By Gabrielle Pedriani | February 10, 2017 | Lifestyle
While we’re certain you’ve been flooded with your fill of romantic Valentine’s Day affairs, a new spin on the holiday has emerged. Find a friend or opt for an evening alone at one of these Anti-Valentine’s Day events around NYC, aimed at celebrating singledom and easing any annoyances with the holiday.
Tuesday, February 14, 10 p.m.-late
For those who balk at all forms of February 14 affection, whiskey-centric Nolita bar Rochelle's will host an Anti-V-Day Party, collaborating with "Hater," the first dating app uniquely focused on what people hate instead of what they love. Oriented around a "love bites" theme, the event will feature a comedy show from 8-10 p.m. in addition to exclusively priced cocktails throughout the evening. 205 Chrystie St., 212-673-2400
Tuesday, February 14, 5-10 p.m.
In truly stark opposition to the holiday's traditions, The Fat Monk, a new restaurant from chef Rob McCue, will curate a $35 surprise tasting menu that loosely mirrors the process of a “breakup.” The carefully crafted menu will walk you through a “relationship,” beginning with a vibrant dish, move to something inspired by heartbreak, and end by creatively channeling a degree of sadness. Call or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservation. 949 Columbus Ave., 212-837-2334
Tuesday, February 14, 5:30 p.m.- 1 a.m.
French cuisine destination, Boucherie, is offering a twist on Valentine's Day by inviting all the independent females of NYC in for a “Galentine's Day” special. Elevate your epicurean game with a prix-fixe menu featuring refined dishes like escargots en persillade, steak au poivre, and tarte tatin, while sipping on a bottle of carefully-selected wine to make the date you didn't bring seethe with jealousy. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant or through OpenTable. Guests should mention the Galentine’s Day Special when booking. 99 Seventh Ave S., 212-837-1616
Tuesday, February 14, 5:30–11:30 p.m. (Flamenco dances starts at 8:30 p.m.)
Bar LunÀtico in Bed-Stuy is hosting a special Flamenco-themed night to beat the single blues. Dance the night away with Leslie Roybal, one of the country's most famous Flamenco dancers, while dining on dishes like Andalusian paella and specialty cocktails available throughout the night. Reservations for dinner are suggested and admission is free (suggested $10 donation to support the artists). 486 Halsey St., Brooklyn, 718-513-0339
Tuesday, February 14, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
Belle Shoals is hosting a Lonely Hearts Club Dinner on Valentine's Day for all those seeking a respite from the overly peppy parties often associated with the holiday. Affordably priced for independent diners, $20 will treat you to biscuits with bourbon butter, two deviled eggs, four jalapeño hush puppies, and your choice of a Rye Old Fashioned, glass of wine, or a beer and a shot. 10 Hope St., Brooklyn, 718-218-6027
Tuesday, February 14, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Those more interested in satiating their hunger than their hearts will appreciate Dinosaur Bar-B-Que's "Eat, Drink, and be Messy" Valentine's Day affair. Scrap manners for saucy barbecue dishes and themed drinks like the Bucket of Love (beer bucket) and the Right Swipe (vodka soda). Disregard the desire to impress another human in favor of some finger-licking good food. 604 Union St., Brooklyn, 347-429-7030; 700 W. 125th St., 212-694-1777
Tuesday, February 14, 4 p.m.-12 a.m.
If fancy affairs, delicate dishes, and formal service isn’t your thing, Printers Alley is a Southern-inspired reprieve that’s offering up an alternative to the standard options available for the mildly contentious holiday. Singles are welcome to enjoy a variety of drinks (from frozen cocktails to pitchers of beer), two-step the night away to live music, or harken back to their younger beer pong and corn hole days in the downstairs bar. 215 W. 40th St., 212-419-2770
Tuesday, February 14, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.
Edgy underground champagne bar, Riddling Widow, is inviting guests to forget about the Day of Love. Sit back with a bottle of sparkling rose and a choice of cheese or chocolate fondue in the cozy bar, which is tucked away beneath street level. DJ Mike Magers will spin low-key jams to ease any tensions. Email email@example.com for reservations. 127 Macdougal St., 212-598-1809
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREW/In Good Company (BELLE SHOALS); Brent Herrig Photography (Dino BBQ)