Valentine’s Day is a pressure cooker of emotion, anxiety and absurd expectations. What do I wear? How do I smell? What should I buy? Where should I book a table? And I don’t know about you, but all that stress is not something I want on my plate. It’s not that I’m an anti-Valentine's Day curmudgeon—trust me, I love the holiday—but I’ll admit that I’m excited to be spending this year’s holiday alone. You see, it’s been about a full calendar year since my three-and-a-half-year relationship ended, and I’m ready to see what a solo Valentine’s Day in NYC has in store for me.
Gimme all that mushy, couple-y lovey-dovey everything—for one please. Because who better to love me, then, well, me? This Valentine’s Day, I’m actively choosing to find ways to date myself. That means no worrying about having anything stuck in my teeth or pretending to care about NFTs or arguing over the bill. Instead, I’m cultivating a full-fledged relationship with me, myself, and I. That being said, I’m not planning on spending the holiday sitting at home in my PJs with a bar of Hershey’s. Actually, I might do that, but only after hitting the town for a solo love fest. Here are some of my recommendations for spending Valentine’s Day single in the Big Apple. Pro tip: You don’t even have to celebrate on February 14th. That’s the beauty of zero expectations—you can save all your holiday fun for the weekend if you want!