Boîte: Paradise Club
Times Square will be the crossroads of the world, however in phrases of night time life it would as effectively be the Bermuda Triangle: a spot the place huge desires go to fade. So go away it to Ian Schrager, the hotelier and former Studio 54 co-founder, to attempt to deliver some nocturnal buzz again.
In March, he opened Paradise Club, a Weimar-ready cabaret spectacle at his newest resort, the 452-room Times Square Edition. It contains a two-hour flooring present, “The Devouring” (courtesy of House of Yes), that may be a high-concept reimagining of a William Blake poem and options half-clothed acrobats, ballerinas and an operatic cowl of “Closer” by Nine Inch Nails. The total impact is someplace between Cirque du Soleil and a Super Bowl halftime present, reimagined by Twyla Tharp.
The membership is on the seventh flooring of the Tokyo-style resort, the place the elevator opens onto a darkened house the scale of a big New York steakhouse. The décor feels very den-of-sin, with its Hieronymous Bosch-inspired murals and a gloriously hellish crimson electrical supernova overlaying the ceiling.
With a ticket value of $195 (dinner is included; drinks will not be), the cabaret crowd is what it’s possible you’ll anticipate: hedge-fund sorts rocking hockey-puck-size watches and designer wrap clothes; middle-aged tech bros in expensive-looking black T-shirts; executive-class vacationer on the lookout for a bit New York intercourse and sizzle; and the occasional desk full of membership children in black eye shadow, all grown up and apparently able to courageous Midtown. Diners on a relative price range can select to take a seat on the bar for $95 (snacks included).
The present bubbles together with a globe-trotting mix of soul-tinged dance music and electronica (“Can’t Turn Around,” by the Foreign Exchange; “Yali Yali” by Nese Karabocek). After the two-hour extravaganza, the house turns into a nightclub, with big-name D.J.s together with Q-Tip, Mark Ronson and Questlove spinning.
Patrons feeling flush can spring for a $670 bottle of 2006 Tattinger Comtes de Champagne or sample a $25 Manhattan (bourbon or tequila) from a drink trolley that circles the room. The 12-course menu includes caviar nachos and Yozu oysters on the half shell, courtesy of John Fraser, a Michelin-starred chef.
Paradise Club, 20 Times Square (near West 47th Street); 917-558-0376; paradiseclubnyc.com. Cabaret show, Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Dance party, Thursday through Saturday, 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.
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