Valentine’s Day is funny in New York City. On one hand, a bunch of independent singles scoff at the idea of a day dedicated to the commercialized ideology of love and relationships. On the other hand, you’ll find restaurants and other venues with décor that looks like Cupid exploded. The good news? As a single person, you have an array of fun things to do on Valentine’s Day in NYC, whether you plan to go out or stay in.
Book a spa service.
Valentine’s Day isn’t always on a weekend, so, if you’re too tired to do anything after a workday, pamper yourself with a spa appointment. Relationships are great, but a manicure, pedicure, facial and massage combo feels just as good (almost). Try a Midtown oasis like YeloSpa, or go luxe with a visit to the Plaza Hotel’s renowned Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa with wine-inspired treatments.
Sweat at a Valentine’s Day workout class.
All around the city, gyms will be hosting workout classes on Valentine’s Day – often with fun, Valentine’s themes. Not all attendees will be single, of course, but it’s great to find camaraderie with like-minded individuals who value health and fitness. Unwind with a session at Pure Yoga, or step outside of your comfort zone with a class at Burlesque Bikini Bootcamp.
See a show.
If couples get to splurge on Valentine’s Day, why can’t singles? Concert, ballet, opera, and Broadway tickets can be pricey – but it’s V-Day. Treat yourself and some fellow singletons to a wonderful show. And if nobody else is available, the city itself can be your date. It’s the perfect opportunity to see a Broadway classic like Phantom of the Opera or Aladdin.
Go to dinner with a BFF.
Valentine’s Day is an ideal holiday for single friends to get together in the city and treat themselves to a fancy dinner. It’s also a great excuse to try one of the prix-fixe menus several restaurants in the city will be featuring that night. Oggi Pizza Bar in Brooklyn will be serving up heart-shaped pizza and eco-friendly wine, and Sfoglia on the Upper East Side a special four-course dinner with a Prosecco toast.
There’s no rule that says every special day needs to be celebrated with an extravagant night out. Parties, events, and happy hours are a regular part of many New Yorkers’ lives (especially singles). So, if anything, spending a relaxing night at home can be the ultimate treat. Pick up your favorite dessert on your way home from work, order in junk food from Seamless, and veg out with movies that put you in a good mood. We suggest a sweet treat from Payard, along with a trusty rom-com like You’ve Got Mail, or, of course, any movie that takes place in NYC.
Robert Indiana “LOVE” photo by Hu Totya. Theater District photo by Ben Carroccio via OnBroadway.com.