Club Spotlight: Lavo (New York, NY)

blame it on Shake September 13, 2012

Situated in the space formerly occupied by Au Bar, Lavo is both night club and restaurant, with the dining space upstairs boasting some fine Italian cuisine designed by Chef Manuel Treviño, formerly of Travertine and Mario Batali’s hugely successful Babbo. But downstairs is where the clubbin’ happens, with an army of rotating DJs too long to even attempt to list here. Partnered on by Mark Packer and Rich Wolfe of Tao (which is across the street), and Noah Tepperberg and Jason Strauss of Avenue, Marquee and many others, Lavo’s original flagship is in the Palazzo in Las Vegas, but the club’s New York satellite opened in 2010 (making it somewhat of an anomaly, with clubs tending to originate elsewhere then go to Vegas, not the other way around). Since its opening, the bathhouse-themed Lavo has been home to pulsating beats, models upon models upon bottles of champagne (often with sparklers sticking out of them), and your occasional Victoria’s Secret after-party.

While the club and the restaurant are technically separate venues, keep in mind that having a dinner reservation only helps your chances for getting into the club afterwards (though engulfing too many Kobe meatballs or rack veal chops might make dancing a tad more taxing). The restaurant also hosts a weekly champagne brunch on Saurdays from 2 – 6 PM (only in New York City does brunch begin at 2 and go until 6), which, during the summer, takes on a very colorful name deriding the Hamptons that is unfit for reprinting here. As for your time in the club itself, bottle service is certainly recommended, but be prepared to possibly go into hock in order to enjoy it. Though gorgeous bikini-clad models rarely wait on you for free now, do they?

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