It’s been said that you’re always looking for one of three things in New York City: a job, an apartment or a relationship.
With the myriad of options and opportunities that the city offers for all three, it’s easy to put one of them on the back burner.
So what do you do when you start to see the spice in your relationship lacking from its former flavorful kick?
Luckily, true to its eccentric nature, NYC has just the things you need to shift you and your partner’s love life back into the fast lane.
1. The Cutting Room (44 East 32nd Street)
When the clock strikes twelve, the night is just getting started over at The Cutting Room’s sexy high-flying new show The Midnight Experience, a wild and scandalous spectacle featuring a few of NYC’s hottest aerialists, circus and burlesque performers.
Sit back in a cozy candlelit booth with a cocktail and some light bites as you experience sultry stripteases, mind-bending magic acts and harrowing silks acts that are sure to get your blood pumping and your imagination going way beyond where you thought it would.
2. Roni-Sue’s Chocolates (148 Forsyth Street)
Everyone knows chocolate is a classic aphrodisiac, but you’ve never experienced it quite like this. Enter Roni-Sue’s, a quaint yet impressive mecca of all things sweet and indulgent.
And we’re not talking Hershey Kisses here. This is chocolate that would normally be, well, way out of your league.
Chocolatiers Rhonda and Sharon traveled the world finding the top ingredients to make real chocolate, and they’re here to teach you what they've learned. Equipped with sparkling wine, you’ll embark on a journey of taste, smell and creativity, making your own unique truffles to take home and enjoy later on.
Oh, how sweet it is.
3. Jazz at Lincoln Center (3 Columbus Circle)
Looking for a classier way to impress your partner? Trance them with the seductive sounds of Lincoln Center’s legendary jazz band as you both overlook the beauty of nighttime in Columbus Circle and Central Park that lies just beyond it through their massive glass window backdrop.
Jazz luminaries of all kinds and calibers have performed here, as their performance line-up constantly serves up different artists, many times hosting multiple names each evening. Come dressed to impress, grab a glass of bubbly and get ready for a night of classic NYC splendor.
4. Tantra Lounge (35-50 31st Street - Queens)
Step into the sensual and colorful world of Tantra, a Middle-Eastern themed cocktail and hookah lounge nestled in the heart of Astoria. Plush bohemian-style sofas, votive candles surrounded by rose petals and antique mirrors on brick walls set the scene for nothing short of a sexy night out.
The alluring music and intimate lighting encourages couples to cuddle up as they sip exotic drinks or puff on some seriously smooth hookah. As the night goes on, the music intensifies with hot Latin beats to get you shaking that moneymaker and press up against that special someone.
5. The McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street)
Descend down into the underworld of Shakespeare’s Macbeth in Sleep No More, an immersive live-action show that is anything but a night at the theater. Donning white masks to conceal your identity, you walk the winding halls of The McKittrick as actors retell this dark and classic tale all around you.
The experience is totally up to how you and your partner navigate the massive environment, from the glamorous banquet hall of House Macbeth to the dark and wild den of the three witches. And don’t be shocked if a scantily clad actor pulls you in for your own spotlight scene.
6. The Museum of Sex (233 5th Avenue)
There are very few ways to get your libido fired up quicker than taking a walk through this special museum, which is equally scandalous as it is educational. It hosts three floors of regularly rotating exhibits, as well their Aphrodisiac Bar, which crafts cocktails using stimulating ingredients.
Head over to their Boob Bounce House, part of their FUNLAND: Pleasures & Perils of the Erotic Fairground, and unleash your inner hyperactive 5-year-old in this very adult-themed playground. This museum is nothing short of seductive mind trip for all of your senses.
7. Cynergy Spa (87 Fort Greene Place - Brooklyn)
Privacy is sometimes hard to find in the city, but not out in Fort Greene at Cynergy, where they have arguably the most romantic couples massage package in the city. For around $300, you and your love can get pampered beyond your wildest dreams, not to mention get some quality quiet time alone.
Enter your private candlelit room with a bubbling Jacuzzi, champagne and chocolate fondue for two, plus aromatic rose petals that adorn the space. After some primary decompression, you are then treated to an hour-long side-by-side couples massage. How’s that for some grown-up bonding?
8. Essex Restaurant (120 Essex Street)
Another commonly known aphrodisiac is none other than the highly sought-after oyster, one of the sexy specialties to be found at the twin-lofted Essex Restaurant down on the Lower East Side. Although the food here would impress almost any date, the oysters are where it’s at.
Make sure you come hungry for their Oyster Happy Hour, where you and yours can score $1 oysters and half priced cocktails on all days except Saturdays from 5 to 8 p.m. under the sunny gaze of their numerous and airy windows and skylights. Cheers![Feature Image Courtesy Instagram]