Things to do on Valentine's Day in New York

Grab your favorite guy, gal or pet and head to the best shows and parties for couples and singles on February 14

Illustration: Heiko Windisch

You know what's not sexy? Leaving your Valentine's Day plans to the last minute. Whether you're in love with love or anti–V-Day, we've put together the best parties, shows and things to do for this day of love/corporate blood-sucking scheme (delete as appropriate). Since February 14 falls on a Saturday this year, you've got the whole weekend to get intimate at one of NYC's coziest restaurants and bars and dine in style after consulting our list of Valentine's Day dinner ideas.

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The best things to do on Valentine's Day

Tinder Live with Lane Moore: Valentine's Day Spectacular with the Cast of Orange is the New Black

Critics' pick

Lane Moore brings her already hilarious ongoing series to the theater with Orange Is the New Black stars Beth Fowler (Sister Jane Ingalls), Connie Shulman (who plays zenned-out Yoga Jones), Laura Gomez (bushy-browed Blanca Flores) and Lin Tucci (Anita Demarco). We can't wait to see how Moore and the OITNB ladies roast those NYC Tinder profiles onstage.

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Knitting Factory Feb 11, 2015

Love Bites: The Power Ballads Sing-Along

Critics' pick

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 Feb 14, 2015

Missed Connections Valentine’s Day Party

Critics' pick

You don’t have to admit to cruising Craigslist’s dubious (but compelling) classifieds to attend this party inspired by the site’s cross-platform sightings. The bash will introduce you to fellow straphangers using crafts, cookie decorating and poetry workshops, in which you can cut up the posts of subway Cyranos to create your own sonnet. And just make sure you get their number this time, you nudnik.

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New York Transit Museum Feb 14, 2015

Never Sleep Alone: Valentine's Show and Book Release Party

Critics' pick

Our favorite "sexual psychologist" brings us double the romance at this Valentine's Day special edition of the wildly popular hookup night, in which comic Roslyn Hart, a.k.a Dr. Alex Schiller, attempts to create love connections by picking out random single people from the audience and forcing them to interact.

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Joe's Pub at the Public Theater Feb 14, 2015

Love in Times Square

Romance is alive in New York! Witness nine lucky couples tie the knot live at NYC's most popular tourist spot, in front of this year's Times Square Valentine Heart Design winner, "Heartbeat," an automated–beating-heart drum that reacts to sound and movement by Brooklyn-based outfit Stereotank.

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Times Square, Duffy Square Feb 14–Feb 15 Free

Bloody Valentine Weekend

Critics' pick

On Valentine’s Day weekend, you should give your babycakes your heart…literally! Swap candy and flowers for bloody hatchets and gore-stained chain saws at this special-edition haunted-house experience produced by Blood Manor. 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 Feb 14–Feb 15

Cupid's Undie Run

Critics' pick

Join the scantily clad on this one-mile Valentine’s Day dash to Brass Monkey bar, to raise funds for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Must register to participate.

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Stage 48 Feb 7, 2015

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 a performance, presented as an experiment to test and awaken the senses.

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Camaje Feb 5, 14, 28

Romance Under the Stars

Critics' pick

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. After quaffing cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, 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 Feb 14, 2015

Women of Letters

Critics' pick

The Australian literary salon returns stateside, inviting notable women writers and performers to air their dirty laundry in the form of personal letters crafted just for the occasion.

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Joe's Pub at the Public Theater Friday March 13 2015

The Wonderful World of Boning: Sex Ed with a Sense of Humor

Critics' pick

The Wonderful World Of Boning is a great name for something that is, essentially, a sex-ed class mixed with a comedy show. Sex educator Lux Alptraum invites you to watch classic educational videos on the subject as she provides commentary with the help of comedic friend Brendan McLaughlin. This may be less awkward than your junior-high class, but there'll be just as much laughter.

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Union Hall Feb 14, 2015

What I Did for Love

Love—and, more important, the anguish of love—is in the air as a team of seasoned improvisers questions an audience member about a memorable relationship and uses the details as fodder for a show.

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UCBEast Saturday March 7 2015 - Saturday December 26 2015

Sex on Fifth Avenue

Critics' pick

Kayvon Zand and Brandon McElroy oversee this weekly bacchanal featuring ever-changing DJs, art installations, guided tours and a sexy crowd of nightlife creatures. Dressy-casual or "exotic" attire is encouraged but not required.

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Museum of Sex (MoSex) Saturday March 7 2015 - Saturday March 28 2015

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Rink

Critics' pick

Bryant Park’s 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink is free and open late. While it is a veritable winter wonderland, and admission is free, you’ll have to shell out $19 to rent skates (or BYO). After your time on the ice, warm up at spacious rinkside restaurant Celsius. Hot tip: If you want to practice your lutzes and axels with ample spinning room, try visiting during off-peak hours.

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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Until Mar 1 Free

Hot Chocolate Festival

Critics' pick

Regress to childhood with skillfully concocted mugs of hot chocolate courtesy of this downtown canteen. Owner-mastermind Maury Rubin serves a different flavor of his intoxicating cocoa every day in February.                 

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City Bakery Until Feb 28

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