The best Valentine’s Day date ideas in NYC

Impress your sweetheart with these wonderful Valentine’s Day date ideas in NYC—they’re way better than a stupid card
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By Jennifer Picht |

Searching for unique Valentine’s Day date ideas? NYC is loaded with romantic things to do as well as events happening either the weekend before or during Cupid’s holiday. Whether you and your significant other are in the mood for a fancy dinner at one of NYC’s most-visited museums or a Disney-themed Valentine's Day party, we’ve come up with an excellent list of outings, which you and your date will adore.

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Best Valentine’s Day date ideas in NYC


Get aroused

No matter how cynical you may be about Valentine’s Day, you’re certain to get all sorts of tingly feelings as the dames and daddies of the Thirsty Girl Burlesque crew show off their delightfully dirty routines. Shelly 'The Singing Siren' hosts a packed lineup of NYC burlesque icons, including the beautiful Peekaboo Pointe, Portia Control, Pearls Daily and more. With so many knockouts onstage, you’ll be idle on Tinder for the rest of the night.

Romance Under the Stars Valentine's Day event at the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planatarium
Photograph: Courtesy AMNH/ C. Chesek
Things to do, Exhibitions

Dine beneath 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. An hour later, cozy up in the Hayden Planetarium while an astronomer tells lovey-dovey stories based on the mythology of the cosmos.

Photograph: Courtesy Jane Kratochvil
Things to do

Attend a lavish party

The Jazz Age Lawn Party’s Michael Arenella hosts his eighth annual black-tie affair in honor of St Valentine. The swank soiree offers cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, live music from Arenella and Queen Esther, a kissing booth and even dance lessons, all in an 1847 townhouse that’s now a private club.

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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Learn how to give a hot massage

Grab your beaux and head to this three-hour workshop taught by sex educator and pro domme Lola Jean. Spring for the Elite Package for 45 min of pre-class sensation play utilizing different tastes, sounds, smells and scents, plus a bottle of massage oil to take home and continue the fun.

Photograph: Courtesy Mo Pitz
Things to do, Performances

Watch a sexy show

Whet your apetite for l'amour with "The Golden Glamazon" Sydni Deveraux and her sexy troupe of burlesque entertainers at this Valentine's Day spectacular. The evening features performances from Amanda Whip, Nasty Canasta, Gal Friday, Qualms Galore and many more.

Photograph: Courtesy Christopher Smith
Things to do

Party like you’re in a fairytale

Some of the greatest love stories of all time were created by Disney, so why not celebrate “true love’s kiss” and all that with New York’s very own Disney rock cover band The Little Mermen? This all-night rager and sing-along will have you crooning the hits from your favorite childhood films such as Aladdin, Pocahontas and The Little Mermaid. And if the date goes well, you might be lucky enough to “Kiss the Girl” (or guy!) by the end of the night.

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Things to do

Have a soulful Valentine’s Day

Ready for a little heart and soul? Take your date to this 70’s night comprising musical performances by R&B/soul stars The Stylistics, The Emotions, Bloodstone, Peaches and Herb and The Blue Notes.

Photograph: David Rosenzweig
Things to do

Listen to the classics

Lovers and fans of classical music should snag tickets to the Merchant House’s Love in the Parlors Valentine’s Day Concert presented by The Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society. Performers such as Anthony Bellov, Amy Gluck, Jane Elizabeth and more will sing the greatest hits from 19th century. You’ll hear everything from Beethoven to Schubert.

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