10 Shades of Sexy in NYC

10 Shades of Sexy in NYC

The countdown to Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) is on. So, we asked actors Amber Petty and Tim Murray, who star as Anastasia Steele and José Rodriguez in 50 Shades! The Musical Parody, the Off-Broadway parody of the erotic novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, to give their recommendations—in character—for a sexy time in NYC. They should know!


Anastasia is seduced by Christian Grey, who has a dark sexual side. Not surprisingly, some of Amber/Ana's recommendations have a dark side, too.

• "Les Misérables on Broadway. What's more romantic than a musical about a bunch of French people with miserable lives?" Amber/Ana says. "Well, maybe that doesn't sound so sweet, but the latest production of Les Misérables is full of passion and gorgeous voices. It doesn't hurt that Jean Valjean (Ramin Karimloo) is shirtless for much of the beginning of the show. He’s a lot like Christian, except that he gets whipped, instead of the other way around, and he doesn't have a red room.”

• "A movie in New York may not seem like the most glamorous date, but the AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 multiplex is a gem in a wonderful area [the Upper West Side]. Stop by the Lincoln Center fountain on your way to see a film in the only real IMAX theater in New York. And it's not just that bigger is better, but the theater itself is reminiscent of the architecturally beautiful movie houses of the 1920s and '30s. You can even see the movie of Fifty Shades of Grey, though Christian in IMAX may be too much to handle."

• "Take a break from Manhattan and head to Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Prospect Park is just as beautiful as Central Park. Enter the park at 15th St. and Prospect Park West and visit the bandshell for a concert or just enjoy the scenery. Such an adventure will certainly whip up an appetite, and Christian never likes me going hungry for long. Enzo's Brick Oven Restaurant is a wonderful Italian restaurant just off the park. Enjoy the tortellini a la Enzo's! They serve family style, so there's ample opportunity to cover each other in the creamy sauce."

• "After dinner, stay in Brooklyn and visit Union Hall, a delightfully large bar with couches, fireplaces and bocce ball. It's a great place to relax and have an after-dinner drink in your date's lap. How could I disapprove of a place where you can throw balls around?"

• This sounds morbid, but Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery is a New York treasure that often does not get its due. Green-Wood features the natural topography of Brooklyn, many intricate statues, a lake, the sister of the Statue of Liberty and Boss Tweed's grave. It's romantic because it features so much New York history and is honestly one of the most beautiful places in the city. On Wednesday, there are trolley tours. The tour guide may even sing "Somewhere" from West Side Story at Leonard Bernstein's grave. What's more romantic than that (if you pretend you aren't at a grave)?"


Murray plays José, Ana’s best friend and a romantic rival to Grey. Here's where José goes to get his sexy on, with (and without) Ana.

• “The first stop on any sexy New York adventure has to be The Museum of Sex! IT'S IN THE NAME! I've tried to take Ana on many dates here, but she keeps blowing me off for Christian Grey 'dinner dates.' So, I go alone—and have a great time! It's a really interesting place, and the exhibits are always fascinating and scintillating.”

• "If you're looking for a nighttime adventure, head over to The Slipper Room on a Thursday night and catch The Wiggle Room show. It's a small, intimate place, where you can find one of the sexiest burlesque shows in NYC. Women do very creative and wild dance numbers, and it's hosted by the hilarious Bradford Scobie in character as foulmouthed Sir Richard Castle. Doors open at 8:30 pm, and the show starts at 10."

• "If your lady is into some sweet, sweet music, find out when Echoes of Etta has a show and get tickets right away. I took a date to this show one time, and it was kissy face central for Josée. (That was before I met Ana, so please don't tell her. She's my one true love.) Echoes of Etta is a revue of Etta James music sung by William Blake and the Peaches. They sound incredible. Etta James' music was written in a time when sex wasn't a topic that could be openly discussed, so many of the songs have a hidden, sexual meaning. 'In the Basement' is a crowd favorite."

• "The 7 subway train. At Queensborough Plaza, you can stand outside and wait for the train to pass by—and blow ladies' skirts into the air. There's plenty of eye candy on the subway. And what's more romantic than a long commute to an outer borough like Queens or Brooklyn? Plus, late at night, you can fulfill an ultimate fantasy by having some hanky-panky with your loved one in an empty train. (Ana, if you're reading this, I have never done that … but will, if you want to. Besos y abrazos.)"

• "Sleep No More at the McKittrick Hotel is one of the sexiest shows in town. You enter with whomever you bring, but, as you make your way through the rooms, some people split off with different cast members as they seductively dance you through the story. It's very interesting, very unique and very darkly lit, which, we know, is the key for any sexy adventure."

• "The Campbell Apartment is a swank retro bar, a former office in Grand Central Terminal. Cocktails are pricey, so if you can't afford them, just pull a Speedy Gonzales and run as fast as you can. I'm kidding! I always pay for myself and my lady. You hear that, Ana? Anything your heart desires, I will bring you. Where are you going? Ana?"

[Amber Petty and Tim Murray, above: Photo by Matthew Murray]

50 Shades! The Musical Parody, Elektra Theatre, 300 W. 43rd St., btw Eighth & Ninth aves., 866.811.4111