Want to spice up your sex life? Look no further than a sex shop 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. Next stop: the city’s best hookup bars.
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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.
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.
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.
The first NYC outpost of this British boutique, founded by Justine and Samantha Roddick, puts the ass in class. Think: racy lingerie by Stella McCartney, sustainable-wood paddles, comics (Anal Intruders from Uranus!) and dog masks. Dressing rooms share a confessional-style partition, and one is equipped with a digital camera (use your imagination).
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)
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.
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.
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.
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