New York

Things to Do on Valentine's Day in NYC When You're Single

Courtesy of Books Are Magic
Courtesy of Books Are Magic
Courtesy of Books Are Magic

So you’re single on February 14… lucky you! Seriously.

Whether you despise Valentine’s Day or could care less about some dumb, fake holiday, there’s plenty to do alone tonight to make it the best evening in February. Menus created for one, singles parties, and creative ways to scorn your exes are all strewn throughout the city for solo V-Day celebrations that will have all your coupled friends jealous of your dedicated you-time. Plus, you don’t have to pay the date night tax or Valentine’s Day premium we’ve come to expect from restaurants on this annual forced night of romance.

Take yourself on a date in New York City at one of these special February 14 events:

ICHIRAN NY
ICHIRAN NY
ICHIRAN NY

Slurp ramen solo at Ichiran

Bushwick
If just the thought of looking at another blissful couple out on February 14 makes your stomach churn, head to a solo slurping booth at Ichiran, where you won’t have to even look at anyone else — including your server obscured behind a screen — as you indulge in a steamy bowl of traditional Japanese ramen. Bonus: No one will judge if you order a second, or third, bowl.

Dirt Candy
Dirt Candy
Dirt Candy

Soothe any single woes with veggies

Lower East Side
Dirt Candy’s Solo Diners Week, an annual celebration in honor of Valentine’s Day, returns from February 12-16 with a seven-course menu designed for people enjoying a meal alone. Dishes will include chef Amanda Cohen’s veggie-centric favorites like Korean fried broccoli, carrot sliders on carrot steamed buns and portobello mousse on truffle toast. $80

Courtesy of The Breslin
Courtesy of The Breslin
Courtesy of The Breslin

Solo Self Love Feast

Flatiron
In honor of her new cookbook, Solo: A Modern Cookbook for a Party of One, and as an ode to the February 14 dinners she used to host at her (now closed) Michelin-starred restaurant, Anissa, chef Anita Lo will host a chef’s table dinner designed for unaccompanied diners at The Breslin. $150 per person. [email protected] for ticket purchase

Courtesy of Books Are Magic
Courtesy of Books Are Magic
Courtesy of Books Are Magic

Heartbreak Hotel: Anti-Valentine’s Day Party

Carroll Gardens
Celebrate being single at Books Are Magic, where writer Molly Rosen Guy will host a dramatic reading series for the broken hearted. Jessica Ciencin Henriquez, Brooke Williams, Emily Rapp Black and Rachel Fleit will also read. Wine will be provided by Winc and Lost Poet, and Pair Piercing will offer on-site ear piercing so you can express your angst with bling. $10 suggested donation to Planned Parenthood of NYC, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meet a fellow know-it-all at Archestratus Trivia

Greenpoint
Nerd out at this bookstore’s free “Teach Me Sweetheart” trivia night. Attend with a team of up to four people, or meet your team in the cafe, where beer, risotto balls and cookies will all be available for purchase and for winning if you know more about, well, many topics, than anyone else. 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

The William Vale
The William Vale
The William Vale

You Time at The William Vale

Williamsburg
Treat yourself to a staycation in Williamsburg, where Brooklyn-based sex product company Maude has teamed up with the trendy hotel for a self-love special. Rooms will be 30% off, and Maude will provide a “specially curated intimacy kit that promises good vibes,” i.e., candles, a vibrator, lube, and some special tips, whatever those are. Queen rooms with a balconies start at $229/night

Laugh it out at The Duplex

West Village
Married Jewish-Palestinian lesbian comedic duo the El-Salomons will host a Valentine’s Day comedy show along with a great lineup of guest comics at the Duplex’s cabaret theater. Laugh away your past relationship woes — if these two can make it, so can you! $10 in advance, $15 at the door, two drink minimum

Courtesy of The Seneca
Courtesy of The Seneca
Courtesy of The Seneca

Shred Your Ex at The Seneca

Ridgewood
Ready to toast goodbye to your last bad relationship? Bring a picture (or a hate doodle) of your ex to this cafe and bar and let the bartender shred it in exchange for a cocktail. “Thank U, Next,” indeed. Unclear if you can shred more than one ex, but you knows who else’s ex you may meet tonight.

Courtesy of Franklin Park
Courtesy of Franklin Park
Courtesy of Franklin Park

Dance like no one’s watching

Crown Heights
Get your clique together or go stag — Franklin Park is recreating a classic school dance to help you relive your teenage years. DJ Heavy Flow will spin 45s and the punch bowl will be spiked. Cute teachers may be in attendance, which is great, since you’re an adult now…  8pm – 1am

Kenny Rodriguez
Kenny Rodriguez
Kenny Rodriguez

Say FU To Love

Bushwick
House of Yes is saying no to corny chocolates and balloons on Valentine’s day and yes to, well, whatever you want to say yes to, as long as it’s consensual. A kissing booth, relationship therapists, champagne, divorce attorney, non-binary babes, and more are promised at this “sexy crazy dance party.” 10pm – 4am, Free before 11pm, $15 after, eventbrite.comSign up here for our daily NYC email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun New York has to offer.

Melissa Kravitz is a contributor to Thrillist.

New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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