Some things are more advantageous when packaged as a dynamic duo: washing machines that double as dryers, soap that cleans both body and hair, a deep-fryer capable of administering flu shots, etc. Today’s Groupon lets you capitalize on a hybrid of the gastronomic variety: the resto-lounge. Twenty-five dollars gets you $50 worth of food and drink at the extravagantly deco Bancroft Supperclub, located right in the restored Bancroft Hotel on Collins Avenue.
This epicurean emporium houses several bars, an outdoor lounge, an award-winning chef, and a catwalk should you decide to strut off your gut after dining. This isn't one of those restaurants that makes you cook your own groceries in the back of a moving car, this is the real sit-down deal; arrive early to take full advantage of the offerings, starting with the opulently organic menu developed by Tim Andriola. For dinner, the chilled asparagus soup cooked with Alaskan king crab is a refreshing way to get started. Try the über-buttery Maine lobster served with sweet potato gnocchi, vanilla, and English peas, or the homemade fettuccini tossed with oven dried heirloom tomatoes, crunchy pine nuts, and organic spinach. Animal-protein lovers will appreciate the Wagyu beef tenderloin with luscious mushrooms, roasted onions, fava beans, and truffled pecorino. Count on the entrées to be super fresh since ingredients come from organic farms and all meats are all natural, hormone free and grass fed.
After 11-ish, Bancroft Supperclub morphs into an upscale nightclub complete with velvet ropes, a dance floor (not made of velvet), and a live DJ (possibly made of velvet). Plush banquettes set to the side of the room are prime for people-watching. The restaurant’s lavender-lit geometric screens and throbbing beats will enhance your buzz from the bubbly and prevent you from nodding off into a post-meal velvet nap.
Yelpers give Bancroft Supperclub three stars; there are some spotty reviews for long lines, but overall diners found the food to be delicious. One CitySearcher concurs, praising standout menu items and a wild vibe:
- Diners arrive early, drawn in by the foodie fare crafted by Timo's executive chef. Menu highlights include a goat cheese and pistachio-crusted lamb, squid ink pasta, and Kobe beef short ribs. – Rick Munarriz, Citysearch
- Overall: Great food, very good service, excellent vibe and solid DJ. – Jay H., Yelp
- To be frank, I am not your South Beach clubber but the music and paparazzi lights took me back to fun younger years. – Yeleny S., Yelp
Turning the Tables
After dinner hours, Bancroft Supperclub opens up a dance floor, complete with live DJ. As its reputation continues to grow, some of the hottest mix-masters and turntablists are lining up for guest spots. Here are some famous faces who might stop by if you’re lucky:
DJ Amy Benneton: Former child starlet of the sitcom Blame it on Bradford and the popular Hershie! film series, Amy Benneton grew to surpass the fame of her talking harp seal co-star and left acting entirely for a job on the DJ circuit. Now, at 21 years old, she’s finally old enough to drink in the clubs in which she performs, but refrains, due to her crippling allergy to fun.
DJ Rth Ridic: This geriatric gangster kicks it old–old school. Clocking in at 107 years young, DJ Rth Ridic (formerly Arthur Clemens) holds the BlarneyStout™ World’s Record for Oldest Performing DJ, as well as the Mel Pritzker Lifetime Achievement Award for Angry Americans. Possessing an unrivaled collection of Civil War–era wax recordings, DJ Rth Ridic is also the only DJ currently working who is wholly unaware of the existence of rap music.
DJ Fuzzy Grumbles: Actual baby bear.
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1501 Collins Ave
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