Once again, Valentine's Day is rearing its red head. And I'm still single! But to make the sting a little less disheartening, the city is hosting a variety of special events, performances and menus for the lonely and hungry -- that don't involve a screening of "Fifty Shades of Grey." So drop the box of Godiva, grab your gals and head out.
With all the hummus you could ever eat, Pergola offers the perfect place for ladies to celebrate Valentine's Day. On Feb. 14, chef Nestor Moina will serve a special menu just for the ladies, complete with bottles of champagne, cocktails, a Mediterranean tasting platter and dessert. With the bounty of food and drinks, you'll probably pass out in bed before you can realize you're alone. $325/group of 5, $550 group of 10 or more; 36 W. 28th St., 212-679-4842
Duane Park is an ideal spot for a decadent evening with friends. And this Valentine's Day, you and the girls can enjoy the live burlesque show "Tease ohhhh Rama." To pair with the titillating performance, you'll feast on a 3-course meal that will be "an aphrodisiac's delight." The evening will be as appetizing for your stomach as it will be for your eyes. $95 for 6 p.m. seating, $125 for 9:30 p.m. seating; 308 Bowery, 212-732-5555
If you want a show that is even more over the top, head to the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel for the extravagant Queen of the Night performance. There you'll see thonged men jumping through hoops, lavish displays of love and sex and food you can feast on (like whole suckling pig and lobsters served in cages). Finish the evening with one of the performers spoon-feeding you dessert -- which is really the goal of Valentine's Day anyway, right? Starting at $195; 235 W. 46th St., 212-764-5500
Ariel Kanter is an editor at Gilt City.