NYC: All the Week’s Parties, Monday’s Offerings

Sigh. Will life ever be the same without Lost? All I can say is: Thank god Jack it didn’t end in the dead of winter, New York’s barren days of no other suitable distractions. With Spring comes a veritable shift in nightlife. Not only are rooftops reopening and patios getting their shine on, people start venturing out into nightlife’s brave new world. For those feeling inspired to jumpstart their social life, there are plenty of new offerings vying to be the jumper cables and a reckless jump into the Monday night party scene is a great way to feel out the buzz of summer while everyone waits for the barrage of summer openings and the usual Hampton circle-jerks. Here, some food and drinks news bites and options for a Monday night party

MONDAY Lowdown: Monday night is for getting rid of your Sunday hangover, or for dragging it on for a few more days.

Hot Now:Stanton Social (Lower East Side) – Yes, still a great place to have a fun bite/Monday night drinks. ● Butter (Noho) – Not only is this a truly great place to get sloshed on Mondays but, as my rich older male pals say: I keep getting older and they just stay the same age. ● Black & White (Greenwich Village) – Restaurant becomes cramped, sexy, and very cozy after ten. ● Johnny Utah’s (Midtown West) Not everyone’s forte, but vampires, kids who say “fuck the PATH,” underage pretty chicks and people in the know ask: ‘who is forte?’ It’s still industry night here. Other Things to Try:Macao Trading Co. Drunken Dragon Festival: Sounds as fictitious as those “How Do You Celebrate” commercials for Las Vegas and the explanation of the event sounds even better. Macao Trading Co. celebrates a Monk who saved the Macanese People from a Drunken Dragon. The mythical event features a performance by the dance team, DANGERKAT interpretively slaying of the Drunken Dragon. The only important piece of information needed is the fact that there is an open bar from 8-10PM and—oh right—early 1900’s colonial or Chinese costumes required. Good luck with that. RSVP to: info@macaonyc.com. ● If you’re the type who likes to pair their local food with movies about their local food, might I suggest Hungry Filmmakers III, an eating/viewing event at the Anthology Film Archives that pairs excerpts from food-conscious documentaries like Lunch Line and Vanishing of the Bees with local snacks and Lagunitas beer. ● They say the economy is in recovery, but you’re boozing is not. Enter “Laid Off Mondays” at the Delancey, where the bartender will do more than sympathize with you’re lack of income, he’ll give you a free tequila shot if you can prove you are unemployed. ● If you think your place is a hole, you should check out Housing Works Bookstore Cafe tonight. Not that it will be messy, but Melissa Auf Der Maur will be there, screening the film portion of her multi-media project Out of Our Minds. The film is directed by Tony Stone and the book portion will be displayed while Melissa plays a set from the other part of the project.

NYC: All the Week’s Parties, Eggnog Edition

Wednesday night, André Balazs accepted a small green KidRobot monster. There’s nothing quite like an awards ceremony to inject a little energy into nightlife, and the gracious Balazs excitedly accepting on behalf of his Standard Hotel promised energy is on the upswing. Just being in the same room as nightlifers like Six Six Sick and Harley & Cassie invigorated my addiction to the night, and I’m not the only one.

Perhaps it’s because people want their noms next year, but suddenly there is so much to do. The trees are getting trimmed and the eggnog is flowing freely with a number of places to partake in the merry-making. CV makes a splash with Diddy and Jay-Z paying it an Empire State visit and vies for a place on the Thursday-night party scene, with Amanda Leigh Dunn playing hostess to a downtown crew. Maialino gives you just one more reason to pop into the Gramercy Park Hotel. Suddenly we’re reminded how great the drinks taste at Macao and Apothéke. With wintery hideaways, new restaurant openings, and new faith in old parties, the holiday season is beginning to look a lot like New York Nightlife.

SUNDAY

Lowdown: There’s nothing like extending your weekend during the holidays. In fact, the holidays are one big weekend, starting with a nice cozy brunch, and easing into football or other day drinking opportunities. Which explains why Sundays are so very important. Hot Now:GoldBar (Nolita) – If gold is on your Christmas wishlist, indulge in the cozy gilded music hub. ● Sway (Sway) – Moroccan themed bar + holidays + booze + sketchy people = Sunday mental vacation. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – The Van Dam party isn’t by Jean Claude, but it’s still just as ass-kicking. ● White Slab Palace (Lower East Side) – Suddenly a staple! Worth a Look: ● Brooklyn Yard (Williamsburg) – Sunday Best in your Sunday’s Best! ● Charles (West Village) – Cozy charmer is quite possibly even more charming in the light of day. French toast, ricotta pancakes, eggs in the hole, and the lobster BLT balance custom cocktails that make you feel pretty darn good about drinking. Again.

MONDAY

Lowdown: Monday night means the beginning of your drinking week, the nearing end of your fantasy football league, and the drowning of sorrows and celebrating of victories. Here’s how we do it. Hot Now:Stanton Social (Lower East Side) – Yes, still a great place to have a fun bite/Monday night drinks. ● Butter (Noho) – Not only is this a truly great place to get sloshed on Mondays, I am now excited to admit it. There’s a cool, younger crowd that’s mixing in on Mondays and adding a bit of an edge to the festivities. Worth a Look:Black & White (Greenwich Village) – Restaurant becomes cramped, sexy, and very cozy during the holidays after ten. ● Warren 77(Tribeca) – Just right for football fans with a bit more flair. ● Johnny Utah’s (Midtown West) Those huge TVs! It’s like a co-ed college party for industry folks (and half of them are not watching football). ● Diesel Presents Danny Clark’s Monday Nights at The Ainsworth. It’s hosted every Monday Night by Giants Linebacker Danny Clark, and admission to the football party includes cocktails, beer, and food. All proceeds are 100% tax deductible and support the Danny Clark Foundation. Meh.Antik (Greenwich Village) – Okay, so Le Royale’s former party isn’t actually in Antik, it’s in the basement of Antik. We swung into the small, rock ‘n’ roll space it was small enough to feel really full, even on a slow night. Naturally, it heats up on the late side, after Monday Night Football has dissolved. Go to make friends.

TUESDAY

Lowdown: Gramercy has sharpened its edge, with a little help from Nur and a new resto. Hot Now:Rose Bar (Gramercy) – This really has a lot to do with Nur Khan, and now the music enthusiast is upping his game with Nur Kahn’s Rose Bar Sessions, featuring a band every Tuesday night. But they are secret shows. So shh. ● Maialino (Gramercy) – Now you can eat, stay, and party the whole way through the GPH. ● Avenue (Chelsea) – People were astounded to find this place under our Tuesday heading: “Duh, the hot nights are Monday and Wednesday, obvi.” Those people are right, but those people have never known the true Bea. And really, Avenue is good every night — right? ● 1Oak (Chelsea) – Right around the corner, the one-of-a-kind kids get the spillage of displaced hipster kids, who can’t decide between one gilded lounge or the other. Again, people agreed to disagree — and with a name like “Tight Jean Tuesday,” we know Jay-Z’s knots don’t fit. Others to try: Superdive(East Village) – Dear Santa: I would like kegs of champagne for Christmas, wheeled out to me by elves. Thanks. ● Simyone (Meatpacking District) – Might be able to add another notch on its belt; Tuesdays are hot at SL. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – Green is for garland and mistletoe! And Vodka!

WEDNESDAY

Lowdown: Hump day may prove to be a weekday favorite for the holiday season. Hot Now:Le Cubain (Lower East Side) – Great spot for pre-drinks and cheap eat with babes with bangs in boots and vintage fur coats. Maybe even make it downstairs for a Chloe revival — so cozy for the winter season. ● 1Oak (Chelsea) – This is still 1Oak’s undisputed hot night. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – This one is in the basement, kids. Well, it’s in the whole of Greenhouse, but it’s better down below. ● Avenue (Chelsea) – Again, Avenue. But this is a raging night for the kids on the Ave. ● SL (Meatpacking District) – Tonight is the night for this Aalex Julian-guarded door. Worth a Look:Southside (Nolita) – Tutti, Franco, and Brion run the DJ booth. If you think you know, you have no idea. ● Eldridge (Lower East Side) – Rock and roll, yes. ● Von (Noho) – Party in the basement is “pretty packed and a lot of fun” for the Noho set after 10pm. ● Coffee Shop (Union Square) – One of the true day clubs, chocked full of promoters networking via text message; the basement named USL will be making random appearances throughout the week.

THURSDAY

Lowdown: This is Manhattanites’ Friday night, which could explain why Butter is moving their dancey Friday party — Whipped — to Thursdays come 2010. Dancing, dinner, glitz, and even some glam, without the B&T jam. Hot Now:CV (Lower East Side) – Something has finally been done with the oversaturated spot formerly known as 105 Rivington. Hopefully Amanda Leigh will continue with the feel good vibes and attract a good, loyal crowd. ● BEast (Chinatown) – Main Man, Ryan McGinley’s night of debauchery, is still in swing. Expect a Misshape or two, Sophia Lamar, and a band of insiders. ● subMercer(Soho) – You may have forgotten about this celeb-laden underground, but she’s back. Worth a Look: Avenue, Boom Boom Room and 1Oak are still a great standby for good times, while the down belows — USL (down below Coffee Shop) and Macao’s basement opium den are also a great place to begin your holiday descent. Coming Up:Butter (Noho) – Friday-night party Whipped is so fresh, most can’t believe it’s Butter. Resident hipster DJs Matt & Maia draw out big name fashion folks like Alexander Wang and the Ronsons.

FRIDAY

Lowdown: It used to be a day of rest for jaded New Yorkers, but since we’ve stopped bleeding moola, Friday’s a great day to cut loose. Civetta bit the dust for a bit, as we look to Santos’ Party House to bring it with their OPEN party. Hot Now:Boom Boom Room (Meatpacking District) – You probably won’t make it in like the rest of the plebeians (us included), but if you could, this would be the night to go. ● The Standard Grill (Meatpacking District) – What’s that, didn’t make it in to Boom? Luckily, the Grill is jumping with everyone else who tried their luck and are now eating duck (or crow); even the most beautiful, classy folks gather here, so it’s a hotspot nonetheless. Worth a Look:Home Sweet Home (Lower East Side) – Jonathan Toubin brings the fairly popular New York Night Train to this little living room on Friday nights. ● Santos’ Party House (Chinatown) – A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip. Upstairs. Funk.

SATURDAY

Lowdown: Whether you are above or below 14th Street, you should probably be planning on going out somewhere near to or below 14th Street. Hot Now:Boom Boom Room (Meatpacking District) – Again, try your luck. ● Lit Lounge (East Village) – Saturday night is grimy and fun! ● Bowery Hotel (East Village) – Simonez throws ragers here, spanning Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Worth a Look: Bagatelle (Meatpacking District) – Bagatelle’s scene gets an early start with their Rock and Roll Brunch.

Other Parties to Keep the Holidays Rolling: With Cafe Gitane in the Jane Hotel, the café with a devoted following in Nolita has taken root. And even better news? The Jane will be reopening the dancefloor to a bevvy of dance eccentrics and poseurs. If you are entertaining some out-of-towners on the weekends, Friday and Saturday nights at Highbar offers a nice (warm) view of the city. Fully heated and enclosed by glass windows — you don’t have to worry about the weather. Kittichai at 60 Thompson has just introduced three- and four-course prix fixe modern Thai menus for reasonably priced holiday meals. These are set menus served family style and available for 6 to 35 guests. A loophole to avoid Aunt Mildred’s meat pie!

NYC: All the Week’s Parties, Basement Edition

An unassuming tourist type at an unassuming football bar tells me this: “New York restaurants are crazy! There’s a club in every basement!” I nod my head. He means RdV, the bass-thumping club below Bagatelle. “No,” says the unassuming tourist, “We were in some East Village pizza restaurant or something!” Jesus, it can be tough keeping up with the NYC Jones. There seems to be tons of hidden gems that try to stay away from the people like me who can write about them, Twitter about them, Facebook about them, and ultimately ruin them. Some things are worth keeping a secret, but when the party is in the basement of Coffee Shop or some media lunch spot that regularly gets off on decent press, it’s easy to broadcast. Some other things will remain a mystery, until I can fully understand if it’s an actual basement party or simply a couple of bus boys getting high between shifts.

SUNDAY

Lowdown: It’s been a while since the playing field has leveled, but it seems as though there are some new sketchy Sundays in our future. Hot Now:GoldBar (Nolita) – Some say this is as good as Sundays could get. ● Sway (Sway) – Moroccan-themed rocker. Share in the angst with La Lohan on Sunday-night Morrissey fests. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – Though it may have a troubled door, Green’s Sunday night has been thriving. Worth a Look:White Slab Palace (Lower East Side) – A pretty awesome Sunday-nighter, taking the back door while we all were watching the front for their awesome Friday-night party to return. Sunday is one to stumble into; don’t expect boldfaced names like on Fridays.

MONDAY

Lowdown: The Monday party is a Manhattan mainstay, but let’s not forget about Monday Night Football; we did, and accidentally found ourselves having an awesome time at sporty spaces. Hot Now:Antik (Greenwich Village) – Okay, so Le Royale’s former party isn’t actually in Antik, it’s in the basement of Antik. We swung into the small, rock ‘n’ roll space it was small enough to feel really full, even on a slow night. Naturally, it heats up on the late side, after Monday Night Football has dissolved. Go to make friends. ● Stanton Social (Lower East Side) – Yes, still a great place to have a fun bite/Monday night drinks. ● Butter (Noho) – Monday night was packed again, though curiously the party is getting to be a bit more hipster. Worth a Look:Black & White (Greenwich Village) – Restaurant becomes cramped, sexy, sweaty hotspot after ten. ● Warren 77(Tribeca) – Just right for football fans with a bit more flair. ● Johnny Utah’s (Midtown West) Those huge TVs! It’s like a co-ed college party for industry folks (and half of them are not watching football). ● Diesel Presents Danny Clark’s Monday Nights at The Ainsworth. It’s hosted every Monday Night by Giants Linebacker Danny Clark, and admission to the football party includes cocktails, beer, and food. All proceeds are 100% tax deductible and support the Danny Clark Foundation.

TUESDAY

Lowdown: Tuesday clubs and bars vie to be the next hip or hipster watering hole, as real hipsters finally venture out to the fancy clubs they previously ignored. How ironic. Hot Now:Rose Bar (Gramercy) – This really has a lot to do with Nur Khan, and now the music enthusiast is upping his game with Nur Kahn’s Rose Bar Sessions, featuring a band every Tuesday night. Last Tuesday it was Elefant. And it was awesome. ● Avenue (Chelsea) – Backlash! People were astounded to find this place under our Tuesday heading: “Duh, the hot nights are Monday and Wednesday, obvi.” Those people are right, but those people have never known the true Bea. ● 1Oak (Chelsea) – Right around the corner, the one-of-a-kind kids get the spillage of displaced hipster kids, who can’t decide between one gilded lounge or the other. Again, people agreed to disagree — and with a name like “Tight Jean Tuesday,” we know Jay-Z’s knots don’t fit. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – And for the non-hipsters and everyone in between, go green. Others to try: Superdive(East Village) – Champagne Tuesdays at this place is kind of like that weird dream you had once about falling into a parallel world where people tapped Champagne bottles in lieu of kegs. Dreams do come true. ● Simyone (Meatpacking District) – Might be able to add another notch on its belt; Tuesdays are hot at SL.

WEDNESDAY

Lowdown: Hump day may prove to be a weekday favorite for the holiday season. RdV packed them in last night, Coffee Shop (???) and Norwood had a resurgence. Hot Now:Le Cubain (Lower East Side) – Great spot for pre-drinks and cheap eat with babes with bangs in boots and vintage fur coats. Maybe even make it downstairs for a Chloe revival. ● 1Oak (Chelsea) – This is still 1Oak’s undisputed hot night. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – This one is in the basement, kids. ● Avenue (Chelsea) – Chelsea is hot on Thursday nights, thanks to Avenue. ● Simyone (Meatpacking District) – Tonight is the night for this Aalex Julian-guarded door. Worth a Look:Eldridge (Lower East Side) – Rock and roll, yes. ● Von (Noho) – Party in the basement is “pretty packed and a lot of fun” for the Noho set after 10pm. ● Coffee Shop (Union Square) – One of the true day clubs, chocked full of promoters networking via text message, the basement was taken over by Prince Peter. The basement? I didn’t even know that they had a basement …

THURSDAY

Lowdown: This is Manhattanites’ Friday night. Dancing, dinner, glitz, and even some glam, without the B&T jam. Hot Now:BEast (Chinatown) – Ryan McGinley’s night of debauchery is still in swing. Expect a Misshape or two, Sophia Lamar, and a band of insiders. ● subMercer(Soho) – You may have forgotten about this celeb-laden underground, but she’s back. ● Above Allen (Lower East Side) – The view looks really good on Thursdays at this lounge with a view. Apparently a good place for drinks before you actually go out. Worth a Look:Baddies (West Village) – Collette and a slew of good-looking guys and gals make this space a great after-dinner dance spot. ● Hotel on Rivington (Lower East Side)- At the penthouse, Madonna’s main squeeze is DJing. Again. Go bask in his good looks. ● 1Oak (Chelsea) – DJ Tati brings a Brazilian flavor to Thursday. Events: Or should we say “the event of the century”? Diddy celebrates his 40th at The Plaza.

FRIDAY

Lowdown: It used to be a day of rest for jaded New Yorkers, but since we’ve stopped bleeding moola, Friday’s a great day to cut loose. Hot Now:Butter (Noho) – Friday night party Whipped is so fresh, most can’t believe it’s Butter. Resident hipster DJs Matt & Maia draw out big name fashion folks like Alexander Wang and the Ronsons. ● Boom Boom Room (Meatpacking District) – You probably won’t make it in like the rest of the plebeians (us included), but if you could, this would be the night to go. ● The Standard Grill (Meatpacking District) – What’s that, didn’t make it in to Boom? Luckily, the Grill is jumping with everyone else who tried their luck and are now eating duck (or crow); even the most beautiful, classy folks gather here, so it’s a hotspot nonetheless. Worth a Look:Civetta (Nolita) – Finally, a fun late-night spot to hit in this nabe? Steve Lewis says it’s true. ● Home Sweet Home (Lower East Side) – Jonathan Toubin brings the fairly popular New York Night Train to this little living room on Friday nights.

SATURDAY

Lowdown: Whether you are above or below 14th Street, you should probably be planning on going out somewhere near to or below 14th Street. Hot Now:Boom Boom Room (Meatpacking District) – Again, try your luck. ● Lit Lounge (East Village) – Saturday night is grimy and fun! ● Bowery Hotel (East Village) – Simonez throws ragers here, spanning Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Worth a Look: Bagatelle (Meatpacking District) – Bagatelle’s scene gets an early start with their Rock and Roll Brunch.

NYC: All the Week’s Parties

As the holidays near, it’s fun to roll the dice on what former hotspot will have a revival, or what invitees may finally get a glimpse of the most exclusive space by way of special event invitation. This week alone the The Bowery Hotel had a major resurgence, proving it’s a party player by hosting the annual Humane Society’s Cool vs. Cruel benefit, back-to-back with tonight’s Art Rocks! event. Same with the six-thousand-foot “local hang'” — The Ainsworth — which was ground zero for Stylecaster’s Short Films Premiere Party. Sienna and Savannah Miller hosted a dinner to celebrate their spring 2010 collection at the Royalton (not exactly the downtown scene we’d imagined for them). Party palaces also revive with extreme makeovers’ the closed 105 Rivington space — a splinter off of the Rivington Hotel — is getting a redux. It will be called CV, and it had a little show-and-tell this past Tuesday. All in all, the holiday times bring a little nightlife cheer in the form of new beginnings at old places, reminding people how awesome some of our nighttime landmarks can be.

SUNDAY

Lowdown: It’s been a while since the playing field has leveled, but it seems as though there are some new sketchy Sundays in our future. Hot Now:GoldBar (Nolita) – Some say this is as good as Sundays could get, but they got even better last weekend when they celebrated their big two-year anniversary with DJ Jesse Marco, Mark Ronson, Danny Masterson, and the like. ● Sway (Sway) – Moroccan-themed rocker. Share in the angst with La Lohan on Sunday-night Morrissey fests. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – Though it may have a troubled door, Green’s Sunday night has been thriving. Worth a Look:White Slab Palace (Lower East Side) – A pretty awesome Sunday-nighter, taking the back door while we all were watching the front for their awesome Friday-night party to return. Sunday is one to stumble into; don’t expect boldfaced names like on Fridays.

MONDAY

Lowdown: It’s true, Le Souk (East Village) is officially closed. East Villagers grievethe loss, sort of. But let’s not forget about Monday Night Football; we did, and accidentally found ourselves having an awesome time at sporty spaces. Hot Now:Antik (Greenwich Village) – Okay, so Le Royale’s former party isn’t actually in Antik, it’s in the basement of Antik. We swung into the small, rock ‘n’ roll space it was small enough to feel really full, even on a slow night. Naturally, it heats up on the late side, after Monday Night Football has dissolved. Go to make friends. ● Stanton Social (Lower East Side) – Yes, still a great place to have a fun bite/Monday night drinks. ● Butter (Noho) – Monday night was packed again, though curiously the party is getting to be a bit more hipster. Worth a Look:Black & White (Greenwich Village) Restaurant becomes cramped, sexy, sweaty hotspot after ten. ● Warren 77(Tribeca) – Just right for football fans with a bit more flair. ● Johnny Utah’s (Midtown West) Those huge TVs! It’s like a co-ed college party for industry folks (and half of them are not watching football). Events: On November 16, GuestofaGuest will be celebrating their new site design, with a Re-Design Party at 675 Bar.

TUESDAY

Lowdown: Tuesday clubs and bars vie to be the next hip or hipster watering hole, as real hipsters finally venture out to the fancy clubs they previously ignored. How ironic. Hot Now:Rose Bar (Gramercy) – This really has a lot to do with Nur Khan. This is certainly his Rose. ● Avenue (Chelsea) – Backlash! People were astounded to find this place under our Tuesday heading: “Duh, the hot nights are Monday and Wednesday, obvi.” Those people are right, but those people have never known the true Bea. ● 1Oak (Chelsea) – Right around the corner, the one-of-a-kind kids get the spillage of displaced hipster kids, who can’t decide between one gilded lounge or the other. Again, people agreed to disagree — and with a name like “Tight Jean Tuesday,” we know Jay-Z’s knots don’t fit. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – And for the non-hipsters and everyone in between, go green. Others to try: Superdive(East Village) – Champagne Tuesdays at this place is kind of like that weird dream you had once about falling into a parallel world where people tapped Champagne bottles in lieu of kegs. Dreams do come true. ● Simyone (Meatpacking) might be able to add another notch on its belt, Tuesday are haute at SL. Events: ● Stylecaster brought out Matt&Maia and Steven Rojas to DJ a massive party at The Ainsworth — which they filled to the brim with downtown fashion folks.

WEDNESDAY

Lowdown: Hump day was hot last night, with friends proudly tweeting their whereabouts at Boom Boom Room (I’m not sure I know of a tweet with more pride behind it). Hot Now:Le Cubain (Lower East Side) – Great spot for pre-drinks and cheap eat with babes with bangs in boots and vintage fur coats. Maybe even make it downstairs for a Chloe revival. ● 1Oak (Chelsea) – This is still 1Oak’s undisputed ‘hot’ night, but last night it was taken over (on the early side) for The Frisky’s Milestone Party. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – This one is in the basement, kids. ● Avenue (Chelsea) – Chelsea is hot on Thursday nights, thanks to Avenue. ● Simyone (Meatpacking District) – Tonight is the night for this Aalex Julian guarded door. Worth a Look:Eldridge (Lower East Side) – Rock and roll, yes. ● Von (Noho) Party in the basement is “pretty packed and a lot of fun” for the Noho set after 10pm. Events: Nigel Barker, Victoria Bartlett, Samantha Ronson came out to The Bowery Hotel for the Humane Society’s Cool vs. Cruel benefit. Next Wednesday, the 18th, head down to Yigal Azrouël for a completely different kind of party.The deconstructed hipster hot shop is having a serious sample sale from 9am until 7pm. Swill champagne and pick up Yigal’s Men’s Women’s and accessories for around 70% off. Pick up an outfit and maybe you’ll even pick up a cutie for a party later that night.

THURSDAY

Lowdown: This is Manhattanites’ Friday night. Dancing, dinner, glitz, and even some glam, without the B&T jam. Hot Now:BEast (Chinatown) – Ryan McGinley’s night of debauchery is still in swing. Expect a Misshape or two, Sophia Lamar, and a band of insiders. ● subMercer(Soho) – You may have forgotten about this celeb-laden underground, but she’s back. ● Above Allen (Lower East Side) – The view looks really good on Thursdays at this lounge with a view. Worth a Look:Baddies (West Village) – Collette and a slew of good-looking guys and gals make this space a great after-dinner dance spot. Events:Art Rocks! brings out Arden Wohl and John Whitledge of Trovata, ThreeAsFour, Tim Barber, DJ Cassidy, Luigi Tadini, Ally Hilfiger, Kipton Cronkite, Damon Johnson, Harley Viera Newton, Cassie Coane, DJ Jus Ske to The Bowery Hotel, yet again, to raise money and bring awareness to a serious rising epidemic such as Diabetes which is prevalent in the youth. The goal and hope of the benefit is that it will encourage the next generation of philanthropists, especially donors to the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center to raise funds to help further research for a cure. Next Thursday the 19th, head down to Yigal Azrouël for a completely different kind of party.The deconstructed hipster hot shop is having a serious sample sale from 9am until 7pm. Swill champagne and pick up Yigal’s Men’s Women’s and accessories for around 70% off. Pick up an outfit and maybe you’ll even pick up a cutie for a party later that night.

FRIDAY

Lowdown: It used to be a day of rest for jaded New Yorkers, but since we’ve stopped bleeding moola, Friday’s a great day to cut loose. Hot Now:Butter (Noho) – Friday night party Whipped is so fresh, most can’t believe it’s Butter. Resident hipster DJs Matt & Maia draw out big name fashion folks like Alexander Wang and the Ronsons. ● Boom Boom Room (Meatpacking District) – You probably won’t make it in like the rest of the plebeians (us included), but if you could, this would be the night to go. ● The Standard Grill (Meatpacking District) – What’s that, didn’t make it in to Boom? Luckily, the Grill is jumping with everyone else who tried their luck and are now eating duck (or crow). Luckily, even the most beautiful, classy folks gather here, so it’s a hotspot nonetheless. ● subMercer (Soho) – Two nights in a row, this spot is hot. Worth a Look:Civetta (Nolita) – Finally, a fun late-night spot to hit in this nabe? Steve Lewis says it’s true. ● Home Sweet Home (Lower East Side) – Jonathan Toubin brings the fairly popular New York Night Train to this little living room on Friday nights.

SATURDAY

Lowdown: Whether you are above or below 14th street, you should probably be planning on going out somewhere near to, or below 14th Street. Hot Now:Boom Boom Room (Meatpacking District) – If you were able to get a quick whiff of this space last week at The Last Magazine’s Halloween Party, you might have the balls to try your luck on a normal night. ● Lit Lounge (East Village) – Saturday night is grimy and fun! ● Bowery Hotel (East Village) – Simonez throws ragers here, spanning Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. ●subMercer(Soho) – Three nights in a row, this spot is hot.

NYC: All the Week’s Parties

Once again, the landscape of nightlife is a’changing. Sometimes, you have to stir up the water to catch a few fish, which is exactly what happened to us. East Village Monday-night favorite Le Souk lost its liquor license, forcing patrons to take their business to Le Souk Harem, but it’s the neighborhood that’s the real loser. Wandering aimlessly in search of something new and good on Sunday night, we found a new party at White Slab Palace. Places we’d long since wrote off somehow hit the spot if not filled the void. An object lesson on wandering outside your comfort zone.

SUNDAY

Lowdown: It’s been a while since the playing field has been leveled, but it seems as though there are some new sketchy Sundays in our future. Hot Now:GoldBar (Nolita) – Some say this is as good as Sundays could get. ● Sway (Sway) – Moroccan-themed rocker. Share in the angst with La Lohan on Sunday-night Morrissey fests. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – Though it may have a troubled door, Green’s Sunday night has been thriving. Worth a Look:White Slab Palace (Lower East Side) – A pretty awesome Sunday-nighter, taking the back door while we all were watching the front for their awesome Friday-night party to return. Sunday is one to stumble into; don’t expect boldfaced names like on Fridays.

MONDAY

Lowdown: It’s true, Le Souk (East Village) is officially closed. East Villagers grieve the loss, sort of. But let’s not forget about Monday Night Football; we did, and accidentally found ourselves having an awesome time at sporty spaces. Hot Now:Antik (Greenwich Village) – Okay, so Le Royale’s former party isn’t actually in Antik, it’s in the basement of Antik. We swung into the small, rock ‘n’ roll space it was small enough to feel really full, even on a slow night. Naturally, it heats up on the late side, after Monday Night Football has dissolved. Go to make friends. ● Stanton Social (Lower East Side) – Yes, still a great place to have a fun bite/Monday night drinks. ● Butter (Noho) – Monday night was packed again, though curiously the party is getting to be a bit more hipster. Worth a Look:Black & White (Greenwich Village) Restaurant becomes cramped, sexy, sweaty hotspot after ten. ● Warren 77(Tribeca) – Just right for football fans with a bit more flair. ● Johnny Utah’s (Midtown West) Those huge TVs! It’s like a co-ed college party for industry folks (and half of them are not watching football.)

TUESDAY

Lowdown: Tuesday clubs and bars vie to be the next hip or hipster watering hole, as real hipsters finally venture out to the fancy clubs they previously ignored. How ironic. Hot Now:Rose Bar (Gramercy) – This really has a lot to do with Nur Khan. This is certainly his Rose. ● Avenue (Chelsea) – Backlash! People were astounded to find this place under our Tuesday heading: “Duh, the hot nights are Monday and Wednesday, obvi.” Those people are right, but those people have never known the true Bea. ● 1Oak (Chelsea) – Right around the corner, the one-of-a-kind kids get the spillage of displaced hipster kids, who can’t decide between one gilded lounge or the other. Again, people agreed to disagree — and with a name like “Tight Jean Tuesday,” we know Jay-Z’s knots don’t fit. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – And for the non-hipsters and everyone in between, go green. Others to try: Superdive(East Village) – Champagne Tuesdays at this place is kind of like that weird dream you had once about falling into a parallel world where people tapped Champagne bottles in lieu of kegs. Dreams do come true. ● Kiss & Fly (Meatpacking) – Threw Diddy’s party this week. Yes, Diddy. Does it mean a resurrection for a place that has lost its edge? We’ll have to check it out when it isn’t graced with Puffy’s presence. Also, an insider promises this is another awesome night for what may be an up-and-coming nightlife power spot. ● Simyone (Meatpacking) might be able to add another notch on its belt, we’ll see if they can maintain a good Tuesday next week. Events:The Standard hosted the likes of Garavani Valentino, Madonna and Adrien Brody at the Boom Boom Room for the DVD release of Valentino: The Last Emperor. By hosting all of the A-list parties, Boom will stay hot.

image Valentino, Daphne Guinness at the Boom Boom Room

WEDNESDAY

Lowdown: Last week we told you to check out the new party at Hotel Gansevoort (Meatpacking) which turned out to be “miss-able,” as one nightlifer explained. Scott Sartiano’s 1Oak birthday was intimate, which opens up Wednesday for some serious mayhem tonight for those who didn’t make it past the gilded door. Hot Now:Le Cubain (Lower East Side) – Great spot for pre-drinks and cheap eat with babes with bangs in boots and vintage fur coats. Maybe even make it downstairs for a Chloe revival. ● 1Oak (Chelsea) – This is still 1Oak’s undisputed ‘hot’ night. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – This one is in the basement, kids. ● Avenue (Chelsea) – Chelsea is hot on Thursday nights, thanks to Avenue. ● Simyone (Meatpacking District) – Tonight is the night for this Aalex Julian guarded door. Worth a Look:Eldridge (Lower East Side) – Rock and roll, yes. ● Von (Noho) Party in the basement is “pretty packed and a lot of fun” for the Noho set after 10pm. Events: Waris Ahluwalia, Natalie Portman, Padma Lakshmi, and Tory Burch head to The Pierre tonight, to celebrate their love for India in Assouline’s latest publication, To India with Love. It’s a scrapbook of personal photos, stories, and memories from contributors like Adrien Brody, Diane Von Furstenberg, Elizabeth Hurley, Portman, and Owen Wilson, among others. Proceeds from the book go to Mumbai: We Got Your Back! (WGYB!), an organization founded by the three editors to raise spirits, especially after the terrorist bombings in Mumbai last year.

THURSDAY

Lowdown: This is Manhattanites’ Friday night. Dancing, dinner, glitz, and even some glam, without the B&T jam. Hot Now:BEast (Chinatown) – Ryan McGinley’s night of debauchery is still in swing. Expect a Misshape or two, Sophia Lamar, and a band of insiders. ● subMercer(Soho) – You may have forgotten about this celeb-laden underground, but she’s back. ● Above Allen (Lower East Side) – The view looks really good on Thursdays at this lounge with a view. Worth a Look:Baddies (West Village) – Collette and a slew of good-looking guys and gals make this space a great after-dinner dance spot. Events:Southside (Nolita) Celebrating their one-year anniversary with Funkmaster Flex.

FRIDAY

Lowdown: It used to be a day of rest for jaded New Yorkers, but since we’ve stopped bleeding moola, Friday’s a great day to cut loose. Hot Now:Butter (Noho) – Friday night party Whipped is so fresh, most can’t believe it’s Butter. Resident hipster DJs Matt & Maia draw out big name fashion folks like Alexander Wang and the Ronsons. ● Boom Boom Room (Meatpacking District) – You probably won’t make it in like the rest of the plebeians (us included), but if you could, this would be the night to go. ● The Standard Grill (Meatpacking District) – What’s that, didn’t make it in to Boom? Luckily, the Grill is jumping with everyone else who tried their luck and are now eating duck (or crow). Luckily, even the most beautiful, classy folks gather here, so it’s a hotspot nonetheless. ● subMercer (Soho) – Two nights in a row, this spot is hot. Worth a Look:Civetta (Nolita) – Finally, a fun late-night spot to hit in this nabe? Steve Lewis says it’s true. ● Home Sweet Home (Lower East Side) – Jonathan Toubin brings the fairly popular New York Night Train to this little living room on Friday nights. Events:The Koch Twins who have taken on Day&Night and made midday madness a mainstay in the brunching realm, will be taking on each other — boxing at Hammerstein Ballroom to support the Sunflower Children Organization.

SATURDAY

Lowdown: Last week was Halloween, so everything was heightened to be either really good or really bad. Luckily, this weekend doesn’t depend on costume and parades to meet your needs, just good booze and boozy scenes. Hot Now:Boom Boom Room (Meatpacking District) – If you were able to get a quick whiff of this space last week at The Last Magazine’s Halloween Party, you might have the balls to try your luck on a normal night. ● Lit Lounge (East Village) – Saturday night is grimy and fun! ● Bowery Hotel (East Village) – Simonez throws ragers here, spanning Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. ●subMercer(Soho) – Three nights in a row, this spot is hot. Events: ● Last week 1Oak teamed with Svedka to not only host a Halloween rager, but also ring in Penn Badgley’sBirthday.

image Penn Badgley at 1Oak’s Halloween Party

Photos: Patrick McMullan

Matt Assante & Dustin Terry: You Live in Williamsburg? Me Too!

I met Matt Assante and Dustin Terry at Marquee. They are too much the face of the plague, for they are promoters who have gotten this “models bring bottle-buyers” thing down pat. At Marquee and the roof of Gansevoort and similar places, they line up a herd of models and book gentlemen suitors at nearby tables. The “bringing in the posse thing” is so pre-recession. In today’s club economy, in order to score big you need a percentage of the table sales to make ends meet. Matt and Dustin’s star rose just as the Dow Jones sank. Where most promoters bring 20 people or less, this dynamic duo are — in the words of one seasoned club entrepreneur — “killing it. They are one of the few teams that actually draw anymore, and their crowd actually spends money.” To those who say bottle service killed clubs, they are public enemies number one and two — or are they just a couple of nice guys trying to finish first?

You started off as promoters less than five years ago; you always had a good crowd, but now, is it your life? Matt, are you still modeling? Matt Assante: I am. I just got back from an audition. It’s more of an acting career now.

So is it acting, or is it clubs? Which way are you going? MA: Yeah — nightclubs, right.

And you too, Dustin? Dustin Terry: Yes.

So Matt, is the idea that if you hit a big role, you hit a big role? MA: Yeah, I think it can only help. If you become a household name, it can only help the restaurant or nightclub that you own.

You’re a team. What is the strategy behind having two of you? MA: Well, Dustin kind of introduced me to the business. I used to hang out at Marquee because Wass was my acting teacher, and one night I wound up dancing on top of Dustin’s table; he had started probably about five or six months before — and you know, I had a great night, and I partied with a lot of girls, and I woke up and I had a business card in my pocket. Soon after, I said, “Who the hell is this Dustin guy?” and he called me for dinner that night, and I kind of picked his brain about how this whole thing worked. He introduced me to [Marquee co-owner] Jason Strauss, and Jason liked my style and who I came around with. He saw something in me, and I started working separately from Dustin, but we kind of helped each other. We started on Tuesday and he would do Thursdays and Saturdays. We’d host the room on either side. But because we became best friends over a year and a half, we worked together, and even though we were hosting separate tables, we thought it would be better to put both of our groups together. We could weed out, trim some of that, and bring in a really A-list crowd. DT: It started off separate, but then, as we watched Noah Tepperberg and Jason Strauss, and you sit back, you observe, and they’re obviously the best in the industry, and you see what they do and how they operate, and it kind of morphed into that naturally, organically. My social network became friends with his social network. At first the crowds didn’t know each other, but eventually they got to know each other and it became one crowd.

Tell me why you stayed in town this summer and therefore are having smashing success at the Gansevoort. MA: Well, with the state of the economy in the country, it wouldn’t be lucrative for us to go into the Hamptons this summer. We were there for years, and there just wasn’t enough money for us to go out there this summer, with all of the expenses — vans and food for the girls, etc. So with that said, we didn’t want to lose our crowd to someone else — another competing promoter or competing nightclub. So we had a brainstorming session with Noah, and we said that we’d like to figure out a project that we could do here in the city that gives our people a summer environment. So Dustin and I have been traveling the south of France for the last three years, and we took some of the elements there from Nikki Beach, Sea Lounge, Monaco; and we tried to get investors together, we were scouting rooftops and things like that to open our own project that we could execute for this summer. We talked to Elon Kenchington, the operator at the Gansevoort, and he got us a meeting with hotel owner Michael Achenbaum, and we said, “Look. Here’s our plan. You have no revenue — or minimal revenue — on Saturdays and Sunday afternoon. We’re going to bring you a huge revenue stream every weekend from noon until 8pm on those two days.” And he said, “Very interested; let’s see.”

So you did your pitch, let me hear more. DT: Our pitch was this: With the economy, a lot of people aren’t taking shares in the Hamptons, so there’s money to be spent here. We want to create a summer destination right here in New York City, and we thought that was a great space — the Meatpacking is flourishing with brunches right now.

It’s really an old “can’t miss,” formula: You’ve got girls in bikinis on a rooftop in the middle of a hot weekend afternoon with liquor, and you don’t have to hardly know her to have a good time. Now the girls we normally see dressed very nicely in nightclubs are almost naked. Why go to the Hamptons? DT: It’s true. You don’t have to wait in a traffic jam. Tony Theodore from China Grill Management is involved, Jeffrey Chodorow is the operator of the rooftop; so after we gave the pitch to Michael, he said I have to talk to my partners. Jeffrey bought in his team, Dustin and I came, and we joined forces.

To many of my readers, it goes like this: Cockroach, mosquito, rat, leech, agent, then promoter. In many people’s eyes, the club promoter is one of the lowest forms in life. You’re perceived to be dumb guys who make a ton of money, going to the best parties in town with the hottest girls, and who the fuck are you anyway? Almost everything is true, by the way, but the part about not working hard … I want you to tell me how you service your models, your girls, and what that entails. DT: It goes beyond that. You are more than just a promoter, so to speak. It goes beyond bringing a few hot girls here and there, especially when you’re doing five or six nights a week or days in nights out.

So how do you cultivate these crowds — what are your strategies? DT: Well, we’ve been at Marquee for four and a half years, so just the vast social network that you have to have to do the same place for three/four nights a week, for that long, it’s difficult. I’m usually up 9:30, and out till 3am or 5am …

One of things you’re doing is scouting locations. So how do you get the girls to loyally follow you around? MA: To be frank, we have class and we have likeability — we’re friends. There are a lot of arrogant, cocky promoters who think they’re big shots — and some girls might like that for a minute, because they’re cool, but we’re true guys; we’re very good to our people. We have extreme likeability.

I can’t wait to reread what you just said. Danny A once told me that one of the keys to his success is he never ever hits on the girls in his group, because once he does that, it’s over. DT: Yeah, obviously you meet a girl, and you go on a date and things like that, but as far as just bouncing from one girl to the next as a lot of promoters do, that would make things awkward. MA: Yeah, when I first started, I would burn out girls — before I had my girlfriend. Because you’d be at a dinner table and then three of the girls there you’d either had a prior relationship or what … I learned quickly it’s not a good idea. DT: Going back to likeability, these days any 21-year-old model guy can get a promoter job, and there’s really no longevity in that. When we decided that this is what we wanted to do as a career — not promote, but eventually use that as a stepping stone into restaurants, bars, clubs and so forth. You realize that these personal relationships with people, if you burn them out — well, you only have one name. So by treating people the way they deserve to be treated, you will be successful. The women deserve to be treated in a certain way. You don’t realize how many people have said to me and Matt over the years, “You guys are so different; I’ve gone out with other promoters, and you’re not like the other promoters.” And I said, “Why does everybody talk down promoters?” And you start looking around, and you see how people act and how they look, and it’s basically that some people are a step above the common street thug. Then you look at Jason and Noah and see how they carry themselves; they’re always dressed well, they’re not wearing some stupid hat with tattoos on their necks. We try and follow their lead. DT: Noah and Jason are businessmen. For them, they hired Patrick — who comes from the back of the house operation, he has been very instrumental to their success — of course their relationship with Mark Packer, also an operator, has also been instrumental in terms of back of the house stuff.

You guys come from what we call the front of the house — the imaging, the face, the thing that people see. How do you plan on getting knowledge of the back of the house end of it? DT: I have a business and marketing background, three and a half years worth — I worked for Wenner Media, that’s Us Weekly, Men’s Journal, Rolling Stone, etc. I was a key person in their marketing department. I learned a lot from that. Obviously publishing is different from nightclubs, but you basically surround yourself with people that have a little bit more experience, and we’re both smart people and business in a sense is business no matter what field you’re in.

What else are you working on besides the roof? Still working at Marquee? MA: Yes, we just started over at Avenue. Mondays and Wednesdays. And we left Johnny Utah’s because we’re so busy right now and with the opening of Avenue — we just don’t have time to do all those things. DT: I don’t know if you were at Matt’s birthday or heard anything about it

No, sorry I missed it. MA: For my birthday, I had Oompa-Loompas, I had a stilt walker, a guy in a parrot suit. DT: We had a parrot mascot just dancing on the front seat the whole night … rode on the front seat of our limousine so everybody on the street sees this big orange thing.

Are you hip guys? MA: I like to think we are. DT: I live in Williamsburg.

Does that make you hip? DT: No, I’m joking — but I’m surrounded by a bunch of hip people — I thought it would be cool to live in a big artist loft and just do something different than a big, regular, glitzy-glamorous high-rise. I like the neighborhood — it’s quiet, it’s peaceful, that’s why I moved out there.

I’m asking because there are going to be a thousand hipsters who will read this and discount you guys because you’re promoters. You’re the enemies of the snarky set. MA: We have hipsters that hang out with us. We have models and artists and photographers — we have a little bit of everything. DT: A handful of them are my neighbors, actually. You’re out there and you meet someone and they go, “You live in Williamsburg? Me too!” One other point I want to make is that with a lot of these big, high-profile clubs — Matt and I don’t take ourselves too seriously, and I think that’s a nice element that we bring, because we’re not afraid to walk down the street with a guy in a parrot costume. That’s fun, and I think people pick up on that, and just because you’re spending five to ten thousand dollars in a club doesn’t mean that you have to take yourself too seriously. And the wealthy clientele that we hang out with and service appreciate that, as do the image people.

Photo: Patrick McMullan

New York: Top 10 Monday Parties

Butter (Greenwich Village) – Butter Mondays, but what else is new? This party has defied New York City’s attention-deficit disorder pandemic since 2002. ● Johnny Utah’s (Midtown West) – Nobody said Monday-night dancing had to be classy; instead, this midtown saloon hypes their bull-riding challenge for all the pretty service industry folks.

Antik (Greenwich Village) – Maybe your fifth martini at the Bowery Hotel put you in the mood to get a little sloppy on a Monday night. Luckily, Antik still draws a mixed crowd as sloppy as you, just across the street. ● Star Lounge (Chelsea) – East End favorite of Hampton jitney-ites takes over Serena in downstairs lair of Chelsea Hotel. Ignore the crowd who suddenly thinks they’re something special and enjoy the floor while Mondays are still decently hyped. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – Word on the street is that Greenhouse is packing it in on Monday nights. Watch Zach Braff smoke some green while you enjoy the LEED-certified bamboo-wood dance floor with fellow eco-nuts. ● Le Souk (East Village) – Garden in the back competes with a tent, hookahs, lanterns, and 9pm belly dancing for your limited attention. Blaring dance soundtrack might have you forgetting about your food, too. ● Lit Lounge (East Village) – The HUGS party with DJs Josh Wildman and Andrew Kwo keep the ain’t-we-shit set on their patent leather toes. And yes, you will need a shower immediately following. ● Cielo (Meatpacking District) -Deep Space house heads maintain rarefied air in a dimming sky. Outdoor haven for your sneakarette habit. Party has been haute for six years, a rare ‘cheers-esque’ meeting place for dance fans. ● Darkroom (Lower East Side) – For the really terrible weekend withdrawals, “M” at Darkroom offers free PBR from 11 to 12 p.m. and special guest DJs fit for dancing and sweaty basement-bar enthusiasts. ● Above Allen (Lower East Side) – Survivors from Le Royale’s Monday night jams take over the Thompson LES’ room with a view, except with more models and promoters. Great music yes, but this is more of a taking-in-the-view kind of place than a loosing-your-shit-on-the-dancefloor kind of party.

The Eldridge was replaced by Cielo for this Monday night list. The Eldridge is closed for private events on Mondays, and Cielo was unfairly overlooked. For updated party information, check out this weekly curated list on where to go and what to do all week long.
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Where Strippers Go for Fun in New York

Everyone’s got an office. For Mario Batali, it’s the kitchen; for LeBron James, the court. And for BlackBook staffers, it’s an actual office. But for the girls who work at Rick’s Cabaret and Steakhouse, the office is something entirely different. It’s the stage-to-ceiling brass pole, or the giddy lap of an Asian salaryman. But when daily tasks include gyrating your hips to a T-Pain banger or sipping bubbly with VIPs in the champagne room, what space does that leave for a regular nightlife? Last week, after a long day at our office (be sure to check out the raw source material), we decided to visit theirs to fulfill our journalistic duty by asking them the essential question: Where do you like to go out in New York?

Ashton, age unknown Where are you from? Moscow. Where do you like to go out in New York? Usually I like to go to Pacha. How long have you been in New York? Two years. And do you and the girls go out after work? No, after work I’m so tired. I just want to sleep. Do any of your customers ever invite you to go out with them after work? Never. It’s like my rule. I never give my number.

Suzy, age unknown Where do you go out in New York? I like to go downtown a lot. If I’m just chilling out, I usually go down on the Lower East Side. Like, to Niagara and 7B. Or, if I want to go out — I know a bunch of, like, promoter friends — I go to The Box. Or, I live really close to Apothéke. Do you and the other girls from work ever go out after a shift? I’ve gone out with some of the girls. After a shift, there’s not that much open — like, as far as alcohol. So, we’ll go out to like, the next block and do karaoke. Or we’ll go to like, Noribong, or go out to eat. And what restaurants do you like to go to? I don’t know. I like to go to a whole bunch of restaurants. I love eating. Everywhere. Have you ever given a lap dance to anyone famous? Not in the sense like, in the media. Because they always like to bring them to someplace private, and so they usually bring girls who are like, you know, typical stripper, with huge implants. You know, like, in your face. And me, I’m not like that. I’m like the pseudo-stripper. Can we take a picture of you? No.

Becky, 24 And how long have you been working at Rick’s? Two years. Do you like to get drunk? Ha ha, I love to get drunk! Okay. And you love to get drunk? Yes, I love to get drunk. How many nights a week would you say you drink? Probably 6 days, or 7? I drink too much. Do you drink at work? Yes, all the time. For free? Yea, most of the time. And do you go out afterwards? No, I usually go right home. I’m not big on going out after work. Sometime I go to Niagara or Ace Bar. It’s an amazing place. You’ve got the Skee-Ball. You’ve got all kind of games. It’s a real laid-back, chill kind of place, you know? Do you ever stay in? Hardly anymore, no. What restaurants do you like? I love Stanton Social. I like La Zarza. What about clubs? I’m not a club girl. I’ll go to like, Buddha Bar. But I’m not into the club thing. Everybody’s all coked up. You can’t talk, you know what I mean? I’m kind of more like, Little Branch, PDT, Mason Dixon. What’s your favorite cocktail? Stoli O, on the rocks. No hangover. I take it all night.

Shaleen, 19 Where do you go out? I don’t. Why not? Because I’m a hard-working mother. I work and I go home. Do you ever go out to restaurants? I went about 2 weeks ago to Asia de Cuba. I heard it was really good food, and it was. It was wonderful. How long have you been living in New York? I’ve been living in New York my whole life. So where did you go out before you were a hard-working mother? Well, that was when I was a teenager. I was just going to teen parties. And how many nights a week do you work at Rick’s? Usually 3-4 days a week. And do you drink when you work? I do not. Not at all. Have you been out in the last month? I went out once to the Cellar Bar in the Bryant Park Hotel. And do you ever pay for your own drinks? It’s rare. Do you get hit on a lot? I mean, I get hit on. It’s to the point where most men that are with their girlfriends look like they want to be with me.

Dior, 20 How long have you been working at Rick’s? Only like, 2 months. How long have you been living in New York? I was here about a year and half ago, before I left for Miami. And now I’m back for good. Where do you like to party in New York? I’m boring. I Like loungey spots. So, I haven’t found anything in New York, yet. I’ve been to Mansion once (now called M2). Mansion is fun. Like, when you want to just get all the party out of your system — go to Mansion. And I go to a lot of restaurants like Wolfgang’s Steakhouse up the street. Do you ever have to pay for your own drinks? I don’t ever pay for my own drinks. I refuse. How many nights a week do you go out after work with the other girls? Being at work is kind of like going out. Plus I’m new here, and I keep my co-workers at a certain boundary. So all the friends I have are all quote unquote “normal.” Do your parents know you’re a stripper? Technically, no. What do they think you do? They just think I work in a bar. They probably know I’m a stripper … it’s just a conversation we choose not to have. .

Saki, 25 Where do you go out in New York? Besides here, I love going to the Meatpacking District. Spice Market, Hotel Gansevoort. I’m not that exclusive, so I don’t really go anywhere that’s secretive. I’m not that VIP. Do you want to be? Yes, I do. Why do you like Hotel Gansevoort? Because it’s relaxing. There’s places to sit. It’s more like a lounge, and not so much a discotheque. I can’t stand clubs. Why not? Because it’s a huge exercise in futility. There’s a lot of sweat, and there’ s a lot of people who just get drunk, or get stoned. And it’s not that interesting to me. Do you ever go out after work? Oh, I’m here until 4 in the morning. I told you, I’m not that exclusive, so I don’t go to any after-hours hang-out spots. When you go out, do guys pay for everything? Not really. I have to buy everything. I’d rather not be bothered. If I got out and a guy tries to talk to me, and if I’m really not interested — I don’t want anything to do with him, like not even free drinks. Because I just don’t want him to follow me around. Are you friends with any of the strippers here? I’m friends with Suzy. I think you talked to her, earlier? How long have you been at Rick’s? Oh, since the day I started. Like, 6 months ago. Do you get drunk at work? Not really. You develop a huge alcohol tolerance here.

Gaby, 20< Where do you go out in New York? I don’t go out, especially when it is too cold. And I use my computer a lot. I play poker and Facebook all the time. So I’m more of a house person. All of my friends are promoters. They’re always inviting me to Marquee, Johnny Utah’s, 49 Grove, Tenjune. So why don’t you go? Because when it’s a promoter, it’s like a bunch of girls, and maybe 1 or 2 guys. Because they’re promoting tables. If there were more guys, I would go. But I mean, come on. Do you like to get drunk? I have never been drunk in my life. I have had like one or two drinks, and they got me. But not like, drunk. I’m always sober. I just go to flirt. And dance with the guys How long have you been working at Rick’s? Like, a year. How long have you been in New York? 6 years. Do you ever tell guys you meet that you’re a stripper? No … unless they are my boyfriend, I don’t have to say shit.

Patricia, 27 Where do you go out in New York? Just here. You don’t go out anywhere else? Just at Rick’s. You don’t go out to clubs? Or bars? Restaurants? Nope. How many nights a week do you work here? Five. 5 nights a week. So the other 2 nights you stay home? Well, no. These nights I’m in the spa. I stay all day long in the spa. Sometimes I go out with my friend to eat some Brazilian food. Are you Brazilian? Yes. How long have you been in New York? One year and one month. How long have you been at Rick’s? One year. Do you like to drink? Nope. I like to bring very hot men in the champagne room. I like champagne, I like strawberries. But he would have to be very hot. What do you do in the champagne room? It depends. If the guy’s very hot, I’ll have some champagne and some strawberries and cream. So, if they’re hot, you’ll bring them into the champagne room? Yes. Very hot and fun. And rich? That’s necessary. But if they are hot, and they are fun — But there’s no sex in the champagne room, right? No sex. But we have a great time.