Valentine’s Day is coming up next month, but roses, chocolate, and Hallmark cards aren’t for everyone. If you’d rather round up your best gal pals and celebrate the joys of female friendship on Galentine’s Day, read on, because we’ve rounded up five fun ways to celebrate with your girls this year near Times Square!
A classic way to spend the evening is dinner and drinks at a renowned restaurant. That’s tricky these days with the pandemic, however, you can still get takeout from an accoladed restaurant near Times Square. Check out Tonchin, which has earned Michelin’s Bib Gourmand designation, which means “good quality, good value cooking.” Better yet, a meal here is very seasonally appropriate: you can cure the winter blues with their piping hot ramen. Michelin also recommends their crisp-seared gyoza, a starter that’s a delicious way to begin your Galentine’s Day event.
If you’re looking for a more mom-and-pop type restaurant, Gazala’s is the place to go. You’ll need to head a bit north of Times Square to the Upper West Side to get there, but it’s definitely worth it for the wonderful Middle Eastern food they serve! This woman-owned business imports its spices, herbs, and olive oil straight from Lebanon, so you know you’re eating authentic cuisine. Guy Fieri gave the restaurant a shout out on his show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, especially praising their fresh Kebabs and Bourekas.
Bryant Park Igloos
If you’re trying to be safe due to COVID-19, an outdoor celebration is the way to go. And even in February, a picnic is a fun way to connect with your gals -especially when you can rent an igloo! The winter festival is currently ongoing at Bryant Park, and they have heated igloos available for hour and a half reservation slots. Packages are for either 1-4 guests or 5-8 guests and come with warm winter beverages and snacks.
If your friends aren’t content to just sit around and chat, you’re going to want an activity to get everyone moving. Bryant Park is also the place to go for fun group activities! They have an ice-skating rink, and new this year, iceless curling! Skating is free if you have your own skates, and there are affordable options for group curling. Be sure to check out COVID safety measures currently in place and make a reservation online in advance.
Paint & Sip Studio New York
If you want a unique way to celebrate Galentine’s Day, you should help everyone in your party tap into their creativity! Paint & Sip Studio is here to help you “uncork your creativity” with a private painting party. Your instructor will come to you to guide everyone at your event through painting a masterpiece of your choosing from their gallery. They’ll bring the paint, canvases, brushes, and aprons, too! You just pick up some beverages and snacks and get ready to have some fun.
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