It’s a mad, mad, mad globalized world. And so the export of NYC’s top nightlife spots seems almost an inevitability. Especially as marquee chefs like Jean-Georges, Nobu Matsuhisa and Daniel Boulud have already taken their restaurant empires full-intercontinental.
And so it is that 1 OAK has just opened its first Asian outpost this month in the great metropolis of Tokyo. Richie Akiva and Ronnie Madra’s Butter Group had recently debuted their beach club spinoff in the Maldives; but the Japanese capital seems particular suited to the glitz-and-glamour ethos of 1 OAK – which has been notable for its supersonic-a-list clientele, including Beyoncé, Madonna, Rihanna and Halle Berry.
Roy Nachum has once again created the exclusive art installations adorning the wildly surreal space – which is certainly not lacking for V-V-V.I.P. areas where celebs can savor their luxurious privacy.
Some 2800 km away in Hong Kong, another Gotham late-night legend will be debuting this fall. Indeed, cocktail pioneers (meaning, they were doing it before everyone else was) PDT had previously collaborated on a pop-up at the city’s plush Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong hotel – and now it’s going permanent. Expect a dark, sexy space, a recreation of its secretive “phone booth” entrance and, of course, an unparalleled drinks program by exalted liquid alchemist Jim Meehan.
A definite opening date has yet to be set – but if your November travel plans include Hong Kong, you should be all set.