New Sunset Park eatery boasts Italian dining, nearly naked women

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Talk about one-stop shopping!

Brooklynites can satiate more than just a hunger for a bowl of spaghetti at Jaguars 3 — the multi-level, jungle-themed, Italian restaurant-slash-Vegas-style nightclub-slash-bikini bar that finally emerged in a cloud of dance-floor smoke on 47th Street near Second Avenue in Sunset Park.

It’s been a full year since we first reported on Vincent Faraci’s leopard-printed extravaganza — so were more than a little excited to finally receive an invite to the grand opening party. Appletinis! Aerialists! Dancing ladies! Meatballs! Life-sized stuffed zebras! Does it get any better?

Well welcome to the jungle, baby — trumpeting elephants and growling lions herald your passage as you ascend from the thatched and bambooed foyer to the massive, illuminated lounge and bar. Just try not to get cute when you order your drink (no bathtub gin cocktails or small-batch elderflower infusions here); the bartendress met our request for a signature tipple with a befuddled stare, then offered us a Cosmo or Sex on the Beach. And what about white wines?

“We have Pinot Grigio. Also, Pinot Grigio.”

Fair enough.

If you want to create a base for your booze, dinner is served until 3 am on a raised platform overlooking the dance floor. Although wildly expensive (appetizers range from $11-15, pastas from $18.50-$45, and entrees $21-$65) most of it is probably better than it needs to be. Accomplished chef Rocco Di Lullo (formerly of Hotel Cipriani in Venice), displays a particularly deft hand with fish — our table raved over the perfectly cooked calamari (both fried and braised with eggplant), baked clams, and sea bass in tomato sauce.

Of course, anything tastes better when the Soprano’s Paulie Walnuts and Big Ang from Mob Wives are at the next table.

“It’s like being an extra in a ’70s mafia movie, but in the best way possible,” observed a dinner companion. “I’ve never felt more like I lived in Brooklyn until now.”

Once you’ve danced and dined, gather your dollar bills and a dirty martini and head to the cabaret (ie: thong-clad babes getting athletic on poles). Feeling a little frisky yourself? The well-appointed bathrooms contain much of what you’ll need to continue the party at home —from blow pops to perfumes to mesh halter body stockings. You know, just in case you need a spare.

So perhaps Jaguars 3 isn’t destined to become your regular watering hole — or maybe it is, big baller — but whenever your pleasure runs to old-school Italian meals and no frills cocktails, or if your ready to rock a fresh blow-out and knee-high boots and hit the dance floor with the girls, or maybe just angling to get a half-nekkid look at them, well, you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere better in Brooklyn.

Jaguars 3 [225 47th St. between Second and Third avenues in Sunset Park, (347) 457-6544

Updated 5:30 pm, July 9, 2018
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Pat from Sunset Park says:
How did this guy get a liquor license???? This place is called Jaguar 3 because there were 2 previous Jaguars, in Las Vegas, which were closed for mob reasons! This guy did jail time! He's mobbed up! Didn't the SLA look at any of this?

March 7, 2012, 11:39 am
Lea from SP says:
Another spot where junkies and pros used to/still hang out around/under/near the underpass...there have been pros hanging down there since the longshoremen worked the boatyards, and well before much as things change - they stay the same...
March 8, 2012, 3:02 am
jinx from bk says:
I think I saw Jemaine in there the other day, taking a break from working the street
March 8, 2012, 8:53 am
Ahab from Bay Rij says:
That's at least the third mention of this trash-pit in the Brooklyn Paper. Which one of the editors is related to an owner of the club?
March 8, 2012, 3:02 pm
Tommy from Bensonhurst says:
This place is Pastels, Penthouse, Gazebo, Illusions, 2001 Odyssey and Legacy all rolled up into one...Three generations of Brooklyn all in one establishment. Im glad to see a bit of old school brooklyn flavor being reincarnated, right in the middle of a nothing doing neighborhood!
March 8, 2012, 3:53 pm
Angelo from Park Slope says:
My girlfriend and I went to Jaguars3 to see what it is all about. Honestly, it was rather boring and a little trashy. We are used to the clubs and lounges in the Meat Packing District of NYC. This club is NOT like them. It is definetly over priced and I cannot figure out why. It is in a bad neighborhood, the women working there are just alright looking and the drinks ($18 per drink) were nothing special. We won't be going back. I wouldn't recommend going there unless you want to hang out with a bunch of Staten Islanders.
March 12, 2012, 12:47 pm
Maria says:
Did you see the dance show in the lounge Angelo? That wasn't boring...I've never seen anything like it.
March 19, 2012, 12:34 am
steven from bayridge says:
there was already a stabbing there,how horrible this place will be closed down in no time. I overheard girls saying they werent getting paid to be there such as the waitressses? whats going on in this place? better places in manhattan... AVOID THIS PLACE
March 20, 2012, 9:19 pm
J from park slope says:
this place reflects its surroundings...trashy, dirty, cheap, including thugs!
June 7, 2013, 9:24 pm

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