Valentain Dei: Best Latin Events in NYC

BY Matt Barbot | PUBLISHED: Friday, January 28th, 2011
Valentain Dei: Best Latin Events in NYC

Whatever your feelings are regarding el Día de San Valentín—whether love is in the air, whether you’re feeling lonely, or whether your heart is just two sizes too small—there’s no way to avoid it. The best thing to do is figure out how to spend your day, and who better to ask for romantic advice than Latinos? We do have a reputation for this sort of thing, after all.

Any good Valentine’s Day date begins with dinner, and—as everyone knows—NYC is a great place to eat. There’s no shortage of delicious restaurants offering up plenty of atmosphere as a side dish. Rayuela on the Lower East Side has an unusual menu (excellent, but unusual) made up of “freestyle Latino cuisine,” borrowing from many countries and traditions for its dishes and ingredients; the unusual menu compliments the somewhat unusual decor (there is a full-on tree growing through the floor).

Screen shot 2011-01-31 at 12.08.27 PMSoHo spot Ñ is a cozy, sexy location with a great selection of Spanish wines and delicious tapas if you happen to be in the sharing mood…which you should be, because it’s Valentine’s Day. Another great tapas-and-sangria spot is Oliva, another LES location with a less intimate, more brightly lit atmosphere. Also, the sangria is strong, so altogether it’s not a bad place to go if you haven’t been dating your Valentine too long. A number of restaurants are also offering prix fixe menus for the occasion: Mexican restaurant Ofrenda and Cuban restaurant Agozar are among them, along with the patriotically named Industria Argentina and Cuba (pictured to the left).

Don’t have a gift yet? Want to seem romantic and culturally sensitive? Well hey, La Sirena is here to help. Snag some amor-and-amistad-themed, hand-made Mexican folk art, with items ranging from flaming heart mirrors to wedding calavera sculptures.

After dinner, time to get with the get down (list will be updated daily!). Or if you’re interested in showing off your cultured side, two Latino theater companies are holding performances this Valentine’s Day weekend. Neither show is overtly romantic, but hey…

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Cuban Operator Please

Thursday, February 10th at 8:00pm at Teatro IATI
Written "40% in Spanish," Adrian Rodriguez's new one-act play Cuban Operator Please tells the story of Abel, the son of Cuban exiles, as he explores...
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En el Tiempo de las Mariposas

Thursday, February 10th from 7:00pm to 11:00pm at Repertorio Español
Repertorio Espanol is performing En el tiempo de las mariposas (In the Time of the Butterflies), a play adapted by Caridad Svich and winner of the...
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Pedrito Martinez Trio at Jazz @ Lincoln Center

Tuesday, February 8th to Friday, February 11th at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
For something a little more low key, Pedrito Martinez will be performing his particular brand of Latin jazz at Jazz at Lincoln Center from Tuesday...
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Nacotheque’s Escándalo de San Valentín!

Friday, February 11th 10:00pm to 2:00am at Fontana's
On the 11th, kick off Valentine's weekend with Nacotheque's Escándalo de San Valentín! at Fontana's. Nacotheque DJs Marcelo C. Baez and Amylulita's...
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“La Invasión del Amor” ft. Victor Manuelle & Elvis Crespo

Saturday, February 12th from 8:00pm to 11:00pm at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
Victor Manuelle and merengue king Elvis Crespo, along with special guests will be bringing the house down at the Lehman Center for one night
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Ricardo Montaner + Marco Antonio Solis

Saturday, February 12th at 8:00pm at Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden hosts a tribute to Valentine's Day, El Concierto de Los Enamorados. Balladeers Ricardo Montaner and Marco Antonio Solis get...
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“Bachateame Mi Amor” ft. Andy Andy & Kiko Rodriguez

Sunday, February 13th 6:00pm to 2:00am at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
On the 13th, bachateros Andy Andy and Kiko Rodriguez will be performing at BB King's in Times Square
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Valentine’s Day Latin Boat Ride

Monday, February 14th from 7:00pm to 10:30pm at Marco Polo Cruises
For a really out-of-the-norm Valentine's Day experience, you may want to sign up for Allen Batista Travel's Valentine's Day Latin Boat Ride, a cruise...
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Rubby Perez Valentine’s Day

Monday, February 14th at 11:00pm at Arka Lounge
Merenguero Rubby Perez performs at Arka Lounge on Valentine's Day to help you woo your date or celebrate your long-time love. Ladies get in free...
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Los Rakas + Nyle vs. The Naysayers @ Sobs

Thursday, February 17th from 7:30pm to 11:00pm at SOB's
One of our favorite rap duos Los Rakas (#3 from our Best Tracks of 2010) will be performing at SOB's this Thuresday, joined by Nyle vs The Naysayers...

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