She’s New York’s most coveted paid companion.
Lisa VanArsdale, 27, has cuddled her way to the top of the snuggling business as the Big Apple’s only five-star snuggler.
“I just f–king love cuddling,” she said of her G-rated sessions with lonely men. “Plus, the money is good.”
The cozy companion, who works for The Snuggle Buddies service, sees business grow during the holidays.
“I saw a huge increase in clientele right after Thanksgiving,” VanArsdale said, noting that she has received 15 snuggle requests in the past two weeks alone.
“One reason is that Christmas is a time of year to spend with family, and if you don’t have that, it can be very lonely,” she said.
VanArsdale’s clients are mostly men between 40 and 60 who “have a hard time finding companionship organically and lack human connection and touch,” the petite brunette explained.
One client wrote on his request form: “[I’m] a widower of four years . . . longing for the much needed presence of a woman in my life.”
‘I just f–king love cuddling … Plus, the money is good.’
VanArsdale carefully vets clients: “I always size them up over the phone first to see if they ask any inappropriate questions, if they’re looking for more than just cuddling,” she said.
But things do not always go according to plan. She made tabloid headlines earlier this year after a rendezvous with actor Taye Diggs went beyond mere snuggling, admitting she broke it off when she learned he had a girlfriend.
Some men wine-and-dine VanArsdale, she explained.
“I went on an outing last week with a guy who comes to the city from a small town in the South,” she said. “We went to check out a Cuban restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen, then went on a walk around the Christmas market at Columbus Circle.”
The two made their way back to a Midtown hotel, where they cuddled all night.
VanArsdale collected a $330 fee for the no-sex session.
The married client “said he loves his wife, and they have great sex, but she never just wants to lay and be with him,” VanArsdale said. “I think we’re oversexed because we’re undertouched.”
At a recent “in-call” appointment, VanArsdale invited a man to her brightly colored Harlem bedroom.
VanArsdale smiled at her client, a college student, and made small talk.
“I needed comfort after a breakup I had and was feeling very lonely,” the client told her.