Resurrection Sunday: Old-School Nightlife Meets New-School At Secret Party With Secret Location

This Sunday, I’m DJing with fellow 4AM DJ Dalton at an off-the-record, on the QT, very hush-hush party with a secret location. Just to make sure I was in the general vicinity at the right time, I wangled out of them that it is in Meatpacking and not "somewhere over the rainbow." The event is called Resurrection Sunday and combines the old-school (that means me) values and effort to nightlife with what’s new and hot (thats Dalton). The promoters are all bottle service girls with followings. Some are out of the game but still connected, others are still working.

They hope that this first event launches their "one-night-only" concept and pays their bills. This won’t be a drop-the-bottle-at-the-table-with-merely-a-smile-and-sparkler gala. Much more is promised, but of course what is a secret is guarded like the Coca-Cola recipe. The pop-up bottle service concept with added attractions appeals to me. I am curious and hopeful that it rewards its "off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush" producers.

This Sunday, you’re doing a party in a secret location in the Meatpacking, and everyone involved is keeping their identity a secret as well. Why the secrecy?
We are keeping it a secret because we are turning the tables on the current venue owners that we work for. We are tired of working for people when we can do just as good of a job, if not better.

You are all bottle service girls delving into the realm of promoters. I can’t imagine promoters switching and serving booze. Does their job look easy from your perspective?
We are gearing this company to be a luxury pop-up brand. Unlike promoters, we are working for ourselves, and the high-end clientele that we have cultivated from years and years of working for every major nightlife company, from LA and NY to Miami and Vegas. We consider ourselves luxury hosts. With that said, promoters are tremendously important to nightlife and we are in no way discounting their jobs. 

This Sunday’s party is called "Resurrection Sunday." Explain what will happen.
When we all got together, we found ourselves nostalgic of the old- school, fun, exciting, sexy nightlife that we all remember, which is unfortunately dead. What happened to the days of Spy Bar, Cheetah, Spa, Centrofly, Pangea, Lotus, Bungalow, etc.? We want to bring that energy/crowd and mesh it with a drop of current bottle service. This is why Resurrection Sunday was born. We want to mix the old and the new successfully. We feel like nightlife in general is currently in limbo and we would like to change that.

Hopefully this is the first of many, as this Sunday is part of the one-night-only series you have planned. What other kinds of events do you have planned?
We want to do similar pop ups for events such as the Super Bowl, Sundance, fashion weeks, music festivals, award shows, film festivals, etc. We are shooting for 8-10 exclusive pop-ups a year at undisclosed locations.

Giving the client more than the sparkler and the smile is your theory. From your vast experience, what is missing in clubland?
Currently, the focus of nightlife is on the DJs and what money is being spent in the room. Although we understand that a good DJ and spending tables are a necessity of this business, we are mixing those elements with the nightlife that we all miss. We are bringing back hot dancers that can dance, a saxophone player, a drummer, scantily-clad shot girls with premium liquor, and a mix of current as well as old-school promoters, clients, and club personalities. 

You have me DJing the early part of the evening to give it an old-school feel, and DJ Dalton is doing the heavy lifting later on. What music are you expecting? Is there a lack of diversity in club sounds?
Yes, we definitely feel like there’s an element of missing words in the current DJs’ musical choices. We miss rock and roll and some good old fashioned funk and soul music. We are tired of listening to the same beat over and over again and the harsh sounds of ghetto hip-hop. It seems like these are currently the only two options in current nightlife (which is why we love you).

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Lobster Rolls & Sunset Views: The Meatpacking’s STK Opens Rooftop Tomorrow

The Meatpacking’s sexy steakhouse STK gets even sexier tomorrow when it opens its single greatest facet: the rooftop.

For its third year in a row, a seat on this rooftop on a balmy, breezy spring night at sunset promises not just watermelon salad, crisp watermelon cucumber cocktails, and a dish of mini lobster rolls, but also a view of the Hudson River, the majestic Standard Hotel, and the cobblestone, stiletto-ridden streets below. 

But remember: the rooftop only fits 150 people, so get the first seat at noon – and hold on for dear life.

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Beaumarchais’ Jazz Series: Your New Tuesday Night Party

Tuesday nights are an enigma. Do we continue our gin-and-tonic-and-cocktails parade and devour a plate of tilapia tacos at Barrio Chino with a date from Tinder, or do we subscribe to an evening of Netflix and pad Thai-spring roll delivery? How about none of the above. At Brasserie Beaumarchais bi-monthly Tuesday Jazz Series, you get the relaxation of a night in with Netflix and the indulgence of a night out drinking martinis, eating seafood, and being among good-looking people for five-plus hours.

What you can expect at Beaumarchais: live, 1940s Parisian and bohemian music from swing-French jazz troop Avalon Jazz Band starting at 7pm, $5 wine and $10 cocktails during the 5:30pm-7:30pm Happy Hour, Parisian black-truffle gnocchi topped with parmesan,  grilled lamb chops with eggplant and goat cheese-filled cannelloni, and more cheesy, flaky, creamy bites.

And when you’ve finished lounging and feasting, go back even further in time and catch a late-night showing of the ’20s-era blockbuster The Great Gatsby. And by the time you’re done, try – just try to log in to Netflix. Chances are, you won’t remember how.

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Gummi Worm Goblets & Cookie Jar Milkshakes: Sugar Factory’s Best Food & Drink Porn

Meet Sugar Factory: Meatpacking’s new brasserie/explosive dessert spot where 36oz bubbling cocktail chalices full of lollipops and gummi worms land on the table, and hot fudge-drenched, submarine-sized, red velvet sundaes take up the width of your lap. It’s the classy, marble-bar-chandelier American brasserie that refuses to grow up. Meatpacking’s first and only outrageous dessert palace where the entire dinner kitchen is open until 4am all weekend long. 

But what else can you expect from a restaurant that comes direct from Vegas, and has already attracted to its NY location celebs like Kevin Jonas and the NY Giants?  Sure, Sugar blasts Taylor Swift music, and there’s a good chance you’ll find a 16-year-old girl in Lululemon leggings picking out candy necklaces by the entrance’s candy shop, but with a list of 32 goblets, cosmos, and (Reese’s & s’mores) martinis – Sugar Factory is primed for late-night, sinful, post-Bagatelle action. And with downtown’s longtime lack of a charm-and-impress-your–date place like Serendipity, it is with great pride and pleasure that we welcome Sugar Factory to NYC. Now get in on some food & drink porn.

The Red Velvet Sundae That Takes Up The Width Of Your Lap.

The Must-Order Chinese Chicken Salad.

The Very-Easy-To-Finish White Gummi Goblet.

The Chocolate Cookie Jar Milkshake Stuffed With Oreo Cookies, Caramel, & Hot Fudge.

The View Of The Sexy Bar(tender).

When Attempting To Be Healthy: The Pan-Roasted Salmon & Asparagus.

The Fondue Finale: Pound Cake, Gummi Bears, Brownie Bites, & More.

This Week’s NY Happenings: LUCKYRICE, Taste Of The Nation, Manon

NOW: The Mother Of All Rice Fests Returns
LUCKYRICE is back in New York and ready to celebrate all things Asian with a superstar lineup. Tonight is the kickoff, with Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese, and it’s already sold out. Fortunately other tickets remain, as the festival tours through ramen with Chuko, Filipino food with Umi Nom, and a cabana night market at The Maritime Hotel. On Thursday night the focus shifts to “chef cocktails.” Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto hosts while luminaries from Experimental Cocktail Club, Macao Trading Co., and his own Tribeca Canvas put Asian accents on some very fine sips.

LUCKYRICE kicks off tonight, April 29th. Cocktail Feast: A Journey East starts at 8pm on Thursday, May 2nd, at The Bowery Hotel (335 Bowery, East Village). Tickets for the cocktails are $40. To learn more aboutt he hotel, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides. Photo by Parliament of Owls.

NOW: Taste Of The Nation
Seventy of the city’s best bars and restaurants will all be in one place tonight as the 26th annual Taste of the Nation goes off at 82MERCER. Players like ACME, Pouring Ribbons, and The Dead Rabbit are only the beginning, and all proceeds go to fighting childhood hunger.

Taste of the Nation starts at 7:30pm on Thursday, April 25th, at 82MERCER (82 Mercer St., Soho). General admission tickets are $225 ($185 is tax-deductible). To learn more about the event space, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

WEDNESDAY: Manon Opens In Meatpacking
Moscow’s Cafe Pushkin peeps take another stab at NYC with glossy Meatpacking triplex Manon. The kitchen is run by a former Public hand, working up seasonal ingredients with international accents. Industrial ironwork meets chandeliers on the glossy interior. Opulence, it has it.

Manon (407 W. 14th St., Meatpacking District) opens Wednesday, May 1st. To learn more about the restaurant and lounge, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

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