New American Restaurant in New York, NY, United States
Kat & Theo: Go big or go home by feasting on a six-course dinner from executive chef Paras Shah and pastry chef Serena Chow in the candlelit back room of this Flatiron fave. For the big day, they’re serving up a menu of sensual favorites, from oysters and foie gras to poached lobster and rich chocolate fudge. If the menu and intimate dining room isn’t enough to yank you right out of the friend zone, snuggling up next to the stone fireplace ought to do it.
Get into frisky business at Museum of Sex: Pull a Marvin Gaye and prepare to get it on (or, at least, think about it) at the MoSex, which showcases tastefully erotic and downright outlandish work in a jaw-dropping (but totally cultural) context. “Jump for Joy” inside a tantalizing bounce house and enter an immersive wonderland of vivid sights, sounds and sensations inside the “Splendor in The Grass” exhibit to shake (or bounce off) those date-night jitters.
Romance Under the Stars: Eschew the dinner date on Valentine's Day and snap up tickets to this swanky soiree at the American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center for Earth and Space. The night begins among the asteroids (have a "heavenly bodies" quip ready) with an open bar of cocktails and champagne, passed hors d’oeuvres and chocolate, while a jazz quartet sets the mood with standards.
Might Get Weird & Medium Rare Present: The Lovers Ball: Party animal brands Might Get Weird and Medium Rare are hosting a romantic high school-themed dance at House of Yes with Kings and Queens, awkward prom photos, a fire pit (a.k.a. bonfire) and a libertine den where you and your date can play seven minutes in heaven.
Love in Times Square on Valentine's Day: Watch couples showcase their love at Duffy Square on the great red steps with live surprise proposals, wedding ceremonies and vow renewals. And keep a lookout for the Heart of Hearts kaleidoscopic kissing booths!
Endless Night: New York Vampire Ball" This lavish annual affair brings out the creatures of the night for their annual "anti-Valentine's" soiree in the erstwhile Bank. An array of DJs provide the ebon aurals; while fanged performers dazzle onstage, absinthe and vodka will pour liberally. As you might expect, the evening boasts something of a dress code—we'd recommend rushing your velvet cape to the dry cleaner now.
French Restaurant in New York City, NY, United States
Dinners in the Dark: Guests don blindfolds as they eat a four-course meal at chef Abigail Hitchcock’s Camaje. This unusual, choreographed experience is punctuated by performance artists as your “servers,” presented as an experiment to test and awaken the senses.
Other Great Outdoors in Brooklyn, NY, United States
Brooklyn Chocolate Takedown: Love or hate romance and Valentine's Day, we can all agree on this: we love chocolate. Chow down on the sweet treats from 20 different chefs until you're all cocoaed out. Four real-life couples have met and married through this event—so beware. (Sunday Feb 14)
General Entertainment in New York, NY, United States
Bloody Valentine Weekend: Give your babycakes goosebumps the Valentine’s Day weekend. Swap candy and flowers for bloody hatchets and gore-stained chainsaws at this special-edition jaunt through the Blood Manor haunted-house. And even the macabre organizers are mindful of tradition—most ticket packages include a single black rose to commemorate your tragic and doomed love.
Your Love, Our Musical! Rebecca and Evan interview a real couple in the audience for details on how the couple met and fell for each other, because they’re nosey. Minutes later they use those details to create a completely improvised musical, with a full band, about the couple’s love story. (Saturday Feb 13)
Love Bites: The Power Ballads Sing-Along: If that long-haired artist in the Bon Jovi “Always” video taught us anything, it’s that love is fickle, and occasionally prone to arson. Valentine’s Day is a time for violence and misery and sing-alongs and wailing guitars, so sing the hits of Journey, Bryan Adams, Def Leppard, and other paragons of ’80s and ’90s power rock. (Saturday Feb 13th)