Sex shops in NYC: Find the best sex toys and workshops
Explore your naughty side (holy hell, not that naughty—within reason, weirdo) and discover the best sex toys at these trusty spots.
Wed Mar 6 2013
Photograph: Heami Lee
Want to spice things up in the bedroom? Look no further than this handy guide to where to nab the best sex toys and sit in on friendly, informative workshops. And if you’re pining for more seediness, each week we round up up the five steamiest events in Gotham.
For 12 years, this chain has been one of the most accessible resources for sexually adventurous New Yorkers, selling body-safe toys and organic lubes, and hosting parties and workshops geared toward guys and gals. Collectively, its three local stores throw about 20 events per month, including the always-popular “Art of the Blowjob” (Park Slope location; Mar 24 at 7:30pm; $35). During your visit, keep your eyes peeled for less conventional items like the Solar Bullet ($34), a dildo that requires eight hours of sunshine to yield 60 minutes of eco-friendly fun.
- Various locations
With three in-house tailors churning out a full range of men’s and women’s, erm, attire—zipper-front black bodices ($195 and up), studded and spiked jockstraps ($99.95 and up)—this West Village boutique has remained a go-to for Manhattan leather lovers since 1965. Upstairs is devoted to male chastity devices, pants, jackets, boots and shorts—as well as specialty items like a full-size red leather apron ($295)—while downstairs has two entire walls dedicated to fetish accessories both flirty (fleece-lined blindfolds, $29.95 and up) and kinky (steel shackles, $79.95).
- 111 Christopher St, (between Bleecker and Hudson Sts)
- Price band: 2/4
This isn’t your average museum gift shop—but then again, MoSex isn’t your average museum. Inside the sleek, gallery-like space, peruse Keith Haring–decorated masturbation Tenga Eggs ($8), glow-in-the-dark One condoms ($2) and state-of the-art vibrators such as Fun Factory’s new Stronic Eins ($199.99), which uses magnets to simulate a thrusting penis.
- 233 Fifth Ave, (at 27th St)
The Pleasure Chest
Bachelorette-party gag gifts such as “I Owe You Sex” coupon books ($5.95) sit alongside sex toys by top brands (Rocks-Off, Lelo, We Vibe) at this friendly Village store. Stop by on Wednesdays at 8pm, when staff members lead free two-hour workshops like “Bend Over, Buddy,” which focuses on (duh) anal play. 212-242-2158, thepleasurechest.com
- 156 Seventh Ave South between Charles and Perry Sts
Whether it’s your first time handling an 18-inch-long elk-hide flogger ($115–$225) or your twentieth, you won’t feel judged by the welcoming employees here. The Chelsea fetish supplier offers a huge range of S&M and bondage accoutrements, including adjustable nipple clamps ($14–$22) and sculpted leather masks by Cecilio Castrillo Martinez ($87 and up), who has designed pieces for Lady Gaga and Madonna. The shop even boasts its own in-house latex designer, ready to whip up a pair of custom briefs for as little as 50 bones.
- 211 W 20th St, (between Seventh and Eighth Aves)
- Price band: 2/4
This homey Williamsburg spot successfully straddles the line between sex shop and local-and-DIY-promoting boutique, selling all-natural massage oils, jewelry, perfumes and lingerie by 70 NYC artists and designers. Besides stocking handmade white ceramic G-spot dildos ($68), Shunga oral-sex lipgloss ($16) and penis-decorated wooden nesting dolls (set of five, $100), Shag also holds monthly events and workshops ranging from Couple’s Massage to Intro to Rope Bondage (each $100/couple).
- 108 Roebling St, (at North 6th St)