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Playboy Club NYC: Inside the moody lounge now open in midtown

The iconic bunny ears and cottontails are officially back at the Playboy Club NYC on Wednesday.

The modern take on the Playboy Mansion, opening at 512 W. 42nd St., with rich fabrics, colors and a "playful" ambience like its predecessor — the former NYC iteration shuttered in 1986 — is taking reservations on its website for those eager to get inside the 14,000-square-foot lounge. The ornately decorated club, with a bar that glows under artwork from the Playboy archives, has distinct rooms designed by Cenk Fikri (The Goldbar, Melt) — the Grotto Lounge, Bunny Lounge, Royal Salute Lounge — with plush couches and seating. Additional spaces are "unlocked" by members only. (The top tier is $250,000 a year.) The Playboy logo is placed throughout in case you forget where you're partying.

The club will host events previously held at the Playboy Mansion, including “Midsummer Night’s Dream" and “Masquerade Night,” as well as Oscar, Grammy and Super Bowl parties.

In June, Playboy Enterprises announced that the club would open as a “luxurious, seductive and playful” space to imbibe and party — a re-imagining of the original mansion.

“We are excited to enter the new era of the Playboy brand and introduce the new Playboy Club to New York City and the rest of the world,” Merchants Hospitality’s Abraham Merchant said. “We have created an electric and epic atmosphere at the Playboy Club. From the music to the luxurious interior, the design to the savory menu, it will be an experience our guests will never forget.”

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The club is open from 5 p.m. to
Photo Credit: Steven Gomillion

The club is open from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. Those with private membership -- there is a waitlist -- have access to additional rooms.

The Playboy Bar

Inside, an opulent bar glows under a collection
Photo Credit: Steven Gomillion

Inside, an opulent bar glows under a collection of artwork from the Playboy archives that spans more than 65 years. The lighting is low and the room is enveloped in black wooden panels with gold accents. In one corner of the room, a gold, embroidered wall has an encased DJ booth.

'Gastronomic attitude'

Nobu veteran Richie Notar has developed a menu
Photo Credit: Steven Gomillion

Nobu veteran Richie Notar has developed a menu with "gastronomic attitude," according to the company. Guests can have light lounge bites to full course meals, including yellowfin tuna with crispy rice and spicy mayo; Spanish turbot meunière with capers and brown butter; and Miyazaki Wagyu steak. Playboy Club's executive chef Tabitha Yeh has created a sushi menu with dishes like the Playboy House Roll, which is filled with toro, salmon, caviar, and crispy shallots wrapped in cucumber. Dessert includes a Playboy Gold Bar with crispies, hazelnut and cherries.

A 600-gallon aquarium

Among the decorations is a 600-gallon aquarium with
Photo Credit: Steven Gomillion

Among the decorations is a 600-gallon aquarium with a hand-sculpted bunny head reef.

Hidden rooms

Only members can find the Rabbit Hole, a
Photo Credit: Steven Gomillion

Only members can find the Rabbit Hole, a hidden speak-easy behind a secret, leather-tufted door. The Black Box, a bottom-lit, marble runway and event space, is open to a limited number of "privileged" guests. Three subterranean levels total offer secluded tables.

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