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This Week in NYC: Feb. 12–18

How is it already mid-February? We feel like 2018 is going to be over before we know it. Enjoy all the Valentine’s Day-themed events the city has to offer this week, not to mention the plethora of Mardi Gras parties that are sure to be happening in each borough. Read on for a few of our must-do events this week. Have a great one!

Tipsy Scoop, the buzzy creamery serving alcohol-infused ice cream, is hosting a Galentine’s Day celebration you won’t want to miss. Stop by this boozy ice cream social for a DIY boozy ice cream sundae bar with Valentine’s Day-themed candies, toppings, and treats, appetizers and other tasty bites, a chance to win a Prosecco pong kit and Tipsy Scoop gift card, and much more. Get tickets here217 E 26th Street, New York, NY

Laissez les bons temps rouler, Bitches!  Celebrate Fat Tuesday in style at Dirt Candy, an inventive vegetarian restaurant that we recently visited for brunch for a second time. The LES resto is serving a six-course dinner featuring a line-up of new Mardi Gras-inspired dishes, like vegetable beignets, celeriac po boys, and gumbo. Tickets are $95 per person, and you can also opt for a beverage pairing for an additional $45 or order cocktails a la carte. Reserve your spot here86 Allen Street, New York, NY

Looking for plans for Valentine’s Day? Then make a reservation at the Meatball Shop’s West Village location, where you can indulge in a seven-course, totally off-menu dinner. Some of the evening’s special dishes include duck and foie gras balls, handmade ricotta gnocchi, and pork tenderloin. Tickets are $75, and for another $45, you can enjoy beverage pairings as well. 64 Greenwich Avenue, New York, NY

Staying in and having a dinner party with your best Bitches instead of going out? From decorative tablescapes to inventive cocktails, dive in to our Galentine’s Day Hosting Guide for a slew of hosting tips and tricks.

This one’s for all the art geeks out there. The tipi is getting a space-age makeover, courtesy of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. If you haven’t checked out this museum yet, this installation is the perfect opportunity. Featuring five frosted Plexiglas tipis, each eight feet tall and colorfully illuminated in neon hues that change throughout the day, this installation is part of the larger exhibition “Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound.” Go for a visit and you’ll walk away with a fresh culture perspective–and maybe even some great content for the ‘gram. National Museum of the American Indian, One Bowling Green, New York, NY

For the ladies who love to cook, join Chef Dustin Harder for the official launch party of his new book, “The Simply Vegan Cookbook,” at Orchard Grocer. Dustin, who’s also the host of “The Vegan Roadie,” a plant-based spin-off of “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives,” shows how fun and accessible vegan eating can be in his recently published book. Your ticket gets you a copy of the book, as well as a tasty sandwich and a bottle of REVIVE Kombucha. Reserve your spot here78 Orchard Street, New York, NY

Grab a date and head to Brooklyn for the Valentine’s Day Dessert Wine Fest, hosted in a romantic backyard garden space with wood burning fire pits. Your ticket gets you food and wine samples, “paired” with works of art, which can be bid on during the silent auction portion of the event. You’ll also get a custom tasting wine glass, plus a gift certificate good for a glass of wine at Rooftop Reds Vineyard and Winery. Cheers! 313 Butler Street, Brooklyn, NY

Brunch at Celestine in New York City. Read the review at <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>

We’ve been on a bit of a Mediterranean kick lately, and Celestine’s brunch definitely hits the spot. The spectacular views of the Manhattan bridge and the city skyline didn’t hurt, either. Read all about our experience here.

Ann Louise

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