Manhattan – East Village
16 First Ave between 1st and 2nd Sts
Manhattan, NY 10009
Its not easy to fool around when two gold Buddhas are staring at you, but the owner of Sutra wants to put you in the mood. Ariel Palitz has revamped the Flat as a sultry playground where youre seduced with incense and warm amber lighting. A downstairs cave is preserved as an old Turkish gentlemens club, and an upstairs bar and billiards room is lined with red velvet banquettes and bordello-style lamps. You can nibble on chocolate-covered strawberries and sip concoctions like the Sutra Martini, with vodka, vermouth and crème de cassis. Pace yourself, though: Lines for the bathroom might be long, as Palitz has papered the walls with pictures of Kama Sutra positions.
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