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Celebrate Galentine's Day in NYC

Valentine's Day doesn't have to be solely about romantic love. Cupid has BFFs too!

Leslie Knope from "Parks and Recreation" describes Galentine's Day as "Ladies celebrating ladies. Lilith Fair minus the angst and plus frittatas."

We're down.

Celebrate friendship, girl power and all the wonders of being a woman this Galentine's Day. Enjoy brunch, drinks, shopping or whatever makes you feel happiest while spending time with your gal pals.

Get pink and sparkly

Bubbly rosé may be the girliest way to
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Bubbly rosé may be the girliest way to celebrate Valentine's day -- cheers! Pick up a bottle of Nicolas Feuillatte's fruity brut rosé champagne ($48) or splurge for Laurent-Perrier's Cuvée Rosé ($100) made from 100% Pinot Noir. If Champagne isn't in the budget, chill out with mini bottles of Martini Prosecco in Sparkling Rosé ($15 for 4 minis).

Get charmed!

You're never too old for friendship bracelets! Or
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You're never too old for friendship bracelets! Or friendship toe rings, whatever. Visit Brooklyn Charm (145 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn) and design your own friendship jewelry from hundreds of charms, chains, pendants and more or even take a jewelry making class to help start your own creative project.

Feast on a shared meal

Single ladies can eat solo any night of
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Single ladies can eat solo any night of the week, but Galentine's Day is a special occasion! Kick off the morning with a group brunch at Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya, where $25/person (4 person minimum) will get you family-style dishes like fried rice, pork meatball skewers, pancakes and fried chicken along with a cocktail. Take the gals to dinner at Momofuku Noodle Bar, where a $125 fried chicken dinner can be reserved for a group or to Ssäm Bar, where a whole group rotisserie duck feast goes for $140.

Text your long distance BFF during a solo meal

Treat yourself to Dirt Candy's
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Treat yourself to Dirt Candy's "Solo Diners Week" where $65 gets you six courses -- and you don't have to share. iPhones and other devices are encouraged to schedule a tech date with your far away friend. Let's be honest: You'd both be on your phones anyway if you were dining together.

Send some Galentines

Tell your friends how much you love and
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Tell your friends how much you love and appreciate them with thoughtful Galentine's Day cards. Bluestockings, NYC's feminist bookstore, has quippy cards, or check local bookstores like McNally Jackson or WORD for fun stationery. We're also big fans of Etsy's Emily McDowell for cute, hand-drawn cards.

Go on a date with hot chocolate

Gal pals or just some warm, cozy, drinkable
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Gal pals or just some warm, cozy, drinkable chocolate can be your date for Galentine's afternoon. Check out the City Bakery's annual hot chocolate festival for festive flavors that change each day of February!

Get pampered

Galentine's is all about treating yourself! Book a
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Galentine's is all about treating yourself! Book a spa day at Spa Castle for a fun and relaxing afternoon or indulge in a treatment at the newly renovated Haven Spa. Their Valentine's Day 4 Two Package includes a one-hour Swedish massage followed by a couple's chocolate pedicure and the spa reports that they've seen a rise in friends booking couples treatments together. You could also go full-on staycation with a visit a hotel spa like Guerlain at the Waldorf followed by a relaxing Netflix and chocolate night in a guest room.

Turn your nails into works of art

We're not talking a quick $7 manicure between
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We're not talking a quick $7 manicure between work and dinner reservations, we mean a Galentine's Day manicure. Book an appointment with friends for an extra lush treatment or custom nail art at New York salons like Primp and Polish, Valley or Paintbox.

Go all out for girls' night out

You're not sitting at home and watching 'Girls'
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You're not sitting at home and watching 'Girls' tonight. Book tickets to a show, reserve a table at a club and enjoy a lavish feast. We have some ideas at amny.com/lifestyle.

Sing your heart out

There's no night like ladies night to step
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There's no night like ladies night to step up your karaoke game! Book a room at Karaoke Duet 35 or Radio Star Karaoke if you're too shy for strangers. Those who thrive in front of an audience can also check out Karaoke Boho or Sing Sing Karaoke.

Slurp up spaghetti with your squad

We have Scarpetta's incredible Spaghetti with Tomato and
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We have Scarpetta's incredible Spaghetti with Tomato and Basil recipe and you know you want to cook it all of Valentine's Day weekend.

Be your own mixologist

Let's face it, most singles at the bar
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Let's face it, most singles at the bar on Valentine's Day are either desperate or creeps. Save some money and build your skills by drinking at home! Check out our Valentine's cocktail recipes by NYC bartenders, the next best thing (or better) to going out.

Head out to Brooklyn's official Galentine's Day celebration!

Galentine's Day is officially Feb. 13 and NYC
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Galentine's Day is officially Feb. 13 and NYC is ready to celebrate. Beloved romance novelists Megan Frampton, Sarah MacLean, Maya Rodale, Tessa Bailey and more lady friends will celebrate with an evening of "delicious drinks, salacious conversation, book-matchmaking and all the naughty bits," according to Word Bookstore, which is hosting the event at Villain. $10 includes a book, 5:30 - 9:00 p.m., 50 N. 3rd St., Williamsburg, wordbookstores.com

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