Tuesday, November 1, 2011

New York City

Welcome to New York

                   New York City has many cultures and billions of places to visit. It would take someone years to visit everything in New York City... it may be impossible. But NYC is always awake and always waiting for new people to bask in its glory. New York, New York. The Big Apple.  The City that Never Sleeps. It contains everything that you could ever wish for; in terms of language, culture, food and entertainment no city is richer. With its great array of skyscrapers, few cities in the world are as photogenic either. It is a town of many faces, all of them in New York. Trend-wise, the city is never still, there is always a new hot spot, fashions change on a daily basis, to the point where it can be hard to keep up. New York accommodates every taste, but sheer number of choices can be overwhelming, so I tried to put together a guide that covers every aspect of the city's nightlife. Whether you're looking for a place to dance, a dive bar with a great jukebox, or just to see something new and unusual. They don't call it the "city that never sleeps" for nothing.

42 East 58th Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 888-2288
If you are looking for a high energy New York restaurant with exceptional food and magnificent service then Tao NYC is just the ticket. This exceedingly trendy Midtown Pan-Asian restaurant and lounge club features a dramatic bi-level space, complete with a giant Buddha statue, minimalist decor and interesting food. Housed in a former movie theater, Tao makes the most of its soaring ceiling, exposed brick walls and intimate banquettes. In addition to the Buddha, there's plenty of bamboo, silk upholstery and backlit screens. The food will transport you to another world — the menu takes Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai dishes and adds a touch of New York flair for good measure. There’s plenty of sushi on offer to cater for the uber chic fashionista alongside epicurean delights such as wasabi crusted filet of beef and Crispy Chilean sea bass skewers and Meaty dragon tail spare ribs that will satiate even the heartiest foodie. After dinner the bar is perfect place to people watch (or have eyes on you!), with a wealth of signature cocktails prepared by expert barmen who make tom cruise look inept both as a bartender and aesthetically too. In addition to its 300 seats, Tao includes a sushi bar, lounge and two bars at which to enjoy the food and the show. Among celebrities who visit it on a regular basis are - Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, Beyonce, Jay Z, Britney Spears, Madonna, Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton - don't forget your cameras, you never know who you are going to bump into!

Appetizers range from $8 - $18; Entrees: $16 -$39. Offering $26.50 Prix Fixe Lunch Menu year round.

105 Hudson Street,
( 212)2190500

Nobu New York, the flagship restaurant of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, has been a pioneer of Japanese cuisine since its initial opening in 1994. Bringing his modern Japanese to Tribeca, Nobu draws upon his classical training at sushi bars in Tokyo and his life abroad in Peru, Argentina, and around the world to create a whole new trend in Japanese cuisine. The resulting dishes, including Tiradito Nobu Style, Yellowtail with Jalapeno, Squid Pasta, and Black Cod with Miso, place Nobu at the fore-front of new style Japanese cookery. The restaurant has an elegant and rustic David Rockwell décor accented by a wooden veneer and traditional Japanese artwork. The atmosphere is famously electric, with a well off –and well known- crowd, making Nobu New York one of the hottest draws in the whole of the Big Apple.

54 W 21st St (Between 5th and 6th)
(212) 989-0096
Located in the Flatiron district, Slate is one of New York City’s most unique and dramatic Venues. Housed in over 16,000 square feet, the two floors are joined by a spectacular glass staircase in the shape of a triangle. Upon entering Slate, guests are visually drawn to a stunning and curvaceous 54-foot sweeping fiber optic Luminescent glass bar along with separate lounge areas. The Plus lounge features restful sofas and over sized plush chairs, creating a sleek social, living-room atmosphere, while staying true to comfort and functionality. Adjacent to the lounge stands a wall-to-wall line of twelve foot doors, which when opened; expose a line of 6 billiard tables and 3 ping pong tables. We also provide a full service restaurant. Our New American seasonal menu features a wide array of over sized appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and entrees. No matter what your culinary preference is, the cuisine at Slate is sure to thrill your palate and satisfy your hunger. Lindsay Lohan, Kid Rock, Pamela Anderson, Ben Affleck, Howard Stern, David Spade, and Sarah Jessica Parker have all partied the night away at Slate.

116 Tenth Ave

Having one of the toughest doors in NYC, this exclusive spot was brought to you by none other than Mr.Noah Tepperberg.. If you plan on having a dance night, you should make other arrangements since there is no dance floor. But if you're in the mood to mingle with some of New York's elite, then this is definitely the place to be. If you're lucky enough to get a table, be sure to try Avenue's Parmesan Truffle Fries, a favorite among loyal patrons. And, if you're willing to drop a few extra bucks, Avenue serves up some of the most delicious cocktails in the city. The staff is attentive and courteous, so don't expect your glass to stay empty for very long. Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kanye West, Leonardo DiCaprio, Paris Hilton, and Lady GaGa have all been spotted partying the night away at Avenue.

635 West 42nd Street
Espace is a sleek, ultra-chic hotspot in Manhattan. Espace features an elaborate ballroom, perfect for large-scale events. Espace offers its clients a clean modern canvas on which to create an unparalleled event experience. This beautiful non-traditional event space has hosted events from fashion shows, bar mitzvahs, weddings, launches, to charity bashes. The blank canvas of which it was created allows endless possibilities of decor and ambiance.
America Ferrara, Common, Oprah, Beyonce, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Charlotte Ronson, Derek Lam, Rachel Zoe, Emmy Rossum, DJ Cassidy, Anna Wintour, Kimora Lee Simmons, Nicole Miller are some celebrities just to name a few that have been spotted at Espace!

839 Avenue of the Americas
Designed by Syd Mead and drawing upon the robust red and black color palate of the Basque region, Bar Basque is nestled on the second floor of the highly anticipated Eventi Hotel and offers a futuristic oasis for lounging and dining. While impeccably executed Basque cuisine is the focus here, the sprawling space boasts several hip and chic options for gathering, as guests navigate their way through the 32 wines-by-the-glass on offer via the EnoMatic wine system; separate indoor and outdoor lounges – where pinxtos, cocktails, wine and dinner are all available; an indoor dining room with private dining options offering a view of the impressive open kitchen; and the expansive outdoor dining terrace that offers year-round “al fresco” dining under a retractable roof that transforms to an outdoor space in seconds.

Saxon and Parole
316 Bowery, New York, NY 10012.
Telephone: 212 254 0350
Former Bowery hang out Double Crown has been revamped and reopened as Saxon+Parole, an American bar and restaurant with cocktails – literally - on tap. The space is as handsome as you’d expect given that it was designed by AvroKO. The dining room boasts ornate wood-panelled walls and striking light fittings, there’s a second atmospheric, bottle-lined space with wine glasses dangling from the ceiling as well as a slightly more casual bar area for sitting and sipping. House cocktails are hip and innovative and the food menu promises ‘grilled meats and aquatic delights’ in abundance.


11 Doyers St., Chinatown, New York, NY 10013.
Telephone: 212-227-3099
Pulqueria is the latest venture by the team behind the brilliant Apotheke. This of-the-moment Mexican bar is fairly well hidden in Chinatown but if you can find the unassuming entrance stairwell, you’ll find an atmospheric space serving typically inventive cocktails, many made with the ancient agave-derived Mexican spirit, pulque, from which the bar takes its name. The subterranean space is low-key (and low-lit) but subtly stylish with a tasteful scattering of Aztec adornments. Chase your cocktails with some authentic Mexican street food; their tacos are some of the best around.

Bar 89

89 89 Mercer Street, New York, NY 10012-4402.
Telephone: +1 212 274 0989
Another swanky Sex and the City-style food-bar where the glass-door designer bathrooms are as talked about as the tall drinks. Unisex cubicles on the first floor, they look at first as if everyone can see you doing your thing. But drop the latch on the door and they become miraculously opaque. Cocktails are large, powerful and pricey, but perfectly prepared by barmen who seem as intense as hit men as they crush the lime and mince the mint for the mojitos. Arty wall installations, and high booths make for a busy interior although it looks like a large, airy diner. Take a booth, order a beer and tuck into one of their delicious portabella sandwiches.

Campbell Apartment

15 Grand Central Station, Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, 10017.
Telephone: 212 953 0409
Voted one of the best bars in America in a Playboy poll, Campbell's is the barn-sized office of businessman John W. Campbell on a ground floor in Grand Central Station. Transformed into the galleried hall of a 13th-century Florentine palace, it's leased out for parties and music evenings. Full of Renaissance antiques, grand pianos and organs, it's Gatsby glamour meets Capote cool; a real-life fairy tale in New York.

Flatiron Lounge

37 West 19th Street between 5th and 6th avenue, New York, NY 10011.
Telephone: + 1 212 727 7741
Set in a historic building dating back to the Roaring Twenties, Flatiron is a gorgeous dining lounge with designer cocktails created by celebrated mixologist Julie Reiner. The style is a tribute to the glory years, with sleek banquettes, much dark wood and much solid wrought ironwork - classic old New York. The bar meanwhile is a 30ft-long Art Deco counter that used to be in the legendary Manhattan Ballroom. Drinks meanwhile continue to evoke the classic age: a vast selection of perfectly poured favourites with twists listed under generic titles. 'Flights Back in Time' are Rat Pack favourites like the Sazerac, the Sidecar and the Aviation; Flights to Hawaii are tropical drinks made with fresh fruit and rum; and the Flight of the Day (for a cool 18 bucks) is the daily regular - order it and see where it takes you. Reiner is a master of the classic cocktail art and her Flatiron bar is one for purists with a sense of history.

75 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10011
The second of the mega-restaurants to be opened by Stephen Starr, Buddakan features Chinese-fusion cuisine. The space is huge (at over 17,000 square feet), and is decorated in the sleek style of ancient Chinese banquet halls. The upstairs area is first come first served and features only the appetizer, noodle and rice sections of the menu. Buddakan is perfect for group dining or for club goers looking to get a quick bite before heading out for the evening. 

Juliet Super Club
539 West 21st Street  
Already known for it’s A-List parties and jet-setting guests, Juliet is a nexus of creativity and glamour. Juliet Supperclub recently unveiled Juliet Kitchen and Grill, a brand new restaurant component with a focus on international street food. After eating delicious dinner, the night continues and the party comes alive around you; featuring a nightly rotation of top DJs and musical acts as well as performers. Created and founded by nightlife impresario Jon B. Juliet Supperclub continues to be a heavily sought after destination for influencers and diners alike. Located in the heart of the West Chelsea Gallery district Juliet Supperclub resembles a jewel box, encouraging a dressy and romantic dining experience. Created and founded by nightlife impresario Jon B, who also owns the city’s first eco-conscious nightclub Greenhouse, Juliet Supperclub continues to be a heavily sought after destination for influencers and now foodies alike. After a delicious dinner from Chef Tolentino, guests can burn off our dinner on the dance floor and experience one of New York City’s most glamorous nightclubs at its best.
The Juliet Supper Club has entertained some top-notch celebrities like Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Ryan Phillipe, Ashton Kutcher, and John Legend.

420 Park Avenue South New York, NY
This is one of NYC’s most exclusive rooftops & loft lounges. With a signature pool, alfresco fireplace and seductive city lights, this is truly an extraordinary nightlife in Manhattan. It’s known as a late night celebrity-studded hotspot and has what you call the infamous “List”. Without your name on The List, you’ll be placed along the many on curbside wait. Located in the architecturally interesting neighborhood of NoMad (North of Madison Square Park), the area is rich in history and within proximity of Times Square, Bryant Park and the Empire State Building.

289 10th Ave
Marquee is one West Chelsea club that couples high-class clientele with long term success. For five years, the impeccably dressed doorman, Wass, has maintained the ultra-lounge’s integrity, thus making it a fixture in the lives of Manhattan’s party elite. Rubbing elbows with models and celebrities is not an anomaly, but a guarantee. Bottle service is the norm and single men: be ready to cough up serious dough if you want to party like a rock star. The lounge’s Tuesday Baby Tuesday party has attracted la crème de la crème for years. Inside highlights include a signature staircase, plus a chandelier that drenches revelers in an array of ever changing colors. At this bi-level club, which boasts two DJs and three bars, space is at a premium. The main dance floor on the bottom floor is so small that most club goers take to the couches to get their groove on. House and techno beats blare until 5 am. The club’s sultry, modern vibe, architectural design, and intimate atmosphere, make for a unique combination. It’s no wonder the club was deemed the hottest club in the known universe by the New York Post.
As captured in the pages of In Touch, Us Weekly and Page Six, the list of high profile celebrities, catwalk divas, and international jet setters that frequent Marquee on a nightly basis is never-ending. A-listers such as: Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Ashlee Simpson, Mario Lopez, Chace Crawford, are just a few of the many who step foot into this classy lounge.

150 Varick Street
Greenhouse is Mother Earth’s most upscale new club in SoHo. A-List celebrities have become the new face for “going green,” so you can expect to party with NYC’s trendiest and chicest when you frequent Manhattan’s most swank, new and exclusive hotspot. Greenhouse is a bi-level 6,000 square foot space and the first nightclub in New York with LEED certification. The walls are made of sustainable bamboo rather than wood and the space is made mostly from recycled materials and has the feeling of a glitzy nature preserve with a huge waterfall and a ceiling made of live plants. Partygoers rest at ease for at Greenhouse “going green” has never looked so fabulous!

609 West 29th Street
Amnesia has single handedly shifted New York City's nightlife scene back into overdrive! Located in West Chelsea, this hub of after-dark excitement has, indeed, raised to the top of every A-lister's club itinerary. Amnesia is a dynamic late-night playground that combines non-stop energy with 5-star entertainment, including state-of-the art sound and lighting systems, cutting edge DJs, aerialists, dancers, and live performances.

18 Little W. 12th St., nr. Greenwich St.;
As the stylish crowd grinds on a sunken dance floor, D.J.'s— many from Europe—spin some of the best house this side of the Atlantic.

Pacha NYC
618 W. 46th St., nr. Eleventh Ave.;
A global franchise rooted in Ibiza brings its high-gloss decadence plus techno turntables like Armin van Buren to a multilevel space in midtown.

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