Where to enjoy Valentine’s Day in NYC without breaking the bank

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Valentine’s Day is a great occasion for showing your loved one how much they mean to you, but that does not mean you have to break the bank to do it. Check out these affordable events around New York to make your date feel special without maxing out your credit card. 

Vow Renewals in Times Square

Wish you could marry your significant other all over again? Join the Vow Renewal Ceremony in Times Square at 6 p.m. on Valentine’s Day for another chance to profess your love for your partner on the iconic glass Red Steps. The ceremony is preceded by a performance from Broadway’s Tony Award-winning Best Musical Dear Evan Hansen. Register for the renewal at timessquarenyc.org

Paint Night

The Jackie Robinson Recreation Center invites you to spend an evening creating a work of art as an instructor guides you through the process. Come with a date, or come alone, either way, you get to spend Valentine’s making something beautiful. The instructor begins at 7 p.m. 85 Bradhurst Ave., Manhattan.

RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/valentines-day-paint-night-tickets-86498821303

Valentine’s Day Stroll

Take a tour of Central Park’s most romantic locations. You can enjoy a hot beverage from nearby Le Pain Quotidien and buy a nice gift from the Central Park Conservancy. Tours begin at 11 a.m. Tour tickets are $25.  https://www.centralparknyc.org/tours/valentines-day-stroll

“Single Awareness” Pub Crawl 

For the owners of lonely hearts, there are three bars and a club in lower east Manhattan looking to help you forget how in love everyone else is. Tickets are $22 and include entry to the nightclub, free shots and special “pub crawl only” deals. The crawl begins at 9 p.m.

Book your tickets at https://pubcrawlnewyork.com/event/valentines-day-pub-crawl/

Valentine’s Day Gay Mixer

More than 100 gay and bisexual men are getting together for a night of ice breakers, chocolates, and a full bar with special Valentine’s Day drinks. Get to the Sir Henri Rooftop Penthouse Bar at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance. 


Rosé Wine Mansion

The Instagram famous Rosé Wine Mansion amusement park, 111 West 32nd St., is throwing a Valentine’s Day Soirée from 3-9 p.m. as a part of their Pink Weekend for their regular admission price of $35. Tickets are available at rosewinemansion.com

The Photograph

Take your date to one of the many iconic movie theaters around New York City to catch this romance featuring Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield. Two tickets for the AMC 19th St. and East 6 are $34 before taxes and fees. 


This Valentine’s Day party takes you back to the 70s and 80s. The party at C’Mon Everbody begins at 11 p.m. and costs $5. All ticket-buyers get a free glass of champagne! 


Manic Ceramic in Brooklyn 

Looking to get crafty without getting too messy? Paint a pre-made ceramic piece and enjoy wine and chocolates as a part of this two-for-one deal. Each couple costs $130. 395 Graham Ave., Brooklyn


Valentine’s Day Pre-Fixe

Join ​Hofbräu Bierhaus for a three-course dinner for two including an appetizer, entree and dessert accompanied by a 2-Liter boot of Hofbräu beer to share. Reserve your tickets for $65 at www.bierhausnyc.com/reservations. Dinner begins at 5 p.m. 712 3rd Ave.