New York experiences a certain bleakness that only seems to exist in February. The holidays are over, the trees are bare with no leaves and no lights, the thrill of the New Year has already began to dwindle and you start anxiously counting down the days left until Summer’s arrival. We don’t mean to depress you, but we know it happens to all of us. Some people prefer to hibernate indoors during this time and take full advantage of Netflix and Chinese take out. Others spend every waking moment working on their beach bodies. We, on the other hand, are telling you to go out and explore. Contrary to what the freezing temperatures force us to believe, there’s plenty of fun to be had in New York City every month of the year. And February is no exception. So we’ve rounded up a list of events to keep you busy!
Twice a year, 350+ NYC restaurants participate in Restaurant Week.The event, which actually lasts over a week, gifts the city with dining deals and discounts to some of the best restaurants in New York. This year, it’s from January 21st to February 8th. Our recommendations? Go to the 10 Corso Como Cafe for traditional Italian food. Afterwards, head into the concept store itself for the latest fashion trends, home decor and art pieces curated by the shop’s Milanese founder, Carla Sozzani. You can also try Claudette in Greenwich Village and enjoy a light and airy ambiance with a fusion of French-Moroccan cuisine that’ll make you believe you’re somewhere on the Mediterranean. And if you want to get really fancy, what better time to enjoy a luxury dinner at Bâtard than during a discounted restaurant week?
Chinese New Year Parade
If you’ve already messed up and let go of your New Year’s goals, rest assured. There’s another New Year you can count on for a new beginning: The Chinese New Year. Chinatown makes up an integral part of the city’s DNA and should be explored anyway, but there’s really no better time to do it than during the Lunar New Year festivities. During the entirety of February, all of Chinatown is decorated with dragons and lanterns. And during the festival, you’ll get to experience traditional music, dance and food. And let’s talk about the performances: dragon dancing, martial arts showcases and fashion shows. This festival’s a full package!
The Sweetheart Soiree
If you’re one of those people that always plans to attend the famous Jazz Age Lawn Party in the summer, but somehow keeps missing it every single year (Can you tell this is based on a true story?!), your dreams have come true. Michael Arenella, the creator of the lawn party, also hosts a winter soirée on February 8th to celebrate St. Valentine. And in true swanky fashion, the party is a black tie affair offering fabulous cocktails, dance lessons, amazing food and even a kissing booth!
NY’s Got Talent
Want to turn your dreams of being the next Simon Cowell or Heidi Klum into a reality? Well, New York’s got its own talent show and you could be the first to witness and discover underground talent during New York’s Got Talent: Season 6. Grab a friend, sit back and relax while a variety of singers, dancers, jugglers, comedians, drummers, gymnasts and who knows who else take the stage. And hey, maybe you’ll be the first to lay eyes on the world’s next biggest star!
Brooklyn Wine Fest
A wine fest in the middle of February? Yeah, we’ll take it. At the Brooklyn Expo Center On February 9th, grab a friend and experience the world through wine. Guests will enjoy wine samples for the entire evening paired with live entertainment, food and interactive games. It’s basically like you’re leaving the cold city and transporting to the south of France or Italy. We’d take that any day of the year!