ON THE TOWN: THE MEATPACKING DISTRICT

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Lifestyle & Culture

When I was a girl the Meatpacking District was known for large slaughterhouses, tranny hookers, the Mafia, drugs and sex clubs.  The vices in the Meatpacking District almost overshadowed the meat and it was one of the best places to find sin in New York City, outsideTimes Square of course.

Now Gansevoort Market is a far cry from the days when transsexual prostitutes skulked around corners and the Mafia ruled the slaughterhouses with an iron, Black Hand.  The Meatpacking District is one of the chicest areas in the city with restaurants, bars and clubs that play host to the fierce and fabulous as well as some of the best designer boutiques.  If you are visiting NYC this summer or at any time, here are my choices for the best that the Meatpacking District has to offer.

DINING

RdV

409 W. 13th St. New York, NY 10014

212-675-3300

www.rdvlounge.com

After stepping down a dimly lit stairway, you arrive in a sexy subterranean chill zone.  RdV takes elegance underground with its plush Baroque style furniture and potted banana trees that add a tropical feel.  The candlelit private dining room is a hideaway within a hideaway and provides its diners with an intimate experience.  The cuisine definitely lives up to the opulent French setting.  I recommend Foie Gras Terrine for an appetizer and Truffled Chicken or Pan Seared Wild Stripped Bass for the main course.  RdV holds 150 guests and is the perfect lounge to drink and dine when planning a grown and sexy gathering with friends.

Bagatelle

409 W 13th St. New York, NY 10014

212-675-2400

Above ground designer David Graziano, designer of RdV, created a posh French bistro.  Bagatelle has been dubbed the place to eat for the rich and trendy and is also known for their brunch.  I recommend Dimanche - Poule-au-Pot and the Potato Puree.  Recently the crisp white walls of Bagatelle framed the artwork of Russell Young.  Bagatelle hosted a live art installation of Russell Young’s History of Violence series this past spring.  And if you are going to the Caribbean this summer check out Bagatelle’s sister restaurant in Turks and Caicos.  Great food + great atmosphere = a complete dining experience.

 

 

PARTY

Cielo

18 Little West 12th Street New York, NY 10014
212 242-8537
www.cieloclub.com 

Besides the great décor, which resembles a log cabin, the sunken dance floor, and outdoor back yard that has heated lamps in the winter, this club plays host to some of the legends of dance music.  Francois K., Marques Wyatt, Jojo Flores, Junior Vasquez and Roger Sanchez have all spun in their DJ booth.  Louie Vega and Kevin Hedge hold their Roots party every week on Wednesday.  Cielo is an absolute must for anyone who seriously loves dance music.

 

Kiss & Fly

409 W. 13th Street New York, NY 10014

212-255-1933

www.kissandflyclub.com

With the opening of Kiss & Fly lavishness has been brought back to NYC nightlife.  This club caters to the sophisticated and fabulous.  Kiss & Fly is Dom Perignon’s flagship club in the United States. Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld designed a mural for the club that is the backdrop to the $18,000 bottles of Dom Perignon that are on display and on the wine list.  Kiss & Fly also boasts 28 VIP areas with their own “private” dance floor that is raised behind the table.  Fire acts, aerial shows, stilted performances, fire throwers turn this nightclub experience into an extravaganza.

 

 

STAY

Hotel Gansevoort

18 Ninth Ave. New York, NY 10014

212-206-6700

www.hotelgansevoort.com

Hotel Gansevoort offers awe-inspiring 360 degree panoramic views of New York City and is the only luxury, full service resort in the Meatpacking District.  Hotel Gansevoort offers an elegant getaway to its patrons.  The hotel has 187 guestrooms and 23 suites.  The rooms are lavish, but with a minimalist aesthetic. The duplex penthouse houses a Jacuzzi and fireplace.  Hotel Gansevoort also has 45-foot heated outdoor rooftop pool with underwater lights and music everyday as well as a swanky rooftop loft and spa. Designer David Graziano also places his stamp on the Hotel Gansevoort making the hotel the fourth business in the Meatpacking District that has been touched by his chic  style.  Upon walking out of the Hotel Gansevoort, be prepared to take on the cobbled-stone splendor of the new Meatpacking District.

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