboration with Magnolia Bakery. Cheers to being single this vday or come drown in your single sorrows with a red velvet cake batter shake that comes with a vanilla frosted sprinkle hearts rim, whipped cream, and chocolate drizzle. Oh yeah, and don’t forget the best part: a slice of Red Velvet Magnolia Bakery cake! Cheers!
WORD Presents: Galentine’s Day Party with Romance Authors
50 N. 3rd St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Everyone loves Galentine’s Day! Stop by WORD in Brooklyn for an evening of romance starting at 7 p.m. Romance authors Sarah MacLean, Maya Rodale, and more will be on a panel to discuss their work and what it’s like to write those steamy scenes. There will also be games and an open bar until 9 p.m. Can’t make it to Brooklyn? The store in Jersey City will also be hosting an Erotica Panel discussion with authors Rachel Kramer Bussel and BWE Volume 2 contributors Abigail Ekue, Stella Watts Kelley, Vierra Lai, and Annabeth Leong. Find out what makes a story sexy, how to get published, and the cultural impact of writing stories that reflect a wide range of women’s experiences. Event starts at 7:30 p.m. Both Galentine’s Day events are free.
Bubby: Kosher Love Advice in Unkosher Times
American Jewish Historical Society
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY
The American Jewish Historical Society is taking a look at modern love this Valentine’s Day with “Bubby: Kosher Love Advice in Unkosher Times.” This photo series, a collaboration between Jewish matchmaking app Bubby and fashion brand Unkosher Market, invites singles searching for love to get some dating advice from real-life “bubbies.” Opening night kicks off with a DJ and refreshments on Feb. 9. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors and $18 at the door. Click here for more.
Valentine’s Day at Ssam Bar
207 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003
Who says your Valentine can’t be all of your BFFs? Gather up your favorite people and make reservations for a special Valentine’s Day dinner at Ssam Bar. A six-course tasting menu for 2-6 people costs $85/person that includes Uni Chip, Duo of Tartare Beef, Fluke, Rotisserie Watermelon Radishes, Seafood Hotpot, Prime Rib, and Peach Cake with streusel and brown butter ice cream.
NEVER SLEEP ALONE
The Public Theater
425 Lafayette St.
New York, NY 10003
Dr. Alex Schiller has been bringing couples together since 2011 with her interactive comedic music show Never Sleep Alone. “Singles” mix in the front and become active participants in the show, joining Dr. Alex on stage for free champagne, blind dates, and interactive demonstrations. Warning: you may be asked to make out with a complete stranger if you risk sitting in the front row. Are you ready to meet that sexy stranger? Come find out on February 14 at 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $35 for players, $45 for voyeurs.
Love Bites: The Power Ballads
702 Union St.
New York, NY 11215
Start your fist pumping now because Union Hall’s Love Bites: The Power Ballads Sing-Along is coming your way the Friday before Valentine’s Day. Sing along to heartbreaking and heartwarming collections of music from the 80’s and 90’s and wave your lighters in the air. Watch or take part in the air guitar competition, enter the power ballads costume contest, sip on themed drinks like the “Eternal Flame,” “Kiss From a Rose,” or “More Than Words,” and don’t forget to grab your free valentine heart candy and cards for that special someone. Party begins at 9:30 p.m. and admission is $10.