Ten dating ideas to put sex on the cards.
Tue Feb 1 2011
Midnight movie at Landmark's Sunshine Cinema
Tag a midnight movie onto the end of your outing; dark theaters were made for cuddling. The beautiful Sunshine features $9.99 flicks on Friday and Saturday nights; this week, practice voyeurism with Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window. 143 E Houston St between First and Second Aves (212-260-7289, landmarktheatres.com)
Swingers' party at OneLegUp
We hate to state the bleedin' obvious, but if you want a guaranteed lay, then a swingers club is your best bet. If your date is wary, appeal to his or her curiosity and agree to watch without taking part. At least you're sending a clear message about where the relationship is headed. OneLegUp (onelegupnyc.com) is one of the city's most active groups; head to a party to meet fellow swingers. For other adult parties, go to adultsocials.com, schoolofsex.net or sinsationnyc.com.
Music at Nicholas Roerich Museum
These days the first step of courtship is often adding someone on Facebook. Instead, sweep your date off their feet with a romantic, old-fashioned night on the town. Can't afford a recital at Lincoln Center followed by dinner and a show at the Oak Room Supper Club? Try a free chamber concert at this museum, which celebrates the Russian-born artist. At the nearby Smoke Jazz and Supper Club (2751 Broadway between 105th and 106th Sts; 212-864-6662, smokejazz.com), you can keep the music going with live jazz plus a two-course prix-fixe dinner ($29.95). Nicholas Roerich Museum, 319 W 107th St between Broadway and Riverside Dr (212-864-7752, roerich.org). Concerts Sun 5pm, October--May.
Oysters at Mermaid Oyster Bar
These slippery little suckers are loaded with aphrodisiac properties, but generally cost around $2 to $4 a pop. Slurp the bivalve beauties for just $1 apiece during daily happy hour at the city's third Mermaid Inn location. 79 MacDougal St between Bleecker and W Houston Sts (212-260-0100, themermaidnyc.com). 5:30--7pm.
Rubdowns at Couples' Massage Workshop
Feel your date up legitimately in a Swedish massage workshop where you'll practice on each other. licensed massage therapist Gwendolyn Guarino instructs in the other art of manual tension release during her couples' classes for up to six duos at a time (two hours, $150). Looking for something more secluded? Private tutorials are available by appointment (90 minutes, $200). 34 W 14th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (512-663-0172, couplesmassageworkshop.com). Next workshops Fri 4, Sat 5, Feb 13 and Mar 12.