There's no one definition of "sexy" -- what fits the bill for you might be totally un-sexy to someone who gets their definitions from UrbanDictionary.com. We partnered up with GUESS Night -- a new fragrance whose own definition includes "hot peppers" -- to track down five very different New York spots that, one way or the other, provide an atmosphere that serves as a prelude to getting your freak on.
If the art deco sensibilities aren't doing it for you, then you can always go to their "tobacco shoppe" and buy yourself... condoms and top hats?
An underground, velveteen wonderland beneath 16th, Cherry pairs lush, intimate decor with French/Japanese fusion, which uses lots of butter very efficiently.
Hill & Dale
The perfect date night mullet: dining tables in the front, and a sweet little private lounge in the back. Technically it's for parties, but then again, you are the party.
With an all-martini menu (with the exception of one drink), quilted marble floor pattern, and general '60s cache, even George Lazenby would feel like Bond in this place.
Okay, this is an odd choice, but what other place in town gives you the chance to play Tramp to some Lady with a giant pretzel?
The Houston Hall guys strike again with FH, an upscale beer hall in Flatiron that's decked out in American/German/beer-y paraphernalia and's serving specialty beers from Greenpoint Beer Works, as well as awesome 'tails and innovative bar eats -- like pastrami egg rolls and chicken tikka masala wontons.
Wise Men is a funky Bowery martini-and-meat joint named after the first Western-style steakhouse in Chinatown, serving up variations of the martini and elevated bites.
With a name that alludes to the process by which early vinyl records were made, this Lower East Side bar is an adage to the glory days of musical recording and pure Americana: vintage radios and phonographs stand resolute behind bottles of bespoke liquor, overlooking a geometric-tiled floor and Downtown Abbey-meets-SoHo speakeasy environs. If you’re not in the mood for delightful bites like the deviled eggs topped with pork belly or traditional heavy hitters like the buttermilk fried chicken, the daily oyster happy hour is spot-on satisfying (especially when paired with The Floozy, a whimsical cocktail of vodka, muddled strawberries and lime, garnished with an actual daisy).
Cherry's a sexed-up sushi spot done up like a red velveted bordello and serving French/Japanese-fusion eats like foie gras short rib gyoza and ramen soup dumplings, while pouring some of the rarest and hardest-to-find sakes in the entire US.
Bobby's is a club-meets-ballroom rocks skyscraper-esque designs on floor-to-ceiling mirrors, sun-burst lighting fixtures, a photo booth from the future that emails you your pics as well as printing them out, and a "tobacco shoppe" with everything from loosies, to condoms, to top hats.