Forget the corkscrew. At The Bubble Lounge, a long sword is the most spectacular method of opening a bottle, and the staff here executes this saboring ritual every night of the week. It's just an added dash of entertainment to the regular lineup of live DJs.
So, just how many bubbles are at The Bubble Lounge? It would take a team of scientists or a very verbose toastmaster to answer that particular question. Bartenders pour more than 300 champagnes and sparkling wines by the glass and bottle?not to mention cognacs, scotches, and signature cocktails such as the Bubble Truffle: champagne, raspberry liquor, and dark Godiva chocolate.
These drinks are served to patrons lounging on plush couches and chairs, which line exposed brick walls supporting shelf after shelf of champagne bottles. To complement the drink and conversation, chefs prepare shareable small plates such as crispy crab cakes and mini cheeseburgers.
Live musicians roll out rollicking, crowd-pleasing hits by request to suffuse the walls with familiar melodies at Tobacco Road's Shake Rattle & Roll Dueling Pianos' show. Backed by a powerful drummer, the duo of ivory-ticklers serve up pop-music staples all night, channeling the talents of revered songsmiths such as Billy Joel, Journey, Lady Gaga, and the Beatles. Guests join in during each energetic performance by raising their voices in song, moving their feet in dance, or lifting their air guitars in blistering, make-believe solos.
Internationally renowned comedians descend from the summits of stardom to transform Tribeca Comedy Club into an uproarious sea of laughter during a full schedule of performances. Inside an intimate, 125-seat venue, the club welcomes to its stage renowned, laugh-luring gurus who have graced the spotlights of HBO, Comedy Central, and NBC's Saturday Night Live, including heavy hitters such as Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld. Tribeca Comedy Club ushers in the New Year with a gut-busting bang during its All-Star Comedy series, featuring five headliners, two up-and-coming acts, and one astutely trained Applause sign per show. As quipsters position themselves in front of the exposed-brick wall and lob jokes toward the audience, guests can enjoy pizza and a glass of wine apiece before gathering the courage to whisper their own ideas for a comedy bit into empty glasses.
Every evening at El Corazón is a different experience. Although the downtown venue is best known for its rock ‘n’ roll attitude, its calendar presents a genre-defying variety including comedy shows and punk, electroclash, postrock, and postman rock concerts. The majority of their shows are all ages, with a special bar area for the 21-and-up crowds.
“My love of cooking started in childhood making raviolis with my mother and grandmother,” Brick NYC's executive chef Warren Schierenbeck told Food Network in his finalist interview for the Chopped competition. The man behind Brick NYC's authentic Italian cuisine, Schierenbeck applies his childhood experiences when preparing large portions of colorful, handcrafted pastas, artisan bread, and cured meats. At wine-tasting and pizza-making events, Schierenbeck's team of convivial foodsmiths shares its culinary know-how, elucidating the olfactory properties of Italian and American varietals and teaching basic math by slicing pizzas into fractions. The restaurant's airy, rustic dining hall sets the stage for both dining and learning, surrounding patrons in brick walls draped with orange curtains.
The Tribeca Grand, located on Avenue of the Americas in its namesake TriBeCa neighborhood, is quickly becoming a symbol of this affluent district. Comprising the area delineated by Canal Street, Broadway, the Hudson River and Vesey Street, this formerly bohemian enclave has come to represent the super-rich, while elegant touches still showcase the Tribeca Grand’s stance as a neighborhood leader in design. A vintage clock at the hotel’s entrance marks the location, while the exterior combines the industrial elements found in loft buildings throughout the area and a post-World War II interior blends in a few modern accents. The results are nostalgic without being dated, as guests pony up for one of the 200-plus guest rooms and well-appointed suites. The aptly-named downstairs Lobby Bar stands in for a quick drink, while nearby restaurants, bars, art galleries and vintage shops in the neighborhood keep schedules packed.