New York’s Fashion’s Night Out Celebrates Second Year

Most people don’t remember their first Fashion’s Night Out—and with good reason. More than 800 retailers stayed open late to support and celebrate the fashion industry over a soundtrack of corks popping, Belve flowing, and text messages calling in sick flying to bosses. If this year’s Fall Fashion Week, expected to be the largest public fashion show to date, with more than 150 top models stalking the runways and seats for more than 1,500 spectators, is any indication, Fashion’s Night Out is equally going to be one for the books.

For one night only on September 10th, New York City’s local retailers will stay open late, hosting unique in-store events, DJs, customized cocktails, fashionistas galore, celebrity appearances, and more—and there are almost a thousand stores participating. Also during this time, NYC & Company is partnering with 40 fashionable hotels to show visitors the couture side of the city. Deals include discounted rates, gift cards, continental breakfasts, complimentary cocktails, and Fashion’s Night Out apparel and canvas tote bags for shopping sprees the night of. Participating hotels include Fashion 26, Hudson New York, and The Pierre New York (a Taj hotel), among other distinctive hotels. The streets will be flooded with fashionable crowds all evening, so please don’t wear your Tevas.

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.

Society Says: Mumbai, We Got Your Back

Obama is here. At least that is the adrenaline-inducing catchphrase being tossed around the lobby of The Pierre. I hold my breath as secret service agents and suited-up black tie security whisk someone passed me. To my left is a ballroom filled with Victoria’s Secret pink bags and a band singing a Black Eyed Peas cover. Certainly not the event I am here for, and it doesn’t seem like the Obama lackeys are headed there either. As the security cloud saunters into the “To India with Love” Assouline book launch party, I realize it is not B.O. but Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri and his wife, on their way to join Waris Ahluwalia, Lauren Santo Domingo, Tory Burch, and Natalie Portman to raise spirits, awareness, and funds by leveraging the creative arts to draw attention to the people and culture of India.

In recognition and support for all who were affected nearly a full year ago in the November 2008 tragedy in Mumbai, “To India with Love” is a collection of love letters to the country of India — personal photos, stories, and memories from contributors who “completely fell in love with India, and wanted to share how much they felt for this place. Nearly everyone I’ve known who has ever visited this placed has kept it in their hearts as something magical,” Waris Ahluwalia told me a few weeks ago in anticipation of the event he felt so strongly about. Assouline’s Mimi Crume says, “Waris came to me with a list of people he thought he could get to contribute to the book. I laughed at the list and told him we’d do it if he could actually get every single person to contribute. He did — he got every person on that list.”

Contributors include Adrien Brody, Kenneth Cole, Silvia Fendi, Diane von Furstenberg, Elizabeth Hurley, Evelyn Lauder, Natalie Portman, Rachel Roy, Owen Wilson, and Matthew Williamson, among others. Profits from the book and contributions raised from affiliated events go directly to Taj Public Service Welfare Trust in conjunction with Mumbai: We Got Your Back! (WGYB!), an organization founded by the three editors, jewelry designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia, Tina Bhojwani, and Mortimer Singer. To really up the ante, it was also Ahluwalia’s birthday, which gave revelers even more reason’s to party amid the finger food and bubbly. “My mom is here!” Ahluwalia said excitedly — a guest that would have certainly eclipsed Obama’s presence, had he attended.

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

Industry Insiders: Charlie Palmer, Haute American

Charlie Palmer, celeb chef extraordinaire, is about to move his Upper East Side flagship Aureole to fancy new digs on Bryant Park. Here’s Charlie on being a Giuliani guy, trading blue collar for haute cuisine, and getting shaken down by shifty garbage men.

Point of Origin: I started cooking when I was in junior high school in upstate New York. I grew up in a little town called Smyrna, near Colgate University. I was a football player, I was a jock … hunting and fishing, and stuff like that. … I thought, “God, this cooking thing appeals to me a lot more than what my brothers were doing or what my dad was doing. Maybe this is something I could really get into.” That’s when I realized that I really loved doing this. From that point on it kind of took off. I went to Culinary Institute of America and then right to New York City, with the intention of working in New York for three years or so in 1979.

I was working for the most part in the classic French restaurants. I worked at La Cote Basque when I first came to New York, and then in the summer I worked at Lutece for a while — it was all kind of those restaurants. That was kind of the standard for me. That’s what my training was at the Culinary Institute: it was classical French basics. But then I became the chef at the River Café, which was kind of a new thing, and really kind of explored the fact that I’m an American guy — I’m not French.

Current Biz: Aureole came about because I said I wanted to do my own restaurant; I had a number of different business opportunities with different partners, and I said I want to compete in this realm, and, for me, [the Upper East Side] had to be the location. It had to be at a level that I felt was competing with the Cote Basques, and the Le Cirques … that kind of restaurant. I didn’t want to be downtown; I wanted it to be a head-to-head kind of thing. That’s why my business partner originally found [the Aureole building]. I said it had to be a brownstone because I wanted it to be kind of the American Lutece; it had to be between 59th and 72nd, and it had to be between Fifth Avenue and Park Avenue. Those were the parameters. And he actually found three different locations. Obviously, we ended up with this one, which I felt was the best.

I really wanted to build my own restaurant. But at the time, it was Black Monday in the 80s [laughs]. I can’t tell you how many people looked at me like, “What are you, crazy?! You’re opening up a [haute] restaurant in maybe the worst economy we’ve seen in how many years!” And I’m like, “What am I to do? I’m pregnant here! It’s almost three-fourths dilated! Whatever, it’s not like I’m not gonna open!” And, knock on wood, we were successful from day one. We got our share of good reviews and we got our share of payback sometimes with the critics. I was a very boisterous kind of guy back then. Now I’m a little more reserved. I was kind of a renegade in a lot of ways. You had nothing to lose. You’re 27, 28 years old, you had no family, no…you know? Nothin’ to lose.

How did you end up in Vegas? Originally, I was approached by the people at The Venetian. And then, after talking to them for a while I said, “This is not for me.” It wasn’t the right partnership. But I had met this guy, Bill Richardson, who was like the number two guy at Mandalay Bay. Bill’s probably like the most un-Vegas kind of guy, and he’s a Vegas native, lived there all his life. He gets it, he’s very calm, the kind of guy that you feel … I mean, I did that deal on a handshake. A million-dollar deal on a handshake. No paperwork, nothing. I mean, eventually we did contracts, but that’s how good I felt about him. And I still think the same thing. We’re business partners now in other ventures 10 years later.

Favorite Hangs: I love to go to France. I love Burgundy. I’ve always been a big fan of Burgundy and those wines in general. Pinot Noir is my gig. Inspirationally, France and Italy are [the places where] I get excited. I used to go a lot to Europe, but once you have family, you don’t go a lot. We usually still go to France once a year. I worked outside of Lyon, so, that’s kind of always been [an important place].

Recollections: Before Giuliani was elected, we would have people come out of our restaurant and I would literally have to have them escorted to The Pierre because they could possibly get mugged. And they got mugged! A couple from Texas walked out one night and got mugged on the corner of Madison and 61st Street. This day and age that’s unimaginable! I’m a Giuliani guy. 100% Giuliani. I like Bloomberg — I think Bloomberg’s great — but Giuliani’s my guy. I’m a businessman in New York. I had garbage guys that were shaking me down for years — Giuliani put ‘em all in jail! [laughs] I was like, OK, now you can conduct real business, business as it should be. Fair-trade kind of thing.

You’ve got a multi-million dollar restaurant empire. Do you still go in the kitchen? Oh yeah. My philosophy is: I’m an operations guy. I came to that conclusion about five years ago. I was getting so caught up in all the corporate administrative stuff that has to be done, but you know, it’s not my gig. I like the nitty gritty. Interacting with the customers, the guys in the kitchen, working with the guys at the front of the house, working with the sommeliers. I mean, wine is such a big part of what we do, and they always joke that I could [really mess with] someone if I really wanted to. I mean, I am a better taster than most of these guys [laughs]. Of course they won’t agree with it half the time, but …