7 Alternatives to Valentine’s Day Date Night

February 9, 2016

The City and Us | Alternatives to Valentine's Day Date Night

Valentine’s Day is in six days. Do you have anything fun planned this year? One thing we’ve learned about Valentine’s Day in NYC is that it can be a pricey, prix fixe menu madhouse. So, if you’re looking for alternative date night ideas this year, here are seven…

  1. Cook a meal together. Families often serve the same main dishes for major holidays meals–at Christmas we always have prime rib with my dad and ham with my mom, so why not start a meal tradition for Valentine’s Day? Set the mood with fancy napkins, candles, and a vase filled with fresh flowers.
  2. Take a cooking class together. How fun would it be to learn to cook something new–like empanadas, gnocchi, or Baklava–on a Valentine’s Day date? My mom recently sent me a picture of herself at King Arthur Flour taking a pizza-cooking class, and I instantly thought what a fun date-night idea!
  3. Valentine’s Day boozy brunch. Because who doesn’t love a boozy brunch?
  4. At-home wine tasting. Buy a few bottles of wine–one of your favorites and one or two that you’ve never tried before–cheese, crackers, nuts, and some fruit. Put this on the tv and chill.
  5. Go to a museum. If you’re up for a low-key afternoon or evening out, try wandering around a museum. I’ve also heard good things about these (have you done one before?).
  6. Take an exercise class together. There’s nothing like getting the endorphins pumping before heading home for a steamy shower for two (amirite?). ; )
  7. Go out to dinner the night before or the night after Valentine’s Day. It’s less crowded, and if you’re not the prix fixe menu type, you’ll enjoy your meal more.

Which would you pick? What do you usually do on Valentine’s Day?


PS. Watching this would also be a fun way to spend the evening.

Photo by Mef Hamilton.



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