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Our Guide to Celebrating Yourself This Valentine’s Day in NYC

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Do you feel that slight vibration in the air, Bitches? Is it love? Is it electricity? (If it’s the later, run away. And actually if it’s the former…) Anyway, Valentine’s Day is on Wednesday, and if there’s one good takeaway from this Hallmark holiday, it’s the excuse to treat yourself.

Single, taken, in love with pinot grigio—no matter your relationship status, you deserve to take some time and appreciate numero uno, your own damn self. You work hard. You play hard. You love hard. Do you appreciate yourself with such fervor? No time like the present to start. Below we’ve rounded up five fun and easy ways to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day (or any day). Happy V-Day, Bitches! Love you. Mean it.

TAKE A DANCE CLASS

Bring sexy back and take a fun, empowering dance class at DivaDance. What’s better than leaving your inhibitions at the door and letting your inner Beyoncé tear it up? I’ve taken two classes with this company and had the best time. On V-Day this year, you can take a drop-in class and learn dances to “Single Ladies” by Queen Bey or “No Scrubs” by TLC.  Everyone has seen how free Armie Hammer looks while dancing in Call Me By Your Name, right? It’s time to get on his level.

TAKE YOURSELF OUT

There’s nothing I love more than taking myself out to a nice dinner. An extroverted introvert, I thrive on alone time and need it to recharge from the daily stress of being around other people. Extroverts, you’ll want to grab a friend and hit the town in celebration. There are tons of places offering Valentine’s Day specials this year, and here are three fun options we found via our daily Instagram scroll:

Little Tong Noodle Shop: I’ve been stalking this Chinese noodle shop for a while now because its noodles look to be the stuff of dreams. On V-Day, the restaurant is hosting three seatings for a special evening of little plates, noodle bowls, and a beautiful blood orange ice cream with coconut snow dessert. Tickets, $40 per person, are available here. Grab yourself, your mom, your BFF, whoever, and get ready to indulge in some epics noods.

Companie des Vins Surnaturels: This one’s for the Anti-Valentine’s Day folks. My friend Christy introduced me to this cozy Nolita wine bar, and it’s quickly become my favorite in this city. This February 14, it’s hosting a Breakfast Club themed Official Unofficial Anti-Valentine’s Day party. Come dressed as your favorite John Hughes character, munch on breakfast for dinner, sip ’80s wine specials, and dance to ’80s hits. Sounds rad to us. Just remember to RSVP—the earlier the better. The New Yorker just wrote this place up, so you know it’s on everyone’s hit list now.

Brigitte: Brigitte, a French-Brazilian bistro in the LES where we just enjoyed brunch, is hosting a phone-free Valentine’s Day dinner called Débranchez Brigitte. (“Brigitte Unplugged” in French). The idea? Enjoy a $69 three-course prix-fixe dinner sans the distraction of your cell phone. Stash your cell away in a cigar box at the beginning of the meal and instead use the provided conversation cards and Polaroid cameras to entertain yourself during the meal. Think of it as a way to live in the moment—with wine. You can make a reservation via Resy.

HOST A GALENTINE’S DAY PARTY

As big a fan of Galentine’s Day as Leslie Knope from Parks and Rec? So is our Chicago editor Alexis. She planned the perfect Galentine’s celebration, and there’s still time for you to get in on the fun. Her how-to guide breaks down how to decorate, what to eat, and what to drink. Host a party and show all your friends how much you appreciate them. You’ll feel the love reflected back tenfold.

READ A BOOK

Speaking of female friendships, I just received a copy of a new book making waves this season, Text Me When You Get Home by Kayleen Schaefer. An investigation and celebration of female friendship, TMWYGH is the perfect book to read on V-Day in honor of yourself and the women who keep you (mostly) sane. I know I would be nothing without my friends, who I text and tag on Instagram in ridiculous memes incessantly, so I can’t wait to finish reading this book and pass it on to them to discuss.

FREE YOUR MIND

If something is stressing you out—your relationship status, the state of the nation, lady Doritos—take some time out to free your mind and relax. New York City is full of places to rest and unwind, and here are two favorites:

Inscape: A “destination for modern wellness,” Inscape offers immersive meditation and relaxation experiences, think sound baths in a domed room, focusing on happiness, radiance, productivity, and more. Bring a loved one on V-Day for the special Expand Your Heart workshop.

Mndful: One of the nicest meditation studios in the city, Mndfl exists to help you feel good. This Valentine’s Day, why not try out a Mndfl Love class to learn to open your heart to its fullest extent? Cynics might be more interested in the sleep meditation class that follows it.

SHOP TILL YOU DROP

If all else fails, shop till you drop. It will always make you feel better… until you see your credit card bill.

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