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The best things to do on Valentine's Day in NYC

Here are the best ways to show some love (or laugh through the pain) this V-Day with these great Valentine's day events

Photograph: courtesy House of Yes
House of Yes

You know what's not sexy? Leaving your Valentine's Day plans to the last minute (but even if you did, here are some awesome last-minute Valentine's Day gifts). Whether you're in love with love or anti–V-Day, we've put together the best parties, romantic restaurants, shows and things to do on Valentine's Day in NYC to get to in the mood—or not.

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Things to do on Valentine's Day in NYC

Friends of Single People

Here's the chance to to represent your single friend live on stage in order to snag him/her a date. Put your friend up for auction and tell everyone why exactly they're so great. Answer Jo Firestone's (Punderdome 3000) questions as you believe your friend would, then wait for someone from the crowd to match up with your pal. Booze will do the rest.

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10 Feb 2016

Love Bites: Best Duets Ever

Sing along to beloved superhits like "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," "I Got You Babe" and "Suddenly." Play the Cher to your own Sonny, accompanied by stars including Lena Hall and backed by the Love Bites band, with hosts Cathy Cervenka and Amber Martin.

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10 Feb 2016

First Comes Love

Comedian Kyle Ayers posed as an adult film producer on Craigslist in order to get people to write short screenplays. The overwhelming response led to Ayers acting the scenes out on stage verbatim with the help of fellow comedians and volunteer audience members. It will be a special blend of sexy and terrifying.

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Thursday February 11 2016

SPiN Heartbreak Hotel party

SPiN is hosting a cheeky play on Valentine's Day clichés by giving couples, singles and exes a chance to show off their competitive side and get physical if you, er, know what we mean. At the “Heartbreak Hotel,” there will be a range of interactive games and ping pong (duh), plus the haunt collaborated with The League app (a waitlist dating service) to create a VIP Lounge, where invites will be extended selectively. (Oh, how romantic.) Bonus: PRIV—the on-demand beauty service—has makeup artists standing by in the ladies’ room, offering complimentary touch-ups. And no one is going home “alone” because Babeland—the sex top shop—is handing out silver bullet vibrators and pleasure-filled goodie bags for every guest.

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SPiN New York , Flatiron Friday February 12 2016

Cupid's Undie Run

Join this scantily clad, one-mile Valentine’s Day dash to Brass Monkey bar to raise funds for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Must register (and wear some form of undies) to participate.

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Stage 48 , Hell's Kitchen Saturday February 13 2016

Love Bites: The Power Ballads Sing-Along

If that long-haired artist in the Bon Jovi “Always” video taught us anything, it’s that love is fickle, and occasionally prone to arson. Valentine’s Day is a time for violence and misery and sing-alongs and wailing guitars, so sing the hits of Journey, Bryan Adams, Def Leppard, and other paragons of ’80s and ’90s power rock.

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Union Hall , Park Slope Saturday February 13 2016

Tinder LIVE! with Lane Moore

The writer, whose work has been featured in The Onion and McSweeney’s, comes to the stage to show off her Tinder profile, swipe left, message those guys that pique her interest and even call them live. Then she’s joined by Mara Wilson, Selena Coppock, Akilah Hughes and Amy O'Leary to evaluate strangers’ profiles.

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Union Hall , Park Slope Saturday February 13 2016

Your Love, Our Musical!

Rebecca and Evan interview a real couple in the audience for details on how the couple met and fell for each other, because they’re nosey. Minutes later they use those details to create a completely improvised musical, with a full band, about the couple’s love story.

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Littlefield , Gowanus Saturday February 13 2016

Bloody Valentine Weekend

Give your babycakes goosebumps the Valentine’s Day weekend. Swap candy and flowers for bloody hatchets and gore-stained chainsaws at this special-edition jaunt through the Blood Manor haunted-house. And even the macabre organizers are mindful of tradition—most ticket packages include a single black rose to commemorate your tragic and doomed love.

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Blood Manor , Downtown Until Sunday February 14 2016

Brooklyn Chocolate Takedown

Love or hate romance and Valentine's Day, we can all agree on this: we love chocolate. Chow down on the sweet treats from 20 different chefs until you're all cocoaed out. Four real-life couples have met and married through this event—so beware.

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The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club , Gowanus Sunday February 14 2016

Dinners in the Dark

Guests don blindfolds as they eat a four-course meal at chef Abigail Hitchcock’s Camaje. This unusual, choreographed experience is punctuated by performance artists as your “servers,” presented as an experiment to test and awaken the senses.

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Camaje , Greenwich Village Saturday February 13 2016 - Sunday February 14 2016

Endless Night: New York Vampire Ball

This lavish annual affair brings out the creatures of the night for their annual "anti-Valentine's" soiree in the erstwhile Bank. An array of DJs provide the ebon aurals; while fanged performers dazzle onstage, absinthe and vodka will pour liberally. As you might expect, the evening boasts something of a dress code—we'd recommend rushing your velvet cape to the dry cleaner now.

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Slake , Midtown West Sunday February 14 2016 - Monday February 15 2016

Might Get Weird & Medium Rare Present: The Lovers Ball

Party animal brands Might Get Weird and Medium Rare are hosting a romantic high school-themed dance at House of Yes with Kings and Queens, awkward prom photos, a fire pit (a.k.a. bonfire) and a libertine den where you and your date can play seven minutes in heaven. Oh, and if you’re wondering what to wear, the vibe of the rager is “Prince and Grace Jones meets John Waters’ Crybaby at Plato’s Retreat if it were decorated by your high school yearbook committee.” Get the picture?

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House of Yes , Bushwick Saturday February 13 2016 - Sunday February 14 2016

The Rejection Show: Valentine's Day Heartbreak Haven

After he had just been dumped and passed over for a job at Comedy Central, Jon Friedman decided to make a show out of his misery. Focusing on heartbreaks and sad single life, Friedman exposes the sorrows that come with break ups on stage in comedic pride. With a team of other comedians Friedman finds the funny in failure and produces the pleasure in pain by sharing rejected moments and stories from his life.

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Littlefield , Gowanus Sunday February 14 2016

Romance Under the Stars

Eschew the dinner date on Valentine's Day and snap up tickets to this swanky soiree at the American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center for Earth and Space. The night begins among the asteroids (have a "heavenly bodies" quip ready) with an open bar of cocktails and champagne, passed hors d’oeuvres and chocolate, while a jazz quartet sets the mood with standards. An hour later, cozy up in the Hayden Planetarium while an astronomer tells lovey-dovey stories based on the mythology of the cosmos.

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Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space , Upper West Side Sunday February 14 2016
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