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The best sex shops in NYC

Spice up your sex life with the help of the city’s top erotica purveyors and sex shops in NYC

The Pleasure Chest
The Pleasure Chest
By Tolly Wright, Emy Rodriguez and Time Out contributors |
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Ready to add some oomph to your love life? Get all the erotic gear you need from these sex shops in NYC. If you’ve been inspired by the sex scenes in your favorite movies or erotic books (ahem, Fifty Shades of Grey), you’ll find everything from the innocent-ish Jackrabbit vibrator to a hooded spandex full-body binder sack. Ranging in prices, décor and general ambiance, these sexy spots will suit fetishes both tame and wildly delicious. The happily coupled can pick up a toy or two to try between the sheets while sexy singles can find something to help them seduce their next partner. Next stop: the city’s best hookup bars.

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Best sex shops in NYC

Babeland
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Babeland

At this friendly sex-toy boutique—run by women and skewed toward women—browsers are encouraged to handle all manner of buzzing, wriggling and bendable playthings, including the famed Rabbit Pearl vibrator. The shop also stocks a huge variety of condoms and hosts frank sex-ed classes on a variety of subjects.

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Eve's Garden
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Eve’s Garden

icon-location-pin Midtown West

Billed as the first sex shop for women, by women, Eve's Garden strives to steer female sexuality away from penis-shaped straws and subpar vibrators. The store's founder, women's-rights activist Dell Williams, designed it to be high-class, welcoming and anything but scary. The shop holds workshops and events on- and off-site, with topics ranging from couples' communication to masturbation.

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The Pleasure Chest

icon-location-pin Lenox Hill

This store covers all the basics for both masturbators and couples. The Pleasure Chest's inventory is mostly high-quality (even some "luxury" sex toys for those with padded wallets), though you can also stop in for cheap novelty gifts, like boyfriend training cards and candy bras. Plus, the store has a busy calendar of classes and workshops designed to offer new techniques and product ideas for love lives that have turned mundane.

Rainbow Station
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Rainbow Station

Chelsea has no shortage of adult stores catering to the LGBT crowd and, as the store’s name suggests, Rainbow Station serves its core demographic with pride. Its clothing racks are packed with male underwear in addition to more traditional-female centric lingerie, and there’s an added emphasis on toys for delivering him pleasure. Before you leave, make sure to check out the selection of lubes and condoms. 203 8th Ave (212-206-7259, rainbowstation.nyc)

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Shag Brooklyn

icon-location-pin Williamsburg

Samantha Bard and Ashley Montgomery-Pulido’s shop boasts a top-rate selection of toys, including wood and marble dildos, plus hats, jewelry, home goods, fine art and even vagina doorknobs, cast from real vajayjays.

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Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Empire Exotics
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Empire Exotics

icon-location-pin Midtown West

Though it’s packing in lingerie, this sexpot’s bestseller is the shoes. Here, you can find six-inch stilettos in about every corner of the store. The clientele for this little Koreatown sex shop is mainly dancers from nearby Rick’s Cabaret, so it has plenty to offer in stretch material with crystals. Try some on.

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Romantic Depot

icon-location-pin The Bronx

This store is three times bigger then other shops, including the Pleasure Chest, and it’s the largest sex toy store in NYC—and the only one in the Bronx. Its No. 1 seller is the Jackrabbit, but you’ll find 10 different variations of it within the shop’s massive inventory of items of the flesh.

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NYC Red Room

icon-location-pin Brighton Beach

The red room is by far the best part of this sex shop (duh). In it, you can find whips, chains, harnesses and anything else you’ll need to show your partner who’s on top. This shop also boasts an array of different dildos, making it worth the trip to Coney Island.

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Purple Passion

icon-location-pin Chelsea

Purple Passion has vibes, floggers and so much more in its 4,000-square-foot Chelsea store. Catering to couples, single women, pro dommes and men, it carries a huge selection of leather and BDSM gear, including halters, gags, corsets and strap-ons. Hot sellers include the Jack Rabbit buzzer, leather suspension cuffs and bondage rope. You can also peruse clothes, boots (up to size 15!), shoes, wigs and books—or sign up for any number of workshops. Most customers spend at least $10 on a single trip; the more adventurous will drop a few hundred.

Lingerie
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A&J Lingerie and More

What this midtown shop is missing in terms of modern trends, like wood tables and paintings on the wall, it more than makes up for with its customer service. For those looking to bring playful costumes and intricate lingerie into the bedroom, A&J is a treasure trove of fairly priced options, and the three generations running the family owned store—including a sex-positive grandma—are willing to help you sift through the options. Near the back there are vibrators and toys, and there’s a fair amount of goofy items to add fun to bachelorette parties, like X-rated spins on classic party games. 41 W 28th St (212-689-2415, ajlingerie.com)

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