Torch Velvet Lounge's numerous plush couches and candles surround imbibers as they sample decadent cocktails and martinis. Potable creations burst forth in forms such as the Captain's Choice, a mix of Captain Morgan rum and orange curacao splashed with Bacardi 151 and drizzled with cinnamon and caramelized sugar, much like most tax forms ($11). Sate sweet teeth with the Grapes of Wrath, a blend of Smirnoff watermelon, white-grape juice, and Red Bull ($11). The Mint Chocolate Chip's mélange of Rumple Minze, Bailey's Irish Cream, Godiva, and Hershey's-chocolate-dappled rim whets palates tired from sharing ideas or saying "palate" ($11), and the occasional disc jockey spins tunes on-site to keep energies high.
Suede Supper Club bids 2011 adieu with a lush celebration brimming with live DJ sets, snacks and libations, and extensive Times Square coverage. Patrons can try out new dance moves or dust off old replicas of Fred Astaire to move-inducing tunes spun by a DJ in the Red Bull Lounge. Bars lining a champagne deck decant $2 well drinks, Sam Adams drafts, and wine pours from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with appetizers available until 10 p.m. Party people grab fists full of favors, such as hats and whistles, to ring in the New Year and terrify the old one until it cowers in the corner. Adding a visual coda and figurative bookend, 12 televisions will broadcast the New York City ball drop as revelers revel, and a food truck will be idling outside to keep bodies fueled for the rest of the party until 3 a.m.
Eileen, named Best New Boutique by Phoenix Magazine in 2009, fills its fortress of fashion with reasonably priced and ravishingly stylish women's attire. Pair a comfortable, fun top ($19–$29) with one of many versatile jeans and skirts ($24–$39) for a day of demolition-derby driving, or pick up a dazzling dress ($29–$32) to wear for your lecture on the Cartan-Kuranishi prolongation theorem at Bingo Night next week. Jewelry, intimates, assorted accessories, and handbags round out Eileen's roster, including Melie Bianco handbags, adding luster to your arm like a giant diamond where you also store your cherry-flavored keys and car-door-unlocking chap stick.
Glossy, tall tables and funky decorative woodwork on the walls make Daniel's Restaurant & Lounge feel like a ritzy nightclub lounge. The tapas is just as distinctive as the decor—tastes from all over the globe come together in each small plate made with locally sourced ingredients. Feel free to try Greek lamb sliders alongside tandoori chicken skewers. Or sample miniature sushi tuna pizzas alongside tender carolina crab cakes. The portions are more substantial than your typical tapas joint, too. Still, if you want something other than small plates, Daniel's also offers a more straightforward selection of steaks and seafood, including their signature surf and turf, NY strip steak, and slow-cooked, herb roasted chicken. After dinner hours, Daniel's transforms into a nightclub and hosts DJs and dance parties.
Alonzo Boschulte remembers his own stage fright when he guides beginning students onto the dance floor. With years of training, he grew from an amateur to a certified ballroom teacher and professional competitor registered with the National Dance Council. At Savannah Ballroom Dancing, he strives to echo this journey by transforming total novices into confident twirlers.
Lessons in more than 15 varieties of Latin and ballroom dance occupy the school's floor space. With pupils ranging in age from 6 to older than 80, the instructors stress the importance of mixing private, group, and practice classes to expose everyone to different dance scenarios. They also laud the fitness benefits of learning to dance, which hones one's sense of rhythm and muscular strength more safely than being at the bottom of a vertical conga line.