Picture the dance contest scene from "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights." Sexy bodies rubbing against each other to the beat of salsa. The room is filled with son and a whole lot of soul. Use that image as a template for your next night out. Except your are not in Cuba in the midst of a revolution, Diego Luna is not your dance partner (sorry) and Patrick Swayze is not eyeing you from afar. Disappointments aside, bodies are still looking sensual and the room still exudes that latin warmth. Below are the best salsa joints in New York for some dirty dancing. Make sure you check them out!
This Spanish restaurant on Houston and Allen street, serves some of the best tapas and sangria in town. There's live music every day of the week, except for Fridays (when else would the Spanish take their siesta?) But you definitely want to visit Oliva on Saturday night. Stay after hours. With a full belly and boozed-up (shameless) you'll be ready to hit the dance floor. At 11:30 pm a salsa group starts playing. Tables are moved and the restaurant becomes an instant dance floor. The party will go on until the wee hours of the morning.
Where: 161 East Houston Street, New York, NY
If a place is known as the "Home of the Dancer," you know you better be shaking your hips if you're going in there. This club is for more talented salsa dancer. That's not to say you won't be welcomed in if you have two left feet. Salseros can enjoy some of the best salsa bands in the city, along with some mambo and Cha Cha. Beyond sweaty, seductive dancing other perks include live dancing shows by professional salsa dancers from all over the world. True fact, Canadians, Germans and Japanese can also shake up the dance floor.
Where: 221 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036