|Courtesy of Experimental Cocktail Club|
The Bouncers: Covering the door at other hot spots as well (The Box and Hakkasan among them), these guys mean business. While kind upon exiting, we got some major grief when we approached the entrance, and wouldn't have been admitted unless our companion had visited earlier and made nice with the owners. There wasn't any sort of line or wait, but if you don't have reservations, prepare to be turned away unless you know someone inside.
|Experience No. 2|
The Space: Given that the original in Paris was inspired by New York bars, the pressed tin ceiling and handsome wood and marble bar shouldn't come as a surprise. The location is comprised of two rooms - the first more open, featuring bamboo-patterned wallpaper, plush lounge chairs and a DJ booth set in an old fireplace, and the other showcasing a separate bar, secluded nooks and an eye-catching mural. And since we heard multiple people asking for the restroom, here's a tip: it's straddling both rooms, against the back wall. 'Hommes' means men, 'Femmes' means women. Our friend found out the hard way...you're welcome.
The Tunes: Expect a varied mix of genres, ranging from Hot Chip and disco to French classics and big band recordings.
The Crowd: Though we were given some trouble at the door, inside wasn't particularly busy. While sure to be a scene, for the time being patrons included an intimate mix of well-heeled groups, Francophiles and solo industry-types. As we were leaving, couples took to the space near the DJ booth to dance, but thankfully, Avenue this is not.
The Details: 191 Chrystie Street; for reservations, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org