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It's weird as you think.

From acrobatic dinner parties and framed street art to human ATMs and naked yoga, we live in a city known for head-scratching new experiences.

Wait til you hear what just opened in Chinatown.

Introducing Meow Parlour, New York City’s new “cat café.”

Yes, at first it sounded weird and potentially gross to us, too (like a busy Starbucks crawling with rogue felines?). But then we looked into the concept (which is apparently huge in Asia), and it’s actually pretty sweet.

Meow Parlour is a homey, semi-private space that you rent access to for short periods of time. Here’s what you do: Reserve a spot online ($4 for every half hour). Grab a tea and a treat from the sister patisserie around the corner (this whole thing is run by the Macaron Parlour folks) and head inside. The space allows for 20 visitors at a time and upwards of a dozen kitties (all friendly, all adoptable) to play with.

The good news: The idea works. And, well, that’s also the bad news: Spots are sold out through February.

While you wait for your appointment, feel free to Insta-stalk this orange tabby in an ice-cream truck.

Meow Parlour, 46 Hester St. (between Ludlow and Essex sts.);

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