City Love: 5 Places for NYC Romance This February

From torchy singers to tragic love stories, there’s nothing like New York City’s lively arts scene to create a romantic atmosphere for you and your Valentine—any day of the month

Do you need a little romance added to your trip to New York? Where's Troy Segal hand picks five experiences that will put love in the air.

Choreographed couples

Everything is beautiful at the ballet—especially when it’s the New York City Ballet (David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, Columbus Ave. , at W. 63rd St., 212.496.0600) dancing the works of Jerome Robbins, a choreographer who was endlessly fascinated by partnering and pas de deux. His 1969 ballet “Dances at a Gathering” (Feb. 1, 6 & 9) features duos (and a few trios) in various moods and stages of relationships, moving to music by Chopin, the ultimate Romantic Era composer. 

Sweet and low-down

A dark, sapphire-hued setting … a glass of wine … and the sultry sound of live jazz. That sums up the scene at Blue Note New York (131 W. 3rd St., btw MacDougal St. & Sixth Ave., 212.475.8592), a quintessential Greenwich Village music club. This month is made for lovers, with acts that include singer/pianist Rachelle Ferrell (Feb. 13-16)—she of the six-octive range.

A good cry

Ever since 1904, audiences have been blinking back bittersweet tears at Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, hoping against hope that love can conquer the cultural differences between the little Japanese geisha and the strapping American naval officer. It’s at The Metropolitan Opera (Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, Columbus Ave., btw W. 63rd & W. 64th sts., 212.362. 6000, Feb. 1 & 7) in an avant-garde production. 

Come to the cabaret

If 54 Below (254 W 54th St., btw Broadway & Eighth Ave., 646.476.3551) looks like something out of a play, it’s no surprise—the supper club was designed by set designer John Lee Beatty. The intimate venue hosts cabaret acts by Broadway performers; this Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, the apt act is Cheek to Cheek: A Broadway Romance, starring Michael McCorry Rose and Tiffany Haas, who currently play the romantic leads in the musical Wicked. 

Lullaby of Broadway

You sighed over the novel and the movie. Now, The Bridges of Madison County (Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St., btw Broadway & Eighth Ave., 212.239.6200) is a Broadway musical, formally opening on Feb. 20; its story of a farm wife and a photographer spending a few magical days together is augmented with a lush score by Jason Robert Brown.