- Subtonic Lounge
107 Norfolk St., 212-358-7501
Minimal techno from record labels like Perlon and Kompakt is dance music’s latest biggest cult fixture, and it has a devoted following among New Yorkers who swoon for heady electronic textures. The faithful come to this dark basement room every Friday for “The Bunker” party, where resident D.J. Spinoza spins hits that make tastemakers’ tongues go numb, and impressive guest lineups play like alien ambassadors from the dreamiest reaches of Berlin and Cologne. D.J.’s like Triple R, Sammy Dee, and Oliver Hacke command bigger stages at home, but they get equally amped by the fervent and knowledgeable crowd that comes to dance here.
Best German Techno Club
From the 2006 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).