You know what’s not sexy? Waiting until the last minute to get tickets for these killer Valentine’s Day events. Whether you're in love with love or anti–V-Day, we’ve put together a list of the best things to do on Valentine’s day, including the best parties, romantic restaurants, shows and the most romantic things to do to get to in the mood—or not.
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Best things to do on Valentine’s Day in NYC
Downtown stars team up to sing superhits like "You Don’t Bring Me Flowers," "I Got You Babe" and "Don’t Go Breaking My Heart" in this annual duets show, hosted by Cathy Cervenka and Corn Mo. Performers this year include Molly Pope, Angela Di Carlo, David Ilku, Brian Charles Rooney, Yan Chupenko, Daryl Glenn, Mardie Millit and Paul Leschen.
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.
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.
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!
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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.
Discover the affairs of the heart that played out among New York’s optimistic working-class immigrants in the 19th and early 20th centuries on this guided tour. You’ll be able to ease your real-estate anxiety on a stroll through Orchard Street the old-school lover’s lane of the LES: Orchard Street. View richly re-created apartments from the era, indulge in sweet treats, and hear the most salacious and sweet tales of late-night fire escape rendezvous, renter-boarder romance and neighborhood scandal since Sex and the City.
Prepare to feel horn aplenty at this carnal Dionysian feast. Eat food off nude models, witness Surrealist art installations, and get intimate with curious strangers in dungeons, hot-wax play areas and even a “cuddle puddle lounge.” A harem of uninhibited performers will help you fulfill all of your Valentine’s Day sings beyond just eating a box of chocolates.