Love is in the air, it’s Valentine’s Day! But where to go, what do? Don’t fret, if you haven’t made your plans yet, we have compiled a list of things to do, ranging from romantic dinners for two, to a comedy extravaganza, an aerial circus show for the added thrill and some do-good, feel-good events if you want to celebrate with a purpose.
And if you’re single and don’t feel like schmoozing, we’ve got you covered, too!
After all, spreading love is the Brooklyn way. Take a look!
Butter & Scotch’s Drunk Dial Congress: Galentine’s Edition
The resistance is alive, also on Valentine’s Day. The lady bosses of Crown Heights’ bakery and bar Butter & Scotch have been on a mission, particularly since the current administration took office, to combine social activism and business by creating special events such as the “Drunk Dial Congress.”
And for Valentine’s Day, they are hosting a special edition: Instead of writing letters or making calls to air their grievances, they will be making Valentines, and write letters of encouragement and love notes to send to the new freshman class of Congress. Butter & Scotch will provide all the Valentine supplies plus a free shot to anyone who writes their rep!
When: Wednesday, February 13, 5:00pm
Where: Butter & Scotch, 818 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Second Annual Valentine’s Day Senior Brunch
Brooklyn seniors can join Councilmember Robert E. Cornegy Jr. and NYPD’s 79th Precinct for the second annual Valentine’s Day Senior Brunch. Guests can enjoy food, music, dancing, games and a whole lot of love. Students from P.S. 59 William Floyd Elementary School will be ready to deliver cards they handmade with officers from the 79th Precinct earlier in the week.
When: Thursday, February 14, 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Where: Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, 1360 Fulton Street, 5th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Valentine’s Day at Yellow Magnolia Cafe / Brooklyn Botanical Garden
Can you imagine a more romantic setting than an intimate renovated greenhouse overlooking Lily Pool Terrace at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden? The Yellow Magnolia Cafe is offering an exclusive, three-course prix fixe menu with amuse-bouche, prosecco toast and a gift from the Garden. Chef de Cuisine Morgan Jarrett’s unique culinary artistry will be the perfect addition to your Valentine’s Day celebration.
When: Thursday, February 14. Reservations are available from 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Where: Yellow Magnolia Cafe, 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
How much: $69. Make your reservations here.
ARTS East New York’s Paint n’ Sip Fundraiser
Join ARTS East New York for a night of art, music, wine and food, and celebrate black love in East New York.
Multi-media artist Patrick Dougher will be the night’s featured guest. Through his art, Dougher seeks to inspire and celebrate the noble beauty and divine nature of people of African descent, and to connect urban African-American culture to its roots. All proceeds will benefit ARTS East NY’s youth programming. Tickets are $30.
When: Thursday, February 14, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: ARTS East New York, 534 Livonia Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207
How much: $30. For tickets, go here.
Celebrate Love & Heartache at the Wythe Hotel
Single and ready to mingle or boo-ed up with your sweetheart, the Wythe Hotel will be lovingly split to offer something for any situation.
The Reynard, the hotel’s restaurant, will welcome couples for a delicious three-course prix-fixe menu with items like Chicken Terrine with Black Truffles or the Wood-Oven Roasted Cauliflower. Singles can opt for “The Heartbreak Hotel Party,” a night of dancing, drinking and healing at The Ides Rooftop. The night’s specialty Bitter’s Forward cocktails should help as well with washing away any sorrows, heartaches or bitterness.
Dinner at the Reynard
When: Thursday, February 14, 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Where: 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
How much: $95. For reservations, go here.
Heartbreak Hotel at the Ides
When: Thursday, February 14, 8:00pm – 12:00am
Where: 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
How much: Free! For reservations, go here.
THE BackFatlor at Union Hall
Think Last Comic Standing meets The Bachelor: Four single, accomplished stand-up comics compete in comedy challenges to win an all-expenses-paid date with a striking bachelor, thanks to sponsor IDK Tonight. It’s Brooklyn’s answer to dating shows—complete with succulents instead of roses—and it’s the most fun you’ll have watching love unfold in February. The BackFatlor is created and hosted by Larry Mancini (ESPN Radio) and Emily Winter (The TODAY Show, NPR, The New York Times).
When: Thursday, February 14, 7:30pm
Where: Union Hall, 702 Union St., Brooklyn, NY 11215
How much: $8 in advance (get tickets here) / $10 at the door
BAM – Non Solus: A Tale of Two Bodies
Hungary’s visionary Recirquel Company is taking to the skies of Brooklyn with Non Solus, an aerial circus act of trust. Performed without a net, the show at BAM — whose title translates to Not Alone — is a “sublime duet” of two people searching for love but also unity with the world, blending modern circus techniques with dancing for a sensual performance that speaks to the longing in us all.
When: Thursday, February 14 – Saturday, February 16,
Where: BAM, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
How much: $30+. For tickets, go here.
For Singles! F— Love All Night Dance Party
If you’re not feeling all the romance and “love is in the air” vibe, maybe you want to dance the night away in Bushwick. House of Yes invites the following people to celebrate love (not Valentine’s Day): Girls crying in the bathroom, boys crying in the bathroom, non-binary babes crying anywhere they want to and still looking more put together than you, divorce attorneys and more. And, ok, couples, too. Did we mention that the legendary Rich Medina will be behind the turntables?
When: Thursday, February 14, 10:00pm – 4:00am
Where: House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
How Much: $15
Lady Sings the Blues at Brooklyn Music School
Brooklyn Music School‘s Jazz Department presents Lady Sings the Blues inspired by the great Lady Day herself, Billie Holiday. The show will feature guest performer Janis Russell, a talented jazz vocalist and the director of the Lafayette Inspirational Ensemble, a local gospel choir from Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church. The show will also showcase a variety of BMS’s ensembles and students including the student jazz ensemble, a choir from BMS’s outreach site at P.S. 38, and the adult chorale ensemble.
When: Saturday, February 16, 5:00pm
Where: Brooklyn Music School, 126 St Felix St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
How much: Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door.
Happy Valentine’s Day, BK Readers!