Thinking about what to do this week in NYC? Paris might be the city of love, but NYC is the (big) apple of our eye. This Valentine’s week, book a romantic dinner for two, enjoy a champagne cruise, and fall in love with this city all over again. Here’s what to do in New York City from February 11 – February 17.
When? Feb. 14, 5-6:30 p.m.
Where? 12th Avenue Pier 62, Chelsea Piers (Between West 22nd and West 23rd streets)
This Valentine’s Day, climb onboard the love boat, where you view the New York City skyline from the Yacht Manhattan II and glug a glass of champagne (or two). It’s the ultimate date night! This evening cruise takes in Battery Park, One World Trade Center, and the Financial District, before sailing past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Book ahead, though. This cruise has a limited capacity.
Dinner at Zenkichi
Where? 77 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Feeling hungry? Head over to Brooklyn and pull up a chair at Zenkichi with its dim lights and private booths. This cozy Japanese restaurant serves up small plates and sweet treats. They say chocolate is the food of love, so try the walnut dessert with rich, creamy dark cocoa and roasted walnuts. It’s the restaurant’s signature pud.
Check Out the Heart Symbol at the Empire State Building
Where? 20 West 34th Street
Sure, it’s a tourist trap, but the Empire State Building still has the power to seduce. One lucky couple will have the ultimate wedding ceremony on the tower’s 86th floor this February 14, after winning a competition. Those who don’t have an invite can still check out the giant heart symbol illuminated on the side of the building.
Get Your Boogie On at This Valentine’s Day Party
When? Feb 14, 6-11 p.m.
Where? The DL, 95 Delancey Street
Where do broken hearts go? The DL in Lower Manhattan
, of course. This Valentine’s Day party features world-renowned DJ Easy Calderon and complimentary appetizers. It certainly beats staying in and pining over an ex. Arrive early and meet a potential new partner.
Speed Dating at LeGrande Lounge
When? Feb. 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where? 224 W 49th Street
Singles can still enjoy New York City on Valentine’s Day. Take the speed dating event at the uber-classy LeGrande Lounge, for example, where attendees hope to meet the person of their dreams. Here, hopeless romantics will go on speedy mini-dates that last a New York minute. There’s even an afterparty for singles in the same venue.
Take a Walking Tour
Taking a date to the theater is such a cliche. Try a walking tour, instead — it’s the perfect way to get to know a new partner. This one takes in Soho, Little Italy
, and Chinatown, with plenty of things to see along the way. Better yet, it’s completely free. Join the crowd at the southwest corner of Spring Street and 6th Avenue, opposite the Spring Street subway station.
These are just six of the Valentines-related events taking place in NYC this year. From champagne cruises to romantic dinners, singles and loved-up couples can take a bite out of the Big Apple.