The Veils Unveil New Songs At Last Night’s Hush-Hush Rose Bar Sessions

The Veils – otherwise known as That Indie Rock Band From London Who Shamelessly Performs Like Their Possessed – hit NYC last night, performing a slew of new songs at the very hush-hush Rose Bar Sessions – Rose Bar’s secret show inside the Gramercy Park Hotel for a hand-picked 100 people who are generally very good-looking, successful, entrepreneurial, and artistic. Brandy was there (photo evidence here.) 

The performance comes just days since the release of their 4th and latest album Time Stays, We Go, and spotlighted their single "Through The Deep, Dark Wood," which is deep…dark… and absolutely rocking. Rose Bar’s tiny stage was lit in sea-blue light, and lead singer/songwriter Finn Andrews wore his signature fedora and played the drums while drummer Raife Burchell played them too. Why am I telling you this? Just watch the 22-second video of their concert and get on with it already.

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Miami Opening: The Rose Bar at the Delano South Beach

Even a classic needs the occasional reinvention. Of course, the Rose Bar at the Delano South Beach was doing intimate when everyone else was still doing mega lounge. Now it’s gotten an understatedly elegant (but still really sexy) makeover, all warm woods, graceful rose upholstered walls, and glamourous Venetian chandeliers. The art deco sophistication prevails, and the place still feels like a bit of Paris in Sobe.

But it’s the cocktail menu that has experienced the most dramatic transformation. Head bartender Bernie Waters has conjured a new medley of cleverly-titled concoctions, including the Napoli Smash (Disaronno, lemon juice, simple syrup and mint), Dad’s New Car (roasted almond-infused Hennessey, Cointreau, lemon juice, and simple syrup), and the East Indies Sling (Bombay Sapphire Gin, sweet vermouth, Fernet Branca, lemon juice, maraschino liquor, rhubarb bitters, and, yes, simple syrup). The truffle popcorn, by the way, pairs smashingly with each and all of them.

Oh, and the people watching, with a view through the lobby, will still be aces.

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The Gramercy Park Hotel Is Doing Just Fine Without Ian Schrager, Thank You

Back in 2006, when Ian Schrager reopened New York’s Gramercy Park Hotel to much acclaim and a parade of celebrity guests, he left behind the specters of the former owners, the Weissberg family, whose string of tragedies culminated in scion David jumping from the roof to his death. Now Schrager, who still casts an apparitional shadow over his many previous ventures, has moved on, leaving the hotel to find a way forward on its own considerable merits. Hoping to get an inside take on the future of the Gramercy, I caught up with GM Scott Koster on a recent afternoon in the Rose Bar, which, it must be said, looks startlingly different at 3pm than it does at 3am.

“We talk a lot about when a hotel reaches iconic stature,” Koster explained. “There are a lot of people that take what Ian Schrager and Julian Schnabel created here and try to recreate it somewhere else. But there’s something intrinsic here that you can’t just replicate. Design alone does not make a facility; at Gramercy Park Hotel we’ve been able to maintain an ethos. At this point, you’d have to work to mess it up.”

Indeed, disguising myself as a guest, I found it remarkable how perfected the culture of the second generation Gramercy has become. From an almost pastoral breakfast on the Terrace to a buzzy lunch at Maialino to evening cocktails in the Jade and Rose Bars, it was clear that the hotel isn’t making any rash, ill-advised changes in an attempt to shake off Schrager’s influence. In fact, Maialino, Danny Meyer’s sophisticated but remarkably inviting Roman style trattoria, which opened in late 2009 (replacing the haughty Wakiya), may have already become the touchstone for a new era for the GPH.

Koster agreed. “We want [the Gramercy] to be a true New York experience. And to do that, you have to be involved in the community. What Danny Meyer and Maialino did was to cement that. I think it put us into the fabric of the neighborhood,” he said.

Damion Luaiye remains as Creative Director, but nightlife impresario and celeb-magnet Nur Khan has departed, with Sebastien Lefavre now brought over from GoldBar to oversee the hotel’s considerable nocturnal goings on. Also on the way is a new bar setup on the roof, which Koster hopes will create a more seamless flow of buzz throughout the public spaces.

“We want the Terrace and the Rose Bar to feed off of each other,” he further explained. “Being inclusive rather than exclusive is really the direction we’re going in. Not to say that the Rose Bar is not going to remain one of the most difficult reservations to get; it always will be.”

So, moving on from the era of Ian Schrager has not been too difficult, even though his and Schnabel’s touch still permeates the space. Indeed, the Gramercy Park Hotel in some ways feels more like an extravagant Florentine Renaissance palazzo than a hip New York hotel.

“He is an amazing visionary,” Koster observed of Schrager. “But once a hotel is created, the people who are running it help give it a life of its own. While he gave birth to it, eventually it does become its own entity.”

Hotel ‘Hood: A Snapshot of Gramercy Park Hotel

A simple postage stamp-size photo of a hotel room cannot possibly forecast the sort of experience you’ll actually have there. What sorts of treasures, sights, and smells lie within and around the hotel? It’s about the neighborhood. The food. The lighting. And in the case of the Gramercy Park Hotel, the people and the wonderful, old world opulence and glamor represented in its every detail. From the velvet curtains and the outsize art in its massive hall, to its historical block and landscaped grounds, here’s a snapshot of Gramercy Park’s finest offerings.

image The Neighborhood The block Gramercy Park Hotel is situated on is quiet and tree-lined. It’s mostly residential, and features guest access to the private park just outside its door. image Eating and Drinking Inside the hotel you have Maialino, Rose Bar, and a lovely rooftop and garden bar.

Nightlife and Dining Nearby Rose Bar & Jade Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel Maialino Novita BLT Prime SPiN New York Ciano Pete’s Tavern Pure Food and Wine Choshi Sushi Friend of a Farmer

(Photos by City Sage, Fudd and Weblicist.)

Meeting Nightlife’s Scott Lipps of One Management

On the Cool Jobs list, Scott Lipps nears the top – somewhere between shortstop for the New York Yankees and President of the U.S. of A. As president of One Management, he guides the careers of some of the most beautiful and interesting people in the world, while still finding the time to be a rock-and-roll drummer and go out most nights. He’s sought-after by every party promoter and club owner in town. Every joint wants him (or at least the people he manages) to show up. We’ve been nodding hellos to each other across rooms for years, so it was nice to finally sit down and get to know him.

Briefly, tell me what you do. We’re a really high-end luxury brand fashion agency, where we represent a lot of supermodels. I have arms in music – one’s called One Music – and I represent some actors, too. The idea was really to do branding for a lot of the supermodels, really become one of the first management companies in fashion that also had arms in entertainment, because ultimately, I think everything is sort of merging into one right now. So we have musicians we rep, we rep some actors, and we obviously rep a lot of the supermodels, from Claudia Schiffer to Bar Rafaeli to Helena Christensen to Iman.

Advertisers are often looking for something a little offbeat. Rather than a pretty face, they want a hard personality. Tell me about some of the Rock or other types of people that you represent. We’ve done deals for a lot of different artists, and if you look at our site, it lists a lot of them. We’ve done a lot of covers for, let’s say, L’uomo Vogue, for bands like the Horrors and the Living Things, which are really off the beaten path in terms of the mainstream music that’s going on today. The Horrors was a great band out of London that was happening like two years ago, but they never really broke in the States. We’ve done stuff with everybody from Anthony Kiedis to P. Diddy to MGMT. Some are endorsements, like The Virgins doing the Tommy Hilfiger campaign, and some are editorials like the New York Dolls in a magazine called Cover. We worked on something called the Rose Sessions, which was something I did with Nur Khan. It was basically a series of concerts at the Rose Bar that was taking really big acts and putting them into really great, intimate spaces. We’ve had everyone from Guns N’ Roses to the Black Key to Velvet Revolver, and Nur has carried on the tradition. We manage a few acts, so we manage Matt Sorum’s (from Guns N’ Roses) new band, called Darling Stilettos. All girls. It’s like a rock and roll Pussycat Dolls kind of band. In fact, Ace, the singer, used to be in the Pussycat Dolls. I think the idea was to bring advertisers a niche. In the way that Steve Stoute has always done really well in the Hip Hop branding world, we wanted to be a sort of rock n roll/pop version of what that is and service a lot of the rock bands in this fashion space.

You’re a drummer, which makes me wonder: Is the agency play? Is it fun? Is everything you do fun? I wouldn’t say everything’s fun. I think that I’m still very, very much inspired by music, but I think fashion’s been an incredible means, as a conductor, to so many different mediums. So when you represent supermodels and some of the most beautiful and interesting people in the world (interesting sometimes, not always), you can parlay this into a lot of different businesses. So now, thankfully, I’ve been able to sit with the heads of all of the record companies and movie studios, brands, and what not, and all of these worlds kind of mesh. That’s interesting to me, to be creative. The spreadsheets and the excel sheets aren’t really my thing, but I do it.

How do you deal with the different personalities? You have to be like Switzerland – it’s really about not taking sides, and it’s hard. Sometimes we’re dealing with kids, and then we’re dealing with moms and dads. There’s a lot of dynamics there and not everyone is really on the same page, but you really have to learn to try to relate on every level. When people have corporations and they’re a full blown business, and there are a lot of players involved in their own business, you really do have to become like Switzerland in the sense that you have to just try and appease everyone and try to make it work. I can’t be too strong-willed; I have to find ways to mesh.

PUBLICIST ALAN RISH: To interject, Scott doesn’t lose his temper or anything. He’s very even-tempered. Scott: And that is because I’m very protective of my talent. So much so that I will go to great lengths to make sure that they are well-insulated and nothing gets let out that shouldn’t be. I’m not interested in getting them press about something that doesn’t benefit them just to get press. There are a lot of celebrities these days that just want to get in the media because they think that it will further their careers, but I think that if you protect people’s careers, there’s a lot of longevity there.

You seem to have more celebrities than other management companies, why do you think that is? Steven, I wasn’t coming from fashion when I first started this business. I was a drummer, I was managing my bands, and I tried to give it a bit of a fresh approach in the sense that I wanted to be honest, I wanted to have some integrity there. Not everyone in this business has tons of integrity. I was trying to do something a little bit different. Honesty is a big part of what I do. I really do like protecting the people I work with, and not over-exposing them or cheapening what they do. We get a lot of jobs. It’s not about taking every job that comes in just so you can make a quick dollar. I think a lot of girls came over because we were also interested in managing brands and hopefully with them maybe doing a fragrance deal, or a clothing deal, licensing deal, and building up their brands to become more so than only modeling.

Is nightlife a business for you? Should it be? Yes, because I’ve done a lot of things in the space, and ultimately I feel like I do help people build their brands. It’s about relationships for me. So a lot of the guys that you probably know that I’m friendly with, we’ve looked into bigger picture things, and maybe we will. Maybe a hotel one day or a restaurant.

With the whole bottle-model era, how do you protect your talent when they go out? The bottle-model thing that you’re referring to, that’s not what I do in the sense that I don’t even hang out in that dynamic. You can only spend so much time with your clients. I have a life, I’d like to go home and sleep occasionally—the few hours that I get. And I play drums, I play music, I write music – you can police it as much as you can, but ultimately you can’t be with people 24/7. I think that our girls are smart; we are very particular in who we take on. We try to take on girls that have personality. You don’t see tons of our girls at that kind of really tacky nightspots. The girls that are in those clubs until late at night, those really dance-y places, those are not the girls that are working every day. If those girls were working, they wouldn’t be out until 5 in the morning every night.

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Do you get harassed by promoters? I wouldn’t say harassed. They know that I’m a different sort breed than a lot of the guys in this business, so I’m cool with all of them. There are some guys like Scott [Sartiano] that I’m very friendly with, so they’ve always been cool with me. I know what the relationship is about, but it’s not really my thing in a lot of cases. People know that I hang out at Kenmare and Don Hills and the Rose Bar when it’s open, and that’s more my scene. I do have good friends like Scott who are in the business of yours, but it’s not his approach with me. He’s like, “Do you want to bring someone to dinner? If not, we’re happy to have you by yourself.” He doesn’t care.

We were talking earlier about The Social Network movie… I think it was the best movie I’ve seen this year. That and probably Kick Ass, which is weird. I’m interested in this whole social media thing and where it’s going in fashion: building brands in fashion through social media and things like that. We represent Birdie Bell for instance, and Birdie Bell is someone that’s obviously building a great name through social media. So she’s a girl that’s blogging, she’s tweeting, she’s using Facebook. The girls that want to become brands these days, they really have to understand how to utilize that.

Isn’t what you’re doing threatened by social media? I’ll give you a great example. There is a reality star that came to me not so long ago and it didn’t fit our brand so we didn’t end up going forward with everything. But that person, who shall remain nameless, went on to make quite a lot of money. I think for us it’s about keeping the credibility, and I’ve always wanted to work with actors and musicians, so it’s just about finding the right fit. But you’re right, when you look at the current state of advertising, it’s all 60% actors now, and 30% models, and maybe 5% pop stars.The whole idea of One, when I started, was I wanted to represent celebrities, albeit supermodels or actors or rock stars.

Drummers are the most insane people in the world—how did you do it? How did you end up owning a modeling agency? Well, I was born in a car, so when I hit my head I think that’s where it all started.

You were actually born in a car? I was born in a car in Gibson, New York, and that’s my middle name. It’s a weird, strange, but true fact. Long story short: I moved to LA when I was 17, I told my dad I was going to PIT and he said, “That’s amazing, you’re going to the Pittsburgh Institute of Technology to be a scientist!” He already knew I was a drummer at that point, I was playing in bands since I was 12, and in nightclubs since I was 14. I started playing at L’amour when I was 14 – L’amour in Brooklyn. They had to sneak me in. I opened up for Steve Marriott’s Humble Pie. Steve Marriott from the Small Faces. I mean, he was in a band with Rod Stewart, he’s a legend. I played with Robbie, who is actually still in my music division now. So when I told my dad I was going to PIT, it was actually the Percussion Institute of Technology, a drumming school in LA where my classmates were the guys from the Black Crowes and from Metallica and wherever. I joined this band and we did really well in Hollywood, we were probably one of the top 15 bands in Hollywood for a bunch of years. We were one of the top bands out there in that Guns N’ Roses/Faster Pussycat/LA Guns scene. But all of the guys in my band were unfortunately caught up in the wrong substances and it scared the label. They had already been dealing with Guns N Roses, and I don’t think they wanted to deal with that on top of everything else. I was playing with a band that’s now called Steel Panther, that’s actually a very pretty popular band on Universal. They’re like the real life Spinal Tap, like a parody of being in a heavy metal band, and they were really popular. I think they just got nominated for a Grammy actually. We were called the Boogie Nights at the time. It was like a disco-70’s show which then became a heavy metal show. And that was on tour. I hurt my arm playing drums, and my mom said to me, “Call your second cousin, he owns a modeling agency, maybe you could do something there for a few months until your arm gets better. “ And I was managing my bands, and also working at record labels, and managing companies when I wasn’t on tour. I wanted to own a label, but being a 25-year-old guy, all the labels looked at me as like this musician-punk-kid. They probably never let me progress as much as I should have at record labels, so I was doing very low level assisting and tape-listening and whatnot. And I got a job interning at another agency that my cousin owned in LA which is a big agency, and I was driving girls around and all of a sudden, all of the models, we became friendly because I was a musician and they weren’t petrified of me. And a lot of models switched to the agency I was working at and things happened very rapidly.

One last question: Who was the first model that you signed and what is she doing now? Well, a couple of the models I worked with years ago are people like Padma Lakshmi from Top Chef, and I don’t know if it’s okay to say it, but I did work with January Jones back in the day. Those were my clients back then because it was in LA and they weren’t really like model-models, they were like models transitioning to acting. Lauren Santo Domingo – I actually discovered her years ago.

Photo Taken by Terry Richardson

Liza Brings Out the Random & Wonderful at Rose Bar

The last time I was at Rose Bar, I explained to my friends Nick and Garrett, it was for an installment of Nur Khan’s Rose Bar Sessions—for Rufus Wainwright— and I ended up passing out early. Okay, so the correct way to say it would be that I blacked out early, waking up on the bathroom floor—my bathroom floor, thank goodness. The same thing happened the time before, when I’d stopped in for a “relaxing” post-work cocktail. Rose Bar is like that: one minute you’re discussing the merits of black coffee with Penn Badgley, the next your walking around in circles in the night air. It’s as if the place is filled with fun house mirrors that distort reality and fool you into thinking you’re extremely elegant as you slide down a slippery, wine-drenched slope. Maybe it’s because you feel like you’re part of the ambiance, and under the Keith Haring art, the elegance is vodka-proof. A fortress of refinement. Last night, we were in the front bar, curled over a candle-lit table debating the enduring mysticism of the place as Tony Danza strolled by with Alan Cumming. Maybe spotting Tony Micelli wasn’t out of the ordinary, considering we’d just enjoyed a show put on by Liza Minnelli herself, kicking off the fall season of Monday Rose Bar Sessions.

Minnelli performed several selections from her new album, Confessions, but of the six songs she performed, the highlight had to be “He’s a Tramp.” After escaping from yesterday’s rain storm, the first thing we felt comforted by was the fire place, the second hearing Liza perform in her jazzy, joking way. It just worked: a random dude stabbing keys on a big, beautiful piano, Liza tossing back her head to lyrics like “what a dog,” while Alan Cumming, Nur Khan, Mary Louise Parker, Tony Danza, and Sandra Bernhard sat together. A guest next to me whispered to her friend, “It’s okay if you have to cry.”

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That’s Rose Bar, or perhaps that’s Nur Khan, who is the fun house, creating mad-cap, jazzy evenings by curating the right people, the right performers, the right ambiance. While he’s been fleshing out Don Hill’s with acts like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Courteny Love, Minnelli’s performance might just have set a new tone for Rose Bar’s concert series, moving away from showcase-rockers like Slash and Dave Navarro to achieve an almost tongue-in-cheek, refined vibe at the Gramercy Park Hotel’s hotspot. That’s New York, isn’t it?

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(Photo: Seth Browarnik/WorldRedEye.com)

Where Celebs Go Out: Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes

1. Richard Gere, at the premiere of Brooklyn’s Finest: My favorite restaurant has to be the Bedford Post. 2. Don Cheadle: BOA, in L.A. 3. Ethan Hawke: Manganaro’s, on 9th Avenue. 4. Wesley Snipes: That’s gotta be home. My wife is an excellent cook! Where do I like to go? Oh, La Dinastia, the Cuban-Chinese restaurant on 72nd, near Broadway. 5. Hoda Kobt: I love 21 Club. I love Tabla. I love Shake Shack, just their burgers. ‘Cause the first time I saw a line, I thought, ‘Who would wait in a line this long for a burger?’ And then I realized, ‘I would.’ There’s something about the size, the texture; they’re moist, they’re delicious. And I like Kefi — on Columbus — the best, best Greek food ever, delicious.

6. Antoine Fuqua: Carmine’s. They have Carmine’s in New York and L.A. 7. Richard Belzer: I hang out in bed with my dog! West Branch is one of my favorites. It’s up here on the west side on 77th and Broadway. And all of Drew Nieporent’s restaurants. Yeah, I get around. 8. Wade Allain-Marcus: I go to a spot like Legion in Williamsburg. It’s a bar. It’s a beautiful thing. 9. Nicoye Banks: I like the Hudson. The Hudson’s always good. The Mandarin has a nice lounge on the 35th floor, if you really want to relax, look at Central Park, be smooth. Good restaurant — Parlor Steakhouse on 90th and 3rd. 10. Grizz Chapman: Actually, I work. I don’t really hang out too much. Favorite restaurant is The Palm, the one on the east side. Being that my diet has changed, my favorite dish would, probably, just be vegetables and chicken. 11. Kevin “Dot Com” Brown: I don’t get a chance to hang out, like I used to. I come to these events, and I never remember the name — I just follow the flyer; whatever address is there; I just follow the address. But I never remember the names of the venues. And when you’re not at an event? City Island. I go to Sammy’s — I go to Sammy’s seafood in City Island, and I overeat! 12. Andre Brown: I hang out at the Rose Bar, the GoldBar, Juliet — that’s about it. 13. Daymond John: Restaurants: I always go to Nobu, Blue Ribbon. Bars, I go to Tenjune. Clubs — well, Tenjune’s like a bar and a club — I go to the Greenhouse and I go to M2. 14. Shannon Kane: Wow! I don’t really hang out at a lot of clubs or anything like that, but I have some really great restaurants in L.A. One of them is El Cholo, a Mexican restaurant. Any favorite dish? The vegetarian burrito, and the fresh guacomole — they make right in front of you. 15. Michael Martin: I used to love Bar Code. It’s, actually, gone now. I love club Amnesia, great place. The Tunnel is gone now. Tammany Hall — that’s a great one. 16. Wendy Williams: Victor’s — Cuban food. 17. Sherri Shepherd: There’s a restaurant on 56th, between 8th and 9th called Bricco’s. And it’s just a nice, little family restaurant, and I go there with everybody because they got fresh Italian food, and the owner — oh, my gosh — he kisses you like you’re the most amazing woman in the world! 18. John D’Leo: John’s Pizzeria in the village has, probably, the best pizza in New York. 19. Carrie Lowell: Bedford Post — the restaurant we own. 20. Lili Taylor: I love Bar Pitti. I like the Cuban restaurant in Harlem on 125th. Sylvia’s Soulfood in Harlem. 21. Bethenny Frankel: I like Kraft. I like the Strip House. I like Abe and Arthur’s. I like steakhouses. I need meat on the bone. I need to feed the baby! 22. D’brickashaw Ferguson: Probably, Junior’s. In Brooklyn? Yeah, gotta represent! Other than the cheesecake, I’m a big fan of their barbecued chicken. 23. Ellen Barkin: I don’t have [a favorite restaurant]. 24. Lena Olin @ “Remember Me” premiere: My favorite restaurant in the city is Nobu! 25. Gregory Jbara: The Standard Grill right now is open now till four o’clock in the morning, and they have a phenomenal menu. They have great waitstaff and you can always get a great meal, after the rest of the town is shut down. I’d recommend the oysters. They have a phenomenal selection of east-coast oysters. Also, they serve an appetizer of dried-crust cheese with English radishes. And you look at it on the table and you go, ‘What am I supposed to do with that — plant a garden?!’ And then you taste it, and you go, ‘This is a brilliant, original way to start a meal.’ Corner Bistro has the best burgers, but, if you want the best glass of wine and want to sample wines, you go to Dell’anima, which is down just south of 14th on 8th Avenue. 26. Peyton List: I love going to Dylan’s Candy Bar. I always go there and get treats or chocolates. I, actually, love the bakery called “Baked.” They have the best Chocolate Cloud cookies. What’s that? It’s a chocolate cookie, and it’s really thick and I love it, ’cause it’s so chocolatey, and I love chocolate! 27. Greg Bello: Oh, Jesus! Oh, I can’t give away all those secrets; then everyone’s gonna find out and they’re not going to be hot anymore. I don’t know what to tell you! Actually, probably, the Boom Boom Room is the hottest room in the city right now. 28. Allen Coulter: Del Posto, Peasants, Ouest –said with a French accent, but I can’t do it, Barney Greengrass. 29. Tate Ellington: ‘Cause I live in the Williamsburg area, one of my favorite places is DuMont. DuMac and Cheese is one of the greatest meals I’ve had in New York. There’s a place called Barcade which is pretty wonderful, as far as a bar, but it’s gettin’ a little packed, nowadays, but it’s a good place and the bartenders are nice. Huckleberry Bar is a nice, little cocktail lounge. 30. Peggy Siegal: Oh, I like the Monkey Bar. I like the new Jean-Georges restaurant at The Mark Hotel. I like 21, the Four Seasons, Michael’s, the Waverly Inn, the Standard Hotel. What else have I missed? I don’t know. Any favorite dishes? No, I’m always on a diet!

Where Celebs Go

1. Naomi Campbell @ Interview magazine’s 40th anniversary party: I don’t know. I don’t really live here so much anymore. In London? I don’t live in London. I live in Russia. Favorite restaurant in Russia? Pushkin’s. 2. Chloe Sevigny @ Interview‘s 40th anniversary party: Depends on what I’m in the mood for. I like Jack’s Luxury Oyster Bar in the East Village. I like Balthazar for oysters. I love Raoul’s. 3. Peter Brant @ Interview‘s 40th anniversary party: I would probably say the Four Seasons. I like that restaurant, but I have a lot of favorites. That’s, usually, a favorite of mine. There’s a lot of great things to eat there.

4. Linda Nyvltova @ Interview‘s 40th anniversary party: It’s going to be more restaurants. The pizza place, Vezzo, on 31st and Lexington. I love it. We go there all the time.

5. Brian Ermanski @ Interview‘s 40th anniversary party: Rose Bar. And I don’t really go out that much anymore. I love sitting outside Balthazar. And I don’t drink, so I don’t really like going out to drink a lot. I work a lot.

6. Sam Shipley @ Interview‘s 40th anniversary part: I really like Nancy Whiskey. That’s on the corner of 6th Avenue and Walker. We also love Lucky Strike. We also love Frank’s on 2nd Avenue and E. 6th Street.

7. Genevieve Jones @ Interview‘s 40th anniversary party: I like Café Select. I, usually, go anywhere I can walk downtown, so, like, Balthazar and coffee at Saturday Surf. I like N after work. What else? La Esquina.

8. Jessica Stam @ Interview‘s 40th anniversary party: Really, I just hang out at restaurants close to my house. I like to go to the new restaurant at the Jane Hotel [Café Gitane]. That’s really pretty because it overlooks the ocean. I like to go to Tompkins Square Park. The park itself? Yes.

9. Edward Droste @ Interview‘s 40th anniversary party: My apartment! I love Marlow & Sons. It’s a restaurant in Brooklyn. It’s one of my favorite places. I have friends that work there. I eat there all the time. And I love Mary’s Fish Camp restaurant in the West Village for seafood. But I don’t know anything about clubs, so … I’m good at food.

10. Mary-Kate Olsen @ Interview‘s 40th anniversary party: I’m not doing interviews tonight.

11. Pastor Joel Osteen @ Hezekiah Walker Presents: A Night of Hope and Prayer for Haiti: I ate at Rockefeller Center today, [near] the ice skating rink. In Houston, Texas, there’s a little Italian place that I love to eat at, not too far from my house. I don’t even know the official name of it. I like all kinds of different food.

12. Al Sharpton @ A Night of Hope and Prayer for Haiti: I have several favorite restaurants. I love, of course, Sylvia’s, but I also like to come downtown sometimes to Nello’s. I’m a salad eater now. I don’t eat meat anymore, so just salad and maybe good fish.

13. Congressman Eliot Engel @ AIPAC Northeast Regional Dinner: In the Bronx, when I was growing up, there were many, many, old, wonderful kosher delis, and they really all have disappeared, except for one in Riverdale, called Liebman’s, on W. 235th Street and Johnson Avenue. It’s an old-time New York kosher deli, and no matter where I’ve been around the United States – in Cleveland, in Pittsburgh, in Indianapolis, in Detroit – people say to me, ‘ Oh, you gotta go to this deli. It’s a real, authentic, Jewish-style deli.’ And I go there, and I always think, ‘Oh, my God, it’s so inferior to what we have in New York.!’ So that’s where I like to go.

14. Senator Chuck Schumer @ AIPAC Northeast Regional Dinner: My favorite places are in Brooklyn, and you’ll think this is funny, but Nathan’s is still one of my favorite restaurants for hot dogs and french fries. And go to the original Nathan’s in Coney Island — they taste better! But if you go to Fifth Avenue, and you go to Smith Street, you will have great, great restaurants. And we eat at a lot of them. Al Di La, we love very much. How do I pick my favorite? Best slice of pizza in Brooklyn is Roma Pizza on Seventh Avenue; I’ll tell you that. Here’s what I recommend: Po on Smith Street. It is just great!

15. Chris Blackwell @ Strawberry Hill, Jamaica: As I spend most of my time in Jamaica, when I go to New York, I love to check out wherever anybody is saying is a new place or is a great place. So, I’m not really a creature of habit, in going back to one restaurant, all the time. And in Jamaica? If you like the mountains, here is the best place, Strawberry Hill. If you like the sea and the beaches, there are three or four different places that are really good. There’s Port Antonio; and there’s a place called Frenchmen’s Cove, which is just stunningly beautiful. You can’t stay there; you can just visit and swim there. I have a property called Goldeneye, which is in Oracabessa. And then there’s a really nice hotel in Ocho Rios called Jamaica Inn. And Montego Bay is the other main area, and they have a couple of great hotels. One is Half Moon, and the other is Round Hill. And then there’s the South Coast, which has got a whole different feel. It’s, like as if you’ve gone to a different country. There’s a great place there called Jake’s. And Jake’s is, actually, a very casual type hotel, in a whole village area.

16. Daljit Dhaliwal @ History Makers conference: Right now I haven’t been doing an awful lot of entertaining, going out and being sociable. I just bought a new apartment and I’m learning how to use tools. I know how to use a screwdriver and I’m contemplating the electric drill. [There’s] some spackling, sanding and painting. I like to hang out in my neighborhood. Cafe Julienne, a bistro, serves wonderful French fare, nice hamburgers, great pate, nice cheeses, and good wine. In London, I love Notting Hill, Portabella Market — a fabulous place to hang out Saturday or any day of the week. Westborne Park, Grove and Road: West End. London is great for shopping.

NYC: All the Week’s Parties, Steve Lewis’s Birthday and Superbowl Sunday

Socials and fashionistas might be fasting in prep for Fashion Week, but we take the side of Ernest Hemingway, who said “Drinking is a way of ending the day.” This week, with the Superbowl taking over pubs, Steve Lewis is taking over Lit for birthday party and drinkers taking over the MoMa for First Thursdays, there are plenty of ways to end the day well. If you aren’t in the mood for hooch, there are events for talking about alcohol, a giant Sleepover party and cozy cupcake affairs.

Eclectic, StraightTUESDAY

Lowdown: The hipsters infiltrate the clubs, Nur Kahn maintains at Rose Bar, and our dearest Steve Lewis has a Birthday! 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. ● 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. ●Superdive(East Village) – Champagne Tuesdays. Champagne in a dive bar. Say no more. ● SL (Meatpacking District) – Might be able to add another notch on its belt; Tuesdays are hot at SL. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – Green followers love Tuesdays too. Other Things to Try:About Town: Lit, which has been under fire from the health department for lighting up will be hosting Good Night Mr. Lewis’ birthday bash tonight. Bring ear plugs, Steve is playing DJ (I kid Steve! You’re a musical talent!!) ●Free Booze: It’s Trainwreck Tuesday at Angels & Kings. This means two open vodka bars with no cover. The first freebie power half-hour: 10pm-10:30pm, the second from 1-1:30am. Happy Ending has free vodka from 11-12am at their weekly Disco Down party with 66Sick, and Brooklyn’s Glasslands Gallery has free beer from 9-10pm with live performances by War Game, Workout and Hallelujah.

WEDNESDAY

Lowdown: Hump day isn’t just for humping. 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 — bottle models pack it in pre-1Oak and Boom Boom Room. ● 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. ● subMercer(Soho) – You may have forgotten about this celeb-laden underground, but she’s back, along with her FAM (Friends and Music). Featuring Gabby, Richard and Tariq.

Meet The FAM – 8pm Wednesdays @ subMercer from Tariq Abdus-Sabur on Vimeo.

Su Casa (Greenwich Village)- The kids from Upstairs (remember Upstairs? Leo Di doesn’t either) are putting together this new party. Heavy on the gays and the girls. ● 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. image Other Things to Try:About Town:The Constellations play Brooklyn Bowl, Royal Wednesdays @ Le Souk Harem tries to bring some heat to Wednesdays, and if you have 1K for a ticket or 10K for a table, then clear your calendars for International Women’s Health Coalition 2010 Gala @ Cipriani’s 42nd Street. Having a Julie & Julia moment? Tom Colicchio, Dan Barber, Jacques Torres and Andre Soltner get together for a Doing What You Love talk at 8pm at 92Y

THURSDAY

Lowdown: This is Manhattanites’ Friday night, which explains why Butter is moved their dancey Friday party — Whipped — to Thursdays. 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 over-saturated 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. ● 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. Avenue, Boom Boom Room and 1Oak are still a great standby for good times, while the down belows like Macao’s basement opium den, is also great. ● Butter (Noho) – Thursday-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. Other Things to Try:About Town: Kiss & Fly reopens with a new look, hopefully a look that will be more conductive to maintaining a vibe of any kind. Marissa Meltzer celebrates her new book Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music at Pianos (totes crashing), and it’s the First Thursday of the Month at MoMa, a night in which the museum stasy open until 8:45 pm with gallery talks, audio tours, and film screenings that are free with the price of admission. Drinkers: the main atrium will have a cash bar.

FRIDAY

Lowdown: Are Fridays cool again? 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. ● 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. Other Things to Try:About Town: Ra Ra Riot and The Antlers play BAM, Hotchip plays the Highline Ballroom and RuPaul is at Borders at Columbus Circle to sign books at 7 p.m. If you want something a little more low key, go talk about the 10 Most Famous Hotel Bars (and their 10 Best Cocktails) at the Astor Center at 6:30 p.m.

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. Other Things to Try:About Town:The Ritz Carlton Central Park begins its annual “Valentine Cupcake Tea”, which is a great way to spend lazy weekends in cozy and expensive knitwear if you have the $28 bucks to spend on cupcakes, tea or hot chocolate. The LOOM Party, which is a month long art installation at 1087 Flushing Avenue in Brooklyn, kicks off with free beer all night, sponsored and VICE Magazine. Also, get out your footie pajamas, it’s the Sleepover at the American Museum of Natural History!

Superbowl SUNDAY

Lowdown: Sundays have been a solid party night, even through the bluster of the winter season. Hot Now:GoldBar (Nolita) – Frequented by the Ronson clan and celebfolk who go unrecognized by a collection of spendy bankers. A favorite amongst models, Danny Masterson, and DJ Jesse Marco. ● Sway (Sway) – Moroccan themed bar has become the Pants on the Ground song. Sort of creepy, but a guilty pleasure and viral. ● Greenhouse (Soho) – The Van Dam party begs the question: Where is Jean Claude Van Dam? ● White Slab Palace (Lower East Side) – Another odd place to stumble into late night. Hit or miss and always a “Where did all of these people come from?” moment. Other Things To Try:Free Booze: Home Sweet Home tries to offer an alterna-Sway with their new Sunday party, N.W.N.S (No Way No Sway). Enjoy an open vodka bar from 10:30pm-11pm with no cover. If you’re looking for some Brooklyn brew, check out Savalas for “Shake Your Brass Sundays with Wolff” night. They’re hawking free Yuengling from 8-9pm. ● Superbowl Sunday: It’s a given that the sports-loving venue trio Hudson Terrace, Village Pourhouse & Sidebar will be up to some antics. Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge in Manhattan is having a Super Bowling party with an open bar from 6-9pm, a ribs and wings buffet, and 21 big screens. You should probably get your tickets in advance (like, now). If you’re a Saints fan, get down to your southern roots at an all-you-can-eat Super Bowl Buffet at B.B. Kings Blues Club at 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY

Lowdown: Monday night means getting rid of your Sunday hangover. 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. ● Black & White (Greenwich Village) – Restaurant becomes cramped, sexy, and very cozy after ten. ● Johnny Utah’s (Midtown West) Football season is over, but it’s still industry night here. Other Things to Try:About Town: On the 8th Yeasayer plays the Bowery BallroomFree Booze: I’ve yet to check it out, but the Arcade party comes to Darkroom with free vodka and free cover from 11-12pm, while Danzie and James Morley spin.