Naughty in New York City
Simone De Beauvoir once said, “there was something in the New York air that makes sleep useless.” I couldn’t agree with her more. New York City is alive with a fervent and electric energy that’s hard to explain to anyone who hasn’t had the fortune of feeling it first-hand. I recently spent a weekend in the Big Apple and went searching for the sexiest and naughtiest experiences that the city has to offer. Without looking too far or long, I discovered several destinations where sexy and naughty seemed to converge, revealing an intoxicating and tantalizing glimpse of the city that never sleeps.
189 Chrystie St.
The Box, taking inspiration from New York’s vaudeville roots, is an unusual combination of burlesque and cabaret-carnival stylings set to dance music, along with food and cocktails. The venue opens at eleven o’clock, which is a good time to arrive since it gets crowded around midnight. The Box is perhaps best experienced by making reservations for bottle service. Prices start at $750 which will get you a bottle and a table away from the crowd. Upstairs, there’s a small bar and private booths with curtains that close if you’re in a more risqué mood. The one o’clock show is definitely designed to shock and awe. It’s an awesome spectacle of nudity and extreme naughtiness. Maybe more than you would usually see in an American show. The Box is definitely a night of unforgettable and eye-opening fun!
227 E 56th St.
Lips has been a New York staple for over twenty years, and it’s easy to see why since the energy of this place is so amazing! If you can’t secure a table for the dinner show, then I suggest coming before seven-thirty and grabbing a seat at the bar or one of the table tops. The dinner served at the bar is really quite good, especially the Chicken Marsala. Yummy! Expect to see lots of women celebrating their birthdays and bachelorette parties mixed with a healthy amount of gay and straight men in attendance with their dates. The music is great and the energy is contagious. The performers put up quite a show of costumed lip syncing and dancing with a vivacious sense of humor. Don’t forget your dollar bills to make it rain. This is a show that everyone should see at least once!
B Bar at Baccarat Hotel
28 W 53rd St.
Located near the historic Theater District, the beautiful Baccarat Hotel is not only a seductive, urban luxury destination but also a great place to eat and drink even if you’re not staying there. Especially, if you find yourself in the position of not having a reservation anywhere else after seeing a show nearby. They don’t take reservations from non-hotel guests, but it’s relatively easy to walk in and secure a table or cozy up to a spot at the bar around ten o’clock. Inspired by both French and American styles, the B Bar is a sexy and elegant location that has an excellent menu of items easily shared along with classic cocktails. The perfect venue for a quickly planned, intimate dinner with your lover or friends.
204 W 55th St..
Tanner Smith’s became my go-to brunch spot after a night out on the town, but it’s also a great place to sample an eclectic mix of hand-crafted cocktails in the evenings. It has a very sexy, Prohibition era vibe that’s reflective of the many early twentieth-century drinking houses once found all over New York. There is a 40s style jazz band that plays on the weekends during their Tipsy Tea Brunch and it’s a lot of fun. Sitting in the bar area while you eat is the best place to hear and see the band, but really, with all of the excitement, energy, and great food and drink happening, there’s not a bad seat in the house!
Bergdorf Goodman and BG Restaurant
754 5th Ave.
Located in Midtown Manhattan on Fifth Avenue, the Berdgorf Goodman stands as an iconic landmark for both New York and the greater world of fashion. Since 1901, this luxury department store has been setting impeccable standards of service and providing the highest quality selections from only the best of fashion’s leading and emerging designers. Tired from shopping or need a quick boost? Then make your way to the BG Restaurant located on the seventh floor for a quick coffee, lunch or high tea. The Art Deco decor and grand views of Central Park create an atmosphere of chic and sexy sophistication. Their butternut squash is a delicious way to warm in during the cold winter months!
18 E 69th St.
What trip to New York would be complete without shopping for clothes and accessories in a chic and luxurious townhouse setting? If you’re in the market for something sexy, bold and different then Five Story is a destination that you’ll definitely want to add to your list. The store itself is very sexy and sophisticated. The black and white marble floors and flourishes of wrought iron create a dynamic and posh sales space that’s both elegant and inviting. With its carefully curated selection of stylish new designers and unexpected selections of unique apparel, accessories and home decor, there’s truly something for everyone at Five Story.
414 W 42nd St.
Chez Josephine radiates with a laid-back, Parisian sexiness the moment you walk in the door. Exposed brick and vibrant red and blue walls are hung with nudes of the legendary Josephine Baker and other art, deftly creating an intimate ambience at this delicious French restaurant on Forty-Second Street. I happened to go on a Friday night and found the crowd to be very relaxed and casual. A piano player tickled the ivories, conjuring a soft, mellow sound that meshed quite nicely with the established atmosphere of vintage chandeliers red velvet. Ideally located on Theater Row, Chez Josephine is the perfect setting for an informal yet romantic dinner date.