Kiki de Montparnasse
79 Greene St., nr. Spring St.; 212-965-8150
In addition to dozens of vibrators (a.k.a. “instruments of pleasure”), this 2,000-square-foot flagship has fine art, prints, and vintage pieces on display.
A wonderland where adults can switch on vibrators and flip through erotic books in search of just the right toy. The staff is extremely open to all types of questions. Go ahead—try 'em.
The Pleasure Chest
156 Seventh Ave. S., nr. Charles St.; 212-242-2158
This West Village stalwart has been peddling sex toys, books, and movies since 1972. Known for its arty window displays, the Pleasure Chest has none of the seediness of neighboring adult boutiques.
110 N. 6th St., nr. Berry St.; 718-302-1760
The vibe is more neighborhood boutique than tawdry sex shop at this casual, female-oriented den of erotic supplies. The front half is devoted to lingerie, while the back is stocked with massage oils, lotions, sex toys, vibrators, and cheeky costumes.
211 W. 20th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-807-0486
Toeing the line between fetish and fashion, Purple Passion stocks horse-fetish wear and copies of Equus Eroticus alongside pricey gloves and leather corsets and dresses.