February, while the shortest month of the year, has quite a bit of meaning to almost everybody in the country. Presidents’ Day, Black History Month and even Mardi Gras are celebrated throughout the month. And while each of those holidays have deep cultural and historical significance, probably the most heavily marketed of February’s holidays is Valentine’s Day. With thousands of different love-themed candy, cards declaring love and admiration and retail stores decked out in decorations of cupid and hearts, Valentine’s Day is the most commercial holiday of the month. And as such, millions of couples get together and express their feelings for one another. If you have a significant other that you would like to spend time with this Valentine’s Day, here are a few different things to do in the the city of New York.


The tried and true, go-to Valentine’s Day event is the dinner date. And in the sprawling city of New York, there is no shortage of restaurants and fine eateries. Some fine restaurants include Swiss Chef Daniel Humm’s Eleven Madison Park, where patrons can enjoy smoked sturgeon, carrot tartare and even tableside egg creams, the masterful Japanese menus of chefs Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau or Chef Alfred Portale’s Gotham Bar and Grill.

Romantic Walk

One of the more uncommon activities to do on Valentine’s Day to show your affection is to go for a walking tour through various areas in the city. Hold hands while casually strolling through New York’s finest attractions and landmarks. Some of the more popular tours include the Manhattan to Brooklyn NYC Walking Tour which includes a stroll through the Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) neighborhood. Or you can try the Small-group Photography Walking Tour of NYC which features a full fledged photography lesson with stops at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park and Times Square in order to get the perfect shots.

See a Show

Another terrific way to spend the evening is to watch a show. Staying home watching your favorite television programming or heading over to a theater to catch the latest rom-com are both fine things to do on Valentine’s Day. However, if you’re a bit more adventurous, try going to a live concert. The Love Bites show at Joe’s Pub is sure to delight the crowd, featuring duets of some of the most popular pop/rock duets by New York City’s most famous downtown performers.

Whether you stay in, go to dinner, go to a show or walk around the city that never sleeps, this Valentine’s Day is sure to be another great day. But if you are struggling to think up some fun ways to enjoy the day, hopefully these suggestions will make your Valentine’s Day a bit more special.