The intimate setup and potent cocktails are sure to lead to overlapping conversations.
• Employees Only
Scenesters love this thirties throwback, and if you’re tip-minded, their tarot-card reader on staff might see love in the cards.
• Zum Schneider
The East Village Bavarian–beer shrine is a raucous pit stop to compliment the other well-mannered alternatives during the evening.
WHERE TO EAT
• Gemma & Boqueria
The no-reservations policies at these two hot spots are in your favor, since couples will opt for ironclad plans.
• Hecho en Dumbo
The communal seating lends itself to flirting over tiny tacos and crab-sprinkled picaditas.
WHAT TO DO
• ‘Step Up 2 the Streets’
As the jaw-slackeningly awesome trailer and that brazen “2” suggest, this will be the perfect mindless V-Day pop candy.
• The Gutter
At this vintage-minded bowling-alley bar in Williamsburg, the crew can take on all challengers (and plow them with microbrews).
• Valentine’s Day Heartbreak Haven
Jon Friedman’s hilarious Rejection Show switches its angle from failed pitches to failed romance. The motto? “Find someone to French!”
• For Friends
Socks, bags, sunglasses, and more.
A SINGLE THREESOME
Ami Angelowicz, 29, works in the office of a theater company.
Kate Torgovnick, 27, journalist/author.
Kimberlee Auerbach, 35, writer/performer.
Relationship status: Friends through Kate.Ami lives in Astoria, Kate on the Upper East Side, and Kimberlee on the Upper West Side.
V-Day criteria: “Something different that would still involve meeting cute, single guys.”