Hello, Boom Boom Room. After several hours of pre-gaming, we were ready to make our initial trip up the elevator's to Andre Balazs' newest pleasure palace high above the High Line. Good call on our part. The beginning of the evening was a private get together for Andre and his friends and the second part of the night opened up a bit. By the time we rolled in, the initial shit show had thinned out and the Boom Boom Room was going off. Our initial reaction was pure WOW. The space is gorgeous, with a bar anchoring the center of the room and floor to ceiling windows offering patrons stunning views in every direction. While the bar is in center field, the tables ring the venue, giving the guests who occupy the soft, tan couches the opportunity to stare out into the Manhattan night.
If you were following the twaffic this weekend, you would know that we were enjoying some choice nights out on the town. If not, then we suggest you decide to follow us so you can stay up to date. But here are some hangover observations from some very late nights.
Friday evening found us at The Gramercy Park Hotel for the Rose Sessions featuring the Black Keys. We hadn't been to the Rose Bar in a good long while, and we found her to be in excellent shape. We settled into our table at the center of the room, sipping some delicious DeLeon cocktails and getting ready for the show. The room was silly packed with a glamorous crowd which reinforced our belief that when Rose Bar makes the effort, it is pretty hard to beat. The Keys came on around 12:30 and were outstanding (see for yourself), rocking the room with an hour plus set that had the walls shaking. We heard rumors that the party was headed to the 3rd Floor after the show, but we decided to call it a night.
Saturday at the Jane and going Boom Boom, right this way.
Our friends at Metromix took a tour of the soon to open Los Feliz in the Lower East Side, and we have to say, it looks kind of awesome. The former Suba space has been transformed into a multi-level den of tequila themed debauchery, including a "cobblestone-paved and graffiti-covered underground grotto". How can you go wrong with a grotto? Due to its location, we expect this place to be a shit-show on the weekends, but have high hopes for some tequila fueled weeknights.[Metromix]
There used to be a time in New York when clubs didn't rely on websites and Twitter to attract customers. Hell, there used to be a time when clubs offered just a bit more than booze and dancing. The most famous of these was Plato's Retreat, Larry Levenson's swingers club that operated in the basement of the Ansonia Hotel on the Upper West Side. And while today's sex clubs shy away from the spotlight and Health Department (except for the ones who give interviews to the NY Times), Plato's actually advertised on television. Join us on a trip down memory lane as we remember a different era in NYC nightlife.
For those who want to know, here is The Gates full lineup of Fashion Week events over the coming days.
Wednesday September 9th
- 11pm - Official NIMA after show party feat. music by Marc-Alan Grey and Kieren Taylor
Thursday Sepember 10th
- 11pm - Ford Models Fashion Week Party feat. music by DJ Reach
Friday September 11th
- 11:30pm - Carlos Campos after show party feat. music by DJ Drek Martinez
Saturday September 12th
- 12am - Style 360 Fashion Week Party with sponsors Elle Magazine and Sephora among others feat. music by DJ Equal
Sunday September 13th
- 11pm - Derek Lam Fashion Week after show party.
A Little Birdy sends us this picture from inside Keith McNally's pending pizza joint at the corner of Bowery and Houston. The restaurant, which will be named Pulino’s Bar and Pizzeria, will be helmed by wonder boy Nate Appleman and is scheduled to open in December. We suggest getting a move on if they want to make that date.
Freemans turns 5 years old this week, and to celebrate, Taavo, Will and the entire Freemans gang is offering customers $5 Artichoke Dip and $5 Freemans Cocktails from Tuesday 9/8 to Monday 9/14 (both lunch and dinner service). How nice of them, and congrats on making it this far. Do stop in and say hello!
We are just days away from the beginning of Fashion Week, which means we are just days away from the opening of the Standard's roof top bar, the Boom Boom Room. The space, towering high above the High Line park, is certainly one of the most anticipated openings to hit New York in a long time. According to our Little Birdy, the Boom Boom Room is jaw-droppingly awesome, with floor to ceiling windows offering magnificent views in every direction. But the kicker is the portions of the room that have glass floors, offering views 18 stories down to the ground. Hope that doesn't make you too jumpy. The festivities kick off Saturday night with a private party and then Purple Magazine takes over on Sunday for what is sure to be a wild fiesta. Boom Boom!
The gossip will flow when you are about to open. Today it's Abbe Diaz's turn (on the recently redesigned Px This) to wade into the Abe and Arthur's pool, discussing the potential profitability of the restaurant, the likelihood of diners accessing Simyone after their meal, and just who put their own cash into the deal. According to the post, "I heard those guys are in deep with their own personal cash. And they might be cash poor. I know someone who was interviewing for a position… they just lowballed him all day long… it’s like The Inn [at Little West 12th] all over again… We all know how that turned out…."
UPDATE: Eater gets the first shot inside the restaurant which officially opens on 9/18 AND the iCrave juice on the design, which features "Tanned leathers, waxen, oak flooring in the main room and dark carpeting on the mezzanine, and clean, white tablecloths accent the room, while custom light fixtures engulf the space in intimate, canopied light." It's a little different than we thought it would look.
Behold, the renderings for the planned renovation of the former Limelight space on 6th Avenue. Where there once was a church and nightclub, there is now a plan to turn the 163-year-old, landmark building into the Limelight Marketplace that will house 80 different high-end shops and 1 fine dining restaurant. But it may be not so fast for the Limelight Marketplace group because the local Community Board has a long memory of the former church as the oh so wild Limelight and the oh so crappy Avalon. So even though the LM has no plans to apply for a cabaret license, "residents are worried that the mall is 'one big dodge to get a club going there,' said Board 5 Landmarks Chairman Howard Mendes", adding that a "large empty space in the floor plan that would be 'perfect for dancing'. Can you believe it? A space that would be perfect for dancing! The plan may be scrapped because there is a space! Anyway, the developers promise that there is nothing like it in New York, and they may be right. But good luck convincing Howard "Matlock Jr." Mendes, who is still scarred from the bad old days of Peter Gatien and the Club Kids that people still worship for some odd reason. Don't worry Howie - no one cares anymore.