The traditional Valentine’s Day of flowers, chocolates and a fancy dinner while staring into each other’s eyes isn’t everyone’s idea of romance. Think outside the heart-shaped box and try these ideas for a date that’s sure to be more memorable (and Instagram-worthy) than a plate of oysters.
For all thesingle ladies:You learned importantlessons about love at a tender age from Leo and Claire in “Romeo + Juliet.” The problematic love theme carries throughNitehawk Cinema's other Valentine’s Week titles, which include “Sid and Nancy,” “Pretty Woman” and “Manhattan.” Make sure to save your napkins from the concession stand to useas tissues.Feb. 6-15,136 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg
For the playful:Get flirty at theMuseum of Sexwith aphrodisiac treatments and pop-up bars within the gallery, then have your fun (but not too much fun, ahem) in “Funland” exploring the “erotic subtext” of the carnival, from a highly literal Tunnel of Love to Grope Mountain and Jump for Joy, the bounce house made of breasts.Feb. 13 & 14, 10 a.m.-midnight, $20
For the totally unconventional:Valentine’s Day and Halloween have one thing in common: They only come around once a year. Except atBlood Manor, which combines the two into heart-shaped entrails and forlorn love motifs. Even if you don’t have a special someone, bring a friend — no holding hands with the zombies.Feb. 13 & 14, 7:30 p.m.-midnight, $30 pp, 163 Varick St.
For thealmost lovers:Craigslist has becomethe real-life version of “Brief Encounter,” the ultimate tear-jerker setin a train station. Tohonor public transportation’s role in our city’sromantic life, theNew York Transit Museumis throwing a MissedConnections Party. Hosted by OKCupid founder Christian Rudder, the fifth annual bash featurespoetry created from anonymous classifieds, NuNu chocolates, and Brooklyn wines and beers.Feb. 12, 6 p.m.,$15 pp (includes one drink), Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn
For the aesthetes:Queen of the Night’s flirtatious interactive theater is risque — without the risk of going home with someone else. At tables set around the stage, enjoy wine and dinner as a performance blending circus acrobatics, striptease and more unfolds. Cocktails and canapes are also included, but spring for special packages to get reserved seats (audience participation!), roses, chocolate-covered strawberries, oysters and a VIP bar.$390-$1,200 per couple Feb. 14, 7 p.m. Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel, 235 W. 46th St.