The GofG Guide To Valentine's Day In New York City

by Chiara Atik · February 12, 2010

    Another year, another Valentine's day. Whether you're looking for something romantic to do with your significant other, or an activity to keep you from going too far with Ben and Jerry, we've got a round-up of all the best New York city happenings this February 14th.--





    If you take Valentine's Day very seriously. Or, your girlfriend does.

    What: Prix Fixe at 10 Downing

    Where: Downing and 6th Ave

    Why: No gimmicks, no jokes, just a straight up romantic dinner which starts out with eggs and caviar and ends with Sheep's Milk Cheese doughnuts.

    Singles or Couples: Couples; Very. Serious. Couples.

    If you're single because you have bad hair...

    What: Hairstrokes Valentine's Day Party

    Where: The Retreat Lounge, 5:00-8:00 pm.

    Why: You have a good heart, but no one can see it through your horrible hair. Come mingle with other singles at the Hairstrokes Valentine's Day Party; proceeds go to Hope For Haiti Children's Center, and there will be hairstylists there!

    Singles or Couples: Singles. But not for long.

    If you like the idea of getting naked and sweaty with strangers. Or, just really like Balkan music...

    What: Steamy Valentine's Night @ Russian Baths

    Where: Banya, Coney Island

    Why: Platzas, massages, pool, Russian, Turkish AND Swedish steam rooms, Russian Food, hookah, open vodka bar, and of course, Balkan Music! Totally bizarre, totally awesome Only-In-New-York (and Turkey, Russia, and Sweden, apparently) experience.

    Singles or Couples: Anyone who can put up with a little craziness. And old Russian men.

    Want to know what to expect at a Russian Bath? Here's what a visit is like.


    If you're single and straight, or single and gay, but do NOT like to mix with the other variant!

    What: Soho House Singles Valentine's Day Brunch

    Where: Soho House, 1:00 pm-10:00 pm

    Why: A table for the gay singles, a table for the straight singles--but NOT seated together! So you don't have to worry about that!

    Singles Or Couples: Singles who have the stamina to eat brunch for 9 hours.

    If you like nature. And poetry. And are really, really cheesy...

    What: Valentine's Day Poetry Hike

    Where/When: Belvedere Castle in Central Park, 11 am.

    Why: Because you love nature and poetry and want to read sonnets to a tour group in Central Park!

    Singles or Couples: I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say singles...

    If you're a Bohemian intellectual who lives in Brooklyn...

    What: Prix Fixe dinner, followed by special screening of "It Happened One Night".

    Where/When: BAM cafe/BAM, February 14th, various seatings.

    Why: Either because you are Dan from Gossip Girl, or you wish your significant other was.

    SIngles or Couples: Cute hipster couples.

    If Harold And Kumar is your favorite movie...

    What: White Castle Valentine's Day

    Where/When: Every White Castle in the city, as long as you make reservations ahead of time.

    Why: If you REALLY love sliders, why not share one with your loved one in a romantically-decorated White Castle? No judgements here!

    Singles Or Couples: Stoners!

    If whether or not you are single or attached, you are first and foremost a bowler.

    What: Bowlmor Lanes Valentine's Day Package

    Where: 110 University Place

    Why: Valentine's Day is as good a day as any to go bowling. If you're in a couple, $100 gets you 1.5 hours of unlimited bowling, appetizers, and a bottle of wine. If you're single, you get beer instead of wine (no explanation as to why this is...), and four people per lane.

    Singles or Couples: BOWLERS.

    If you don't have time to meet people because you have to go to YOGA, duh!

    What: Speed Dating Yoga

    Where: Crunch on Lafyette

    Why: Partner based workout, and your partner rotates every few minutes. Drinks at a bar after.

    Singles or Couples: Very zen singles.

    If you like to mix sex and food....

    What: Sex On A Plate Event

    Where/When: The Roger Smith Hotel Penthouse, February 14th, 6:30-10:00

    Why: If sensuality and food go hand and hand for you, you might want to check out this cocktail and tasting party that celebrates "passion and sensuality". If sensually eating food with a bunch of strangers makes you uncomfortable, then skip this one.

    Singles Or Couples: Foodies!

    If you're single, and therefore need to drink the day away...

    What: The Valentine's Day Single's Ball

    Where: Southern Hospitality, 10:00 pm-2:00 am

    Why: Oh, is it Valentine's Day? Funny, I'd completely forgot! I've just been partying here, stuffing my face with BBQ and downing Jell-O shots, so, you know, I haven't been really thinking about that, but I am having a GREAT TIME. And I'm GLAD I am single. OKAY?

    Singles or Couples: Singles, just until everyone's had enough jell-o shots. And then...