Last Minute Valentine's Day Plan Suggestions

Despite the fact that convenience stores have filled up with heart-shaped candy boxes and larger-than-life stuffed animals long ago, some of us wake up on the morning of Feb. 14 and realize that our Valentine's Day plans are, well, nonexistent.

Whether you choose to spend the evening with a significant other or a group of your closest friends, NYU.FASHION has compiled a list of restaurants and shows around downtown Manhattan that are perfect for any situation. With the planning out of the way, you can make sure to take a night to revel in all of the love in your life — whatever form it may take!


Dimly lit with an ever-boisterous stream of clientele, Cafe Mogador boasts fine moroccan and mediterranean cuisine amidst a no-frills yet elegant atmosphere right by campus.

While Westville facilitates a bit more of an intimate atmosphere than Cafe Mogador, this venue also shirks any pretentious vibes and is always aglow with energy, making both of these haunts the perfect spot for a date or a group of friends to enjoy a meal.

If you want to embrace the hallmark spirit of Saint Valentines in all its corniness, however, you could also head to Pietro Nolita in SoHo to swim in a world of pink decor. Be cautious when forming your plans, though — none of these haunts take reservations!


    To put a bit of a twist on the classic “dinner-and-a-movie,” head over to the International Film Center to watch The Loving Story, which traces the romance that challenged and abolished the country’s laws against interracial relationships. The show costs $17 and is followed by a Q&A with the director, Nancy Buirski!

Jazz Show

    If you’re looking for a more musical night out, the 20-piece Latin-Jazz band Bronx Conexión will be performing at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe at 9:30 p.m. The show only costs $7 if you show your student ID at the door!

Afternoon Art Gallery

    An unfortunate situation for the art-savvy who seek a quieter night out, Valentines Day falls on a Tuesday this year, meaning that many of New York’s museums will be closed. NYU’s own Grey Art Gallery, however, will be open until 6 p.m. The suggested admission donation for their exhibit on the history of New York’s art galleries is only $3, making it a perfect stop-over before dinner!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Written by: Katherine Borkov