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Social clubs NYC: Nat Sherman Townhouse, Ruff Club, The Grace List and more

Social clubs have always promised the privilege of unique experiences.

But these days you don't have to have a condo on Billionaire's Row to get in. There are clubs for golfers, artist-types, even dog lovers. What they all have in common is a promise of privileged access.

"People like being part of something that offers some exclusivity," said Michael Herklots, vice president of retail and brand development at Nat Sherman, which offers a membership to a private social club at its town house on East 42nd Street off Fifth Avenue.

Learn more about Nat Sherman and other quirky, surprising, fun and fitness-oriented social clubs worth checking into this year below.

Ruff Club

This social club has literally gone to the
Photo Credit: Ruff Club

This social club has literally gone to the dogs. Ruff Club is a members-only group in the East Village for people who own dogs to meet-up or to just drop off their pet to socialize with the other four-legged members. Given how cramped apartments in Manhattan can be, having somewhere to take your best friend is a major draw for this club. An annual membership is $149 but there are extra fees for day care services. Info: Ruff Club, 34 Avenue A, 347-829-RUFF, ruffclub.com

The Grace List

The Grace List is a highly curated members-only
Photo Credit: Facebook / The Grace List

The Grace List is a highly curated members-only group whose mission is to bring together liked-minded people for business and pleasure. Members get to go on specially arranged trips (think Art Basel in Miami or the Kentucky Derby) all the while following the Grace List motto of "work, play, relax, connect." Prospective members are required to apply and annual fees are $1,200. Info: The Grace List, www.thegracelist.com

Golf & Body NYC

Do you seriously want to up your golf
Photo Credit: Golf & Body NYC / John Scott Lewinski

Do you seriously want to up your golf game? Golf & Body NYC is a private club established in 2013 that brings together diagnostic tools, golf, fitness and medical experts to provide specialized instruction and even "ball-flight analysis." All of this will cost you, but if golf is like breathing to you, perhaps you don't mind shelling out a $10,000 initiation fee (plus extra fees for training, etc.) Still, this is the total package for golf aficionados that includes socializing and entertainment. Info: Golf & Body NYC, 883 Avenue of the Americas, 212-244-2626, www.golfbodynyc.com

Nat Sherman Townhouse

Nat Sherman came to New York City from
Photo Credit: Nat Sherman

Nat Sherman came to New York City from Hungary in the early 1900s, and through a couple business deals became the owner of a cigar factory and a storefront on Broadway in midtown that he turned into a retail powerhouse. Today the company's retail headquarters is in a historic town house on East 42nd Street off Fifth Avenue. Although always open to the public, the company introduced a members-only social club in the downstairs Johnson Room. A playroom, it includes a counter bar area, plush couches and lounge chairs. There's even a humidified room where members can keep their cigars. Access to the private club costs $3,000 annually. Nat Sherman Townhouse, 12 E. 42nd St., 212-764-5000, natsherman.com

Norwood Club

If you consider yourself the creative type, the
Photo Credit: Facebook / Norwood Club

If you consider yourself the creative type, the exclusive Norwood Club may be the members-only group for you. Founded in 2007 and centered around the 19th century-built Andrew Norwood House on West 14th Street, the club's website claims members enjoy "a salon of discovery." From the looks of its Facebook page, the photos from the club's Halloween party may be enough to persuade the imaginative to join. Membership requires an application (an example question is "What would you expect from a modern day arts club?") and dues. However, an inquiry to the membership director didn't not spark a response about the costs. Info: Norwood Club, 241 W. 14th St., 212-255-9300, www.norwoodclub.com

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