"We need a little Christmas
Right this very minute
Candles in the window
Carols at the spinet"
- Jerry Herman, from Mame
She's Ms. Right for you, or at least Ms. Right-Now, and the gift-giving season has snuck up upon you a little too quickly. What to get her? Where to take her? How to pamper and delight her for Chanukah, Christmas and the Winter Solstice?
Get her a sex toy you'll both enjoy long after this season passes -- head over to the elegant and discreet Eve's Garden. No one would suspect that the key to women's sexual pleasure lies in a boutique situated on the 4th Floor of a midtown office building. With the book Liberating Masturbation by Betty Dodson and a couple of vibrators, Dell Williams founded Eve's Garden in 1974 as a mail-order business. Her intent was to liberate women from the shame of their own bodies and sexuality by giving them the tools with which to celebrate themselves sexually. Since then, Eve's Garden has blossomed into a walk-in store and erotic art gallery. In this all-female atmosphere you'll find vibrators, dildoes, books, videos, oils, restraints, harnesses, jewelry, paintings and latex in multiple forms. Men are only allowed in when accompanied by a woman, ensuring privacy and eliminating embarrassment by maintaining the store's supremely Sapphic vibe. Taste the "Honey Dust" edible body powder. Yummmmmm!
Wine and dine her into luxurious submission... Named after Rita Mae Brown's first novel Rubyfruit Jungle (an autographed copy sits under the stairs on display), Rubyfruit is a slightly swanky and always romantic restaurant and bar in the heart of the West Village. Its three levels include the small mezzanine as you enter, the restaurant downstairs and the narrow red and gold bar upstairs. Brick walls, hardwood floors and a long-stemmed candle burning brightly on every table help make this snug eatery even cozier. Armed cherubs float above red lights on branches and candelabra chandeliers. Meanwhile, the small tables, shaped as hearts, crescent moons and triangles, sit in front of comfortable couches and chairs where handsome women sit and chat. There are friendly faces all around, including the extremely friendly and efficient wait staff, which serves up some of the freshest and most flavorful dishes in the city. '90s party tunes filter through the space from the DJ upstairs, just loud enough to accent the warm and buoyant atmosphere. Don't miss the "Famous Female" wall as you leave - covered with photographs and autographed headshots of past and present patrons, women who've enjoyed Rubyfruit as much as you will!
Need a break from the holidays? Take her to lounge, lounge, lounge at Kitty Glitter @ Liquids on Sunday nights. Brought to you by the same women who hosted Cafe Tabac and started the whole Lesbian Chic trend, Kitty Glitter is far better than Cafe Tabac ever dreamed it could be. 20 times more relaxed, although still fashion-conscious, Kitty Glitter is the epitome of laid-back-but-sophisticated comfort. Purple velvet curtains are swathed over every archway; huge plush couches line the periphery of the space, facing a real red brick fireplace. There are low tables for propping feet and drinks, as well as a separate sit-down table and chair area past the DJ. The music is soulful and sexy, as are the racially varied and well-groomed women. They're not all Lipstick, but certainly Fashion Dykes maintaining that air of downtown hipness that seems so alluring from uptown. Come sit, sip and celebrate the wonderous surroundings!
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