Romance doesn’t need to wreck your diet, compromise your sobriety, or steal your sleep. If you’re deep into wellness, your date night of dinner and drinks may be better as a date day of active play. Otherwise, how will you get to bed early enough to pop awake the next morning for your usual run and meditation session? We’ve got a complete afternoon of feel-good fun.
Stop 1: AcroYoga 101
Held monthly on weekends, this two-hour class at Om Factory will introduce you and your partner to a trending activity that is just what it sounds like. Part circus act, part yoga, AcroYoga is performed in pairs (or, hey, even multiples, if you’re on a polyamorous date). One partner is the “base,” the other is the “flyer,” and with an instructor’s help, you carefully move through precarious-looking poses. No, it’s not particularly dangerous; a spotter stays close by to catch you if you fall. And you don’t need any experience to try it, because the basic poses are simpler than they look. AcroYoga is practically made for Instagram (hashtag: #CoupleGoals) and a ton of fun. As for romance, the entire point of the practice is to learn how to trust each other.
Stop 2: Late-afternoon brunch at abcV
Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s newest eatery features his usual flavorful, clean dishes made with locally sourced, organic ingredients. The twist this time is that the menu is vegetarian. Try the gluten-free pancakes or the “brunch bowl” with sweet potato, avocado, and various seeds. Wash it down with a tonic like Joy, blended from rose petals, black currant, and tangerine—or, what the heck, have a glass of biodynamic wine; it’s your day off. This casual spot is attached to the ultimate New York City homewares emporium, ABC Carpet & Home, so if you like the forks or chairs, you can go into the store afterward and pick up a set.
Stop 3: Energy work and massage at City Wellness Collective
Established in 2016, this holistic mind-body center hosts a variety of practitioners under one roof. There are experts in shamanic healing, sound baths, massage, holistic facials, Reiki, acupuncture, and even traditional talk therapy. We recommend trying the meditative breath work together; it can be profoundly connecting. The quiet, plant-filled space is zenlike but not a spa, so you won’t get the fluffy-robe-and-Enya treatment. However, you will leave relaxed, possibly enlightened, and ready for tomorrow’s crack-of-dawn wake-up call.