Orlando Bloom Does Hollywood a Favor

Photo by Hengist Decius

Justin Bieber once again proves that he’s Hollywood’s biggest douchelord. This time it doesn’t involve peeing in a bucket or speeding his leopard print Audi in the streets of his child-infested Calabasas neighborhood. This drama took place overseas and involved not only Orlando Bloom, but my personal favorite restaurant Cipriani’s as well. We hope no bellinis were harmed in the making of this tabloid headline.

Apparently things got heated at the Ibiza hotspot that was hosting a party where Hilton, Lohan, and Diddy were present. Allegedly, Bloom refused to shake Justin’s hand (for good reason, who knows where that thing has been!) due to claims that JB made rude comments about Blooms ex, supermodel goddess Miranda Kerr. Orlando, being a true man, stood up for himself and the brunette bombshell and threw a punch at the toddler sized adult. The crowd at #Cips went wild. A round of bellinis for everyone!

Being the “gangster” that Justin is, he had his entourage block the hit; he couldn’t let anything happen to his chiseled little baby face. Sources also say JB was putting his newly puberty deep vocals to yell, “What’s up, bitch?” And “Say hi to her,” as the two we’re being separated. Justin’s just such a class act.

Miami Opening: Cipriani Downtown

Italians, as we surely know, do love to carry on the family business. After all, selling out to the corporate powers would be just so…American. And so Giuseppe Cipriani’s boys, Maggio and Ignazio, are keeping it in the clan. And though it’s almost hard to believe, this is the brand’s debut entry into a city that seems so perfectly suited to their epicurean ethos. With aesthetic nods to that most famous Venice original, Harry’s Bar (here as well, the room’s energy radiates from the bar), the new Cipriani Downtown Miami exudes their signature low-key glamour. Michele Bonan’s design incorporates striped Venetian floors, Murano chandeliers and massive windows affording gorgeous aquatic views.

Naturally, you will not come here looking for culinary experimentation. As one would expect, it’s all prosciutto di parma, Carpaccio Alla Cipriani, risotto alla primavera and veal milanesine done to luxurious perfection, with a couple of endemic specialties (Florida stone crab salad) added to the mix. And several rounds of bellinis are as de rigueur here as back home in the Veneto. Expect the crowd to be as pretty as the setting.

Photo: Stephen Wolter

[Related: BlackBook Miami Guide; Listing for Cipriani Downtown Miami; More by Ken Scrudato; Follow Ken on Twitter]

Industry Insiders: Cygalle Dias, Zen Master

Ever hear of a water-cannon salute? Fire
trucks lined the runway to spray our plane with water, after landing in the Dominican Republic on JetBlue’s inaugural flight from JFK to La Romana. We headed to Casa de Campo, sugar baron Pepe Fanjul’s beautiful resort. The movie Rambo 2 included scenes on the stunning Chavon River there. Sting, Carlos Santana, and Frank Sinatra are among the many celebrities who have performed at the nearby amphitheater.
 Cygalle Dias, an entrepreneur based in New York, launched a healing spa at the resort. The spa, replete with an outdoor labyrinth and Zen gardens, is one property of a spa company that spans both the fashion and entertainment world.  

 What does your company do?
It brings mobile spas to places such as the Hamptons, and New York and London Fashion Weeks.
 
Who have enjoyed your spas?
Rosario Dawson in the Hamptons, Zac Posen and Charlotte Ronson in New York, and Stella McCartney in London.
 
Tell me a little about your connection with the Dominican Republic.

Another facet of my business is spa management. We launched a healing spa at Casa de Campo.
 
What do you love about Casa de Campo?

They’re pioneers in creating an all-inclusive resort. It’s 7,000 acres. It’s huge.
 
What’s distinctive about it?
I think the villa lifestyle is really special there. You can have your own private chef and butler.
 
How do you like the restaurants?
I love Le Cirque there, which is on the beach. The people that own it are really nice. They have Le Cirque in New York, too. My other favorite is La Casita, a Spanish-American style restaurant that is in the Marina. I love the view right on the water.
 
Tell us a bit about the spa.
My vision of the spa was to integrate health and beauty throughout the entire resort. The spa at Casa de Campo is natural, featuring organic treatments and healing for the holistic lifestyle. It features seven suites. They’re private and quite large.
 
What is the water ritual in the suites all about? The water plunged from 105◦ F to 59◦ F !
It’s an Oriental therapy designed from ancient times for building up your immune system. Once you get used to it — and you have to do it a lot – you get stronger health-wise because it’s stimulating both your immune system and circulation, too. And when you have another spa treatment, it is enhanced, since you’re already stimulated from the experience. I recommend the water ritual and then the steam treatment, which is a detox, so you can sweat and then exfoliate with a scrub. The spa pharmacy makes scrubs and wraps from plants and fruits on the island. There’s a labyrinth stone that’s an ancient ritual, too. That one’s for balance and to center yourself.
 
Who are some of the celebrities who visited the spa in Casa de Campo?
Kate Hudson, Kanye West, Johnny Damon, and Michelle Rodriguez.
 
We went to your Mobile Spa day at the Organic Avenue store on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Will there be another one soon?
Yes. The date hasn’t been set yet.
 
Tell me about what’s available at the store.
The Cygalle Organic Chamomile Makeup Remover can be purchased there. I’m into a holistic approach, and my products don’t have a lot of chemicals in them.
 
What are some of your favorite hangouts in New York?
I like Le Cirque. I also like Cipriani on the Upper East Side. And I like Nobu 57. And I love the Four Seasons lounge in the front of the hotel for afternoon tea and for meetings. I like Jean-Georges, too, in the Trump International Hotel & Tower. Au Bon Pain in the middle of the park is really fantastic on a nice day.
 
What’s next for you?
I’ve been talking to developers in New York and elsewhere. I’d like to open a spa this year. Casa de Campo took me four years to get it to the point where it is. It’s up to the Leading Hotels of the World standards now, which is very exciting.
 
 
Photo Courtesy of Richard C. Murray/RCM IMAGES, INC

Mark Baker on the Return of Times Square’s Liberty Theatre

This Friday, a list of top-of-the-line owner/promotion types are throwing a bash at the newly restored Liberty Theatre in Times Square. This Gangs of New York bash is a Halloween party with super star DJs Felix the Housecat, Behrouz, and Sneak entertaining what figures to be a massive turnout. I took a tour of the old theater and talked to Mark Baker and designer Ray Trosa about the space and its future use.

I asked Ray a few questions, which I will post in a couple of days, as my wonderful friend Mark Baker demands center stage and all the attention.There’s going to be some typos and names spelled wrong, as Mark was talking faster than a speeding bullet and we just couldn’t keep up. He’s very excited about this project and therefore so am I.

Steve Lewis: I’m sitting with Mark Baker at the Liberty Theater. It’s a really old Times Square theater now being renovated. I know I’m not going to get a word in edgewise, so I’m just going to ask Mark Baker pointblank: what the fuck are you doing here?

Mark Baker: Hey Steve, I love this. Every couple of years when I have to reinvent myself you and I get to have a chat and I’m always happy.

SL: You get to chat I get to listen.

MB: You get to listen, and I’m always happy that neither of us has a piece of glass in front of us and a monitor behind us. So, here we are, and once again the face of New York nightlife is undergoing an immense change. Over the years you and I have seen so many trends, whether it’s big clubs, small lounges, dance music… but what I think what’s fundamentally different this time around is that the big house DJs — the big Kascades, David Guetta’s etc — who used to just play for a big commercial crowd at big commercial venues, now have a following within the art and entertainment community. So, instead of going to a big club with big DJs where everyone has big muscles and gold chains, you have now a beautiful hip, world traveling crowd, from Bali to Burning Man to New York now, where these big DJs are playing venues. This summer, when I was trying to move on from Juliette and Greenhouse, and we were getting ready to open The Double Seven, which you know now has opened, and is quite spectacular, and quite unique in a sense that you can’t buy yourself a table at the Double Seven. Admittedly, we probably won’t be making as much money as some of the other venues. We’re not banging people on the head for bottles; it’s a more sophisticated crowd. It’s a little bit older, people are enjoying coming to the lounge, seeing good friends, and the crowd is amazing. Basically people can talk to each other and converse. In the middle of the summer I got a call from Ray Trosa, who said, ‘you have to come look at this place, it’s fantastic, it’s near Times Square.’ And I said, ‘yeah, sure… I’ve seen every space in this town.’ But Ray was pleasant but persistent, saying: “Dude, you really have to come see this space, it’s spectacular.’ I said, ‘How big is it?’ And he said ‘It’s really really big.’ So then, of course, I got flashbacks of Mansion and that whole scenario, which, you know, you and I discussed a long time ago. Right?

SL: Uh huh.

MB: So basically what happened is that I eventually got up here, and when I walked through the door, and I walked into the Liberty Theater, my knees buckled: holy fuck. Really, you can’t imagine seeing this place for the first time and what went through my head when I saw it. And what happened was that I was asked if I would come on board as the marketing director and the booking director of the Liberty. My past few years of almost exile, I will call it, to commercial club land, all of a suddenly came together and made sense with a combination of The Double Seven, as a home of my upscale, slightly older clients and friends, and this Liberty Theater event space, where we could do spectacular one-off events, similar to the stuff we used to do at Cipriani, except we just have a new home now. And this space just fits perfectly my return to fashion as opposed to being out there in commercial club land. SL: So you’re not going to be doing a weekly here or anything like that…

MB: Oh absolutely not.

SL: You’re just going to be doing events, high end events. And this coming Friday, you have a Gangs of New York party with a lot of high end owners, promoters and stuff like that. Tell me all about it.

SL: Since my generation of club-owning, from the Lotus days and all that, a lot of the owners have moved up and done hotels, but the new generation of club owners, you know, they’re great. They’re very business savvy, they definitely know how to make a dollar, that’s for sure. But I generally feel that New York nightlife has been segregated. Each club has its own clique, and the relationships between the club owners is not what it used to be when we were younger. When we were younger there was a bit more respect. Sure, it was competitive, but it was not as aggressive as it is now. Again, all respect to the owners for protecting their territory and getting their people in, but I got to tell ya, I think the general public…. well, the best events we’ve ever done is when all the owners get together to do something. When I saw the liberty, I saw an opportunity for that to happen. It’s a continuation of a lot of the clubs who are now booking these major DJs,but they’re completely overpacking the room. What’s going to happen is that you’re going to be able to have what I always dreamed of having at Mansion, which is a large venue, full of amazing people, listening to a big DJ. And that’s what’s happening. With the Liberty, what we’re going to be able to do is…. Look, I mean Provocateur did a big event with one of the Swedish house-master guys at Capital. That was a Provocateur event at a big venue. There was a huge line that was crossed, in terms of New York nightlife, which means that club owners with brands, are stepping outside of their venues, again, like we used to do years ago, but in this day they’re doing it with big DJs. The Liberty Theater couldn’t be in a better place at a better time with a better person driving it. I see and understand where it’s going.

SL: Now, I personally think this is because the dollar’s so weak, Euros are spending more time in New York. Especially at this time of year. By October, most Euros would have fled home as well as the South American’s But with a weak dollar we have so many of these types spending more time in town,in the past the music didnt matter as much to the homespun American crowd as most of them, couldnt tell the difference between the bad guy and the good guy. But now the crowds seem to know,they go educated as they got exposed to the worldclass circuit Dj’s .and the Europeans always knew and demanded better MB: Eurotrash, as we call it, has definitely been a driving forcein club-land, on and off.

SL: It’s driving retail, and I think it’s driving the clubs.

MB: I agree. Look, New York seems to be thriving right now… apparently there’s a world crisis going on but I don’t see it in our clubs or venues. But I think New York has always been about the mixture of uptown, downtown, straight, gay, east side, west side; you had all your elements under one roof. I think a lot of the clubs now really are quite segregated…

SL: specialized.

MB: Okay, specialized, we’ll call it. But I think that once in a while, to have the opportunity to put everyone together…and I know that I wouldn’t have been able to do this eight months or a year ago, the names that I’ve put together for this event…

SL: Let’s hear some of those names

MB: Ronnie Madra, Richie Akiva (Mark rattled off 20 names too fast too catch)… All the guys from 1OAK and Darby, you have Remy , Eric and all those guys form Bagatelle, you have Unik, Kiki, Dimitri from Low Key productions, Alon Jibli, Mark Bau, Ruben and Noel from Rogue Nights…

SL: On and on and on…

MB: What we’ve done is put together these support groups; the hottest, hippest, sexiest people in New York on our support committee, and look… everybody is just hearing about this Gangs party, it’s going to be amazing. They all love the thought of us coming together, and we love that for one night, people get to be number one, in dress, for the best party, and New Yorkers love Halloween.

SL: You’re not just a promoter, you’re also a producer. Let’s talk about the production of the events.

MB: It’s huge. There’s twenty thousand square feet here so that’s got to be decorated, got to be filled, even though we obviously have a great shell. We have a hundred and twenty people on the night, performing, acting, jugging, being a part of the show. You won’t even know who’s part of our production team and who’s in costume. I can promise you something spectacular. Felix the House Cat is playing, Behrouz is playing, DJ Sneak is playing… there’s another sexy little element that’s going to be a party within a party which I won’t tell you about, you’re just going to have to discover it when you get here.

SL: So how do you get tickets? How do you get invited?

MB: By invitation only, to call one of your Gang Leader Representatives on our invite.

Sneak Peek at Cipriani’s First Hotel in Beverly Hills

The last time I was in Beverly Hills, I was eating dinner on an outdoor patio when a street kid/beggar/actor came up and asked if I could help him out with some food. I had a basket of bread I was not going to eat, so I offered it to him. The bastard actually declined—turns out he was eyeing my pasta—then went along in his Armani jacket. I don’t blame him. There are great restaurants, many with outdoor spaces, in Beverly Hills (the city launched an annual food and wine festival last fall) and if I were a searching for scraps, I’d start there. The city’s culinary scene will get even better when Cipriani opens this spring in its very own branded hotel: Mr. C.

The hotel is still so new that they haven’t decided whether to name the signature restaurant the traditional “Cipriani” or give it a modern upgrade to “Mr. C,” but you can bet they’ll serve their classic dishes. The hotel itself will have 138 rooms with private balconies, an outdoor pool, and a top deck with panoramic views. Mr. C was conceptualized and designed by Ignazio Cipriani and Marcello Pozzi (an LA-based contemporary artist), and room rates will start at $429. There will also be five multi-level, residential-sized bungalows averaging 3,000-square feet, each with a private garden, kitchen, plunge pool, and views of Beverly Hills. Mr. C is a fitting addition to Beverly Hills. I’m sure the street kid who dissed me is completely stoked about it.

Nightlife To-Do List: This Week’s Events

Fashion Week is over, and with it, loads and loads of free booze. There are, however, a multitude of events on the agenda this week, some offering the promise of free and/or cheap drinks, some offering a fairly expensive brand of cool, and some offering reasons enough to try sneaking past the door without an invite: just like fashion week. While you’ll probably still be clamoring to get into Don Hill’s and the other venues that seemed destined for greatness this past week, these special events are worth crashing, dropping cash on, dropping by, or otherwise taking advantage of. And while you may not be able to see Courtney Love perform anytime soon, there are some insane shows scheduled for the music-lovers amongst us.

Monday Parties to Crash ● Barenjager Bartender Competition at Macao Trading Co. Skilled tenders compete from 7:00 to 10:00pm in the First Annual National “Fight for Your Honey” Barenjager Bartender Competition. The grand prize for these liquor slingers: a trip to the 2010 Oktoberfest in Germany. ● Swarovski Elements presents 22 Ways to Say Black at Phillips de Pury & Company from 7:00 to 10pm. Aside from the auction of 22 designer dresses for charity, peeping Carla Bruni would be reason enough to crash. ● It’s game night at Soho House! Play Candy Land, Yachtzee, and Jenga with other civilized folk at the members-only den. Ticketed Events ● Ne-Yo performs at Amnesia with DJ Bobby Trends. Admission is $30 ● NY Ministry of Rum Festival is happening from 5:30 to 9:00pm at Papilion Bistro. Drink and talk shop with other rum aficionados for $50. ● Alta Cucina hosts The Summer Kitchen, Panini and Gelato class. Date night alert—learn how to make authentic gelato, panini, and pizza at the Alta Cucina Epicurean Center. Parties for the People ● Sleigh Bells play Webster Hall at 8pm for a mere $8. You’d be crazy to miss this band for this price. ● Catch the Klaxons at Bowery Ballroom at 8pm for $20. ● The East Village’s White Noise is one of those awesome bars that closes its doors at 2am, but if you’re already safely inside, you can party all night (well, until 4am), which carries the connotation that anything goes. Pierre Stone and Ben Brunnemer DJ the Monday night “Fever” party: “that ol rock and roll and good people, no disco shit.” ● One of our all time favorites, Franco V, DJs along with Eli Dias at the Mondays @ Kenmare party.

Tuesday Parties to Crash ● Super-excited for the first US Scotch & Soda store opening in Soho at 274 Lafayette Street (and Prince). There will be complimentary beer, wine, and specialty cocktails by h.wood.tea, and music by Chairlift. Again, invite only, but at least take a stroll by. ● The Train & The Box New York celebrate their Spring/Summer 2011 collection with an after party with Paper Magazine at Avenue from 9:30 to 11:30pm with faves Matt&Maia DJing. ● Gansevoort Park Avenue hosts their official Opening Celebration party with The One Group, Michael Achenbaum of the Gansevoort Hotel Group, Jason Binn of Gotham magazine, and Steve Birkhold. ● Fulfill your dream of crashing a Martha Stewart party tonight in the jungle of the New York Botanical Garden at the reasonable hour of 5:30pm. Join Martha Stewart for an evening of mixology, and enjoy a champagne cocktail and herbal appetizers. At 7pm Martha will also share her secrets for growing and using herbs in delicious end-of-summer cocktails. Divine! Ticketed Events ● Showtime has their own rooftop, and for $25 you can enjoy unlimited cocktails from 6 to 8pm at Cassa Hotel and Residences. This will be the last hosted rooftop event by Showtime Original Series, so expect to rub shoulders with Showtime’s nearest and dearest. Parties for the People ● Disco Down is still happening at Happy Ending, and it’s still free booze from 11 to 12pm, and still no one is going? No, people are going. Michael T emailed My Open Bar to personally say that Disco Down is not dead: it’s been well and fine, and on the main floor of Happy Ending. ● Glasslands Gallery‘s weekly Black Majik Tuesday is pretty hip with the kids, thanks to badass local DJs and great bookers. Free vodka from 8 to 9pm on Tuesday nights helps with the hipness. ● Ra Ra Riot play Bowery Ballroom at 8pm for $20 admission. You should catch them now before their ticket price inevitably goes up, i.e.: the kids are talented. ● Pavement, yes that Pavement, hits Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield at 7pm for $38.50. As part of their reunion tour, they’ll be playing this spot all week.

Wednesday Parties to CrashBlue Ribbon hosts a bash in honor of their new partnership with Renaissance Hotels at the Renaissance Hotel Times Square. Taste the new “Classics Menu” from 6:30 to 8pm. Invite only, so crash with caution. ● IMPROVD opens their shop-in-shop installation with a cocktail party at Atrium from 7 to 9pm. Parties for the People ● Your new favorite band, AKA the Crocodiles, play Mercury Lounge at 7:30pm for $15. ● Bobo throws themselves a birthday bash complete with half-price cocktails and finger-foods from 7:30 to 12:00am.

Thursday Parties to Crash I dont know of any. Do you? Then comment below. Ticketed Events I dont know of any. Do you? Then comment below. Parties for the People ● Rock out to Simian Mobile Disco at Santos’ Party House. $10 is a steal for a sweaty good time of this caliber. Doors at 10pm. ● Gallery Bar rocks at their Mating Season Extreme party (whatever that means) with two floors of insanely awesome music: Dances With White Girls, DJ Messkid, and Jane Bang. Big draw: from 10 to 11pm, you can slam $1 tequila shots and $2 drafts. Then there’s a 2am open vodka bar. $3 cover, and snaps by The Culture of Me. ● If you missed Sleigh Bells earlier this week (for shame), you can see them open for LCD Soundsystem at the Wellmont Theater. It’s 35 clams and doors are at 7pm.

1Oak Lawsuit Threatens to Change the Bottle Service Industry

“If you want to make enemies, try to change something.” -Woodrow Wilson This quote has proven to be true with both our current leader Barack Obama and cocktail waitress/model Tarale Wulff. A lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court against 1Oak will create a ripple effect in clubland and possibly redefine the bottle era. Tips and how they are distributed are at the core of the case and just about everyone who sells booze by the bottle will be effected. I have had conversations with the 1Oak crew, as well as Tarale’s lawyer, and it is clear as mud what will happen next.

When a patron buys a bottle of vodka at a hotspot, there is an automatic 20-percent gratuity attached. This 20 percent usually goes into a pool that the waitress crew divide up, but not before chunks of money are extracted. Various support members (including busboys, bartenders and hosts) take money from this tip pool. Every club I know operates in this manner. Tarale Wulff’s attorney, Brian Schaffer, told me “everybody can be wrong.” These people, according to Mr. Schaffer, are entitled to their fair share, but he believes the law is clear that a maître’ d, sommelier and assistant manager or door person is not allowed to partake in the tip pool. In this case the objection is that 1Oak doorman Binn Jakupi has shared in the tip pool as a policy of the club. Binn won’t be alone in this case, as doorman throughout the city are often included within these same policies. This case will define roles in the new bottle service era. Like many regulations, the laws about hospitality service may become obsolete as times change. A court will decide whether the unique role of the doorperson entitles him to a part of the gratuity. This case will determine whether or not the bottle service industry will look like a very different playing field than the one we see with the current active policies. Schaffer points out that class-action lawsuits such as this against Nobu and Sparks Steakhouse have resulted in multi-million dollar wins for the service employees.

This particular lawsuit will be looked at on a case-by-case basis. One of the basic points that supports Tarale’s case is whether the customer believes the tip is going to the waitress, or believes the tip is to be shared by others including the doorman. Mr. Schaffer points to studies that say it’s possible that up to 75% of restaurants in this town are in violation of some kind of labor law.

I believe that the doorman is an integral part of the bottle service process. When a random customer shows up at a joint, he and his crew are told they must buy a table. Doormen and promoters are most often the actual salespeople when it comes to bottles. They bring the majority of big spenders to the club, and the booze is just part of what the clients get for their loot.

The heavy lifting, in my opinion, is done at the door when the doorperson sells the table. When an agreement to buy is reached, a hostess takes the credit card and ID directly from the doorperson, who has already secured it during their transaction prior to the patron’s entry. The hostess escorts the patron to the maitre’d stand, where a table is assigned. Usually a disclaimer protecting the club from charge-backs is signed. She then delivers the patron to the waitress with the deal and credit card/ID. The waitress, in most cases, is merely a model dropping the bottles and running the credit check. She will flirt, smile and ask if they need anything else while support staff deliver OJ, cranberry juice, glassware, stirrers and the basic setup to the table. Her primary function from this point on is to try to sell additional bottles to the patron, or up-sell them from an expensive bottle of vodka to a really expensive bottle of vodka. At most clubs, waitresses are required to bring in their own tables. According to my inside sources, 1Oak does not require their staff to do so.

To me, the job of the bartender who releases and tracks the bottle from inventory and the waitress are the least important part of the process (except for the flirt and smile part). 1Oak says they have regular staff meetings where staff is encouraged to discuss changes to the system. Tarale’s lawyer rebuts that assertion, saying the staff rarely speaks up because they feel they will be viewed as troublemakers and fired for their complaints. He points out that waitresses in places like 1Oak and other high-end establishments can make anywhere from $75,000 to a $125,000 a year. The 1Oak staffer I spoke with, my inside source, says that she is “part of a team” and that “Binn is the quarterback of that team.”

Tarale Wulff was terminated by 1Oak a week before the lawsuit was filed. It is alleged that “she broke protocol” when she ran a customer’s credit card which was declined and also accepted his I.D., which was expired. This customer rang up $17,000 worth of booze and was allowed to leave without management getting involvement. She claims a manager was informed. Her boyfriend is still employed by the club, and she came by Thursday before the lawsuit was filed to pick him up. A 1Oak source told me she has “maintained her job at Cipriani’s and is texting customers she met while employed at 1Oak to go there instead.”

Schaffer says his client is not vindictive. He told me she is doing this to make things right for everyone. Since this is a class action suit, she figures she will not be making that much money, and employees that have been there longer than her will be the ones to benefit. He says they are in clear violation of New York law, and Tarale is doing this for all the right reasons. I pointed out to him that I can’t imagine another club feeling comfortable hiring a litigious employee, but then she does still work at Cipriani.

The papers I read said that the class action suit would include about 50 other employees. I asked whether he had lined up all of the people involved in this suit. He admitted that as the suit progressed, more people would get on board, but at this time they had one other person ready to join. I’m sure that attorneys all over town are being asked to weigh in as individual clubs are facing a crisis. Management meetings will be held in haste and policies reviewed. It all seems sad, as bottle service has been the golden egg-laying goose for so many.

I think that things will change drastically. At its core, bottle service is not about the booze but about the real estate — the entry to the hot spot and proximity to the action. I believe the clubs will find a way to rent the table — the real estate — for a fee that is not linked to the actual bottle. A tip or incentive wage for the doorman and maybe even promoters will become a common fee. The bottles will be separately billed, with tips divided amongst the service crew. This or something similar this will occur whether Tarale Wulff’s lawsuit is won months or years from now.

I must point out for everyone who reads this article and column that I wear two hats. I write here for BlackBook and I am also a principal of Lewis and Dizon, a hospitality design firm currently designing a space for the principals of 1Oak and 10 other places where owners will be similarly affected by this suit. I also know and am friends with a lot of waitresses. I believe I have reported this story without prejudice but am open to any and all analysis of that statement.

Where Celebs Go Out: Hugh Jackman, Parker Posey, Reshma Shetty

At the premiere of City Island:

● ANDY GARCIA – “In New York there are so many great restaurants. There’s an old one I’ve gone here for many years that I like to visit, just out of nostalgia. It’s a very good restaurant. It’s called Il Vagabondo. It has a bocce court in it. It’s just a very picturesque place; very, good food. Cipriani’s. There’s a new one called Nino’s. Scalinatella — a lot of Italian restaurants, you can tell. I always pop my head into Victor’s Cafe. And then, I’ve got to have a Gray’s Papaya hot dog here.” Any plans to visit Cuba? “Oh, I dream about visiting Cuba every day. But some people have to leave there first.” ● HUGH JACKMAN – “I’m a real junkie for Jean-Georges Vongerichten. I love his cooking. I just went to his place up in The Mark, and I was lucky enough to go to his new restaurant down at ABC Carpet and Home — all organic, every ingredient’s within an 100-mile radius. The food is just unbelievable there, so … Any special dish? Chicken. He told me his secret: brine. You got to brine your chicken.” ● VERA WANG –“I like Morimoto, and I like Bar Masa, and I love the new Mark Hotel, and Sant Ambroeus, uptown and downtown, Mr. Chow’s. I go out to eat a lot — you can tell.”

● SANDRA BERNHARD – “I love Cookshop, which is downtown. I love BLT Fish, one of my favorite restaurants. Babbo. Of course, I love 2nd Avenue Deli. I’m very into trying to eat locally, sustainably grown food. I’m doing more and more cooking at home because of my daughter. And I’ve always eaten very balanced and healthy, but, to me, it’s about really preserving the environment, as well.” ● ZOE KRAVITZ –Five Leaves in Brooklyn, in Greenpoint. Delicious.” ● PARKER POSEY – “I’m trying to give a good recommendation for something. Mary’s Fish Camp.” ● DOMINIK GARCIA-LORIDO – “Oh, wow! I’m, like, so not a club person anymore. I’m pretty much a homebody. I live in L.A., so … I like more dive bars and chill spots where you can hear good music. I don’t like really sceney places. I don’t like where you have to dress up. I’m more, have a beer and chill; watch a game. I have to give a shout-out to the guy I work for, as a waitress. I still work there. It’s a lounge in Studio City, California, called Next Door Tapas. It’s attached to an Italian restaurant, La Loggia. It’s a really chill, tapas bar in the Valley. It’s got good drinks and good food.” ● STEVEN STRAIT –The Smile on Bond Street — really, really cool place; a little coffee shop that’s got great food, great coffee; really relaxed, cool place. I grew up here, but I don’t live here anymore. I love staying at the Chelsea Hotel. It’s got so much character; really, amazing history; inspiring place. It’s really kept to its roots. The city’s expanded around it. It’s really held firm. I appreciate that.” ● RESHMA SHETTY – “My favorite restaurant, at the moment, is Jack’s Luxury Oyster Bar. I love that place. Bar-wise, the Russian Vodka Room does a mean apple martini. And they have a fabulous happy hour: $5, 4-6.” ● GRAHAM PHILLIPS – “One thing that’s been fun is that I’ve noticed is that all the best pizzerias are in Brooklyn, and I used to never really go to Brooklyn, but now that the show [The Good Wife] films in Brooklyn, I’ve been going to all these pizzerias. I have a list on my phone. Someone sent it to me. I’ve just been trying to check ’em all off my list. Joe’s Pizza, Bleecker and Carmine, unbelievable! Di Fara, Brooklyn, Avenue J — I tried that. That was unbelievable! I also tried Grimaldi’s. And they were all unbelievable. They’re all in the same genre of this authentic New York pizza, but they all have their little twist to it.”