Thursday, June 4, 2009

Angels and Kings, Avenue, The Gates and Le Souk



The New York Nights Club Report for June 4, 2009

Compiled by Gamal Hennessy

Opening
Avenue
(Urban Daddy)
The successful Marquee crew bring a new lounge to Chelsea


Re-Opening
Le Souk
(The Villager)
A judge decides to give the Alphabet City lounge another liquor license.


Closed
Angels and Kings
(People)
Pete Wentz’s East Village bar was closed for serving liquor to minors again


Review
The Gates
Address: 290 8th Avenue
Website:
http://www.thegatesnyc.com/default.asp

Space: 3
The interior design of the Gates is upscale and luxurious. Everything from the bar fixtures to the seating looks expensive. The minimal space is maximized for bottle service and being seen. The physical location of the space is isolated from other nightlife venues. It’s between the West Chelsea strip and the Flatiron venues which will either raise its exclusive status or hinder its attraction for club hoppers.

Service: 4
The doorman, host and bartenders were quick, courteous and professional. But keep in mind I saw the place during a press party, so everyone might have just been on their best behavior to avoid bad reviews. Still, I’ve been to press parties will poor service, so we’ll give credit where it’s due.

Sound: 3
The music selection of the evening seemed to be Top 40 hits from the 50’s and 60’s. While some of the men in the crowd might have been alive or recognized this music, I’m sure almost none of the twenty something women in attendance knew any of those songs. Having said that, the DJ worked the system enough to fill the room but not too much to keep people from talking…and he scored points for being different.

Cost: 2
I paid $16 for a Black and Coke. I’m under the impression that all the drinks cost $16, no matter how simple or elaborate.

Overall: 3 out of 5
The Gates might succeed as a high end lounge if enough the patrons want to get away from the other club areas and enjoy opulence behind an impressive fa├žade.

Have fun.
G

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