Mon-Sat, 5pm-4am; Sun, 5pm-2am
A, C, E at 14th St.
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The Jane Hotel’s Ballroom wears its exclusive airs with pride: The storied boîte, updated by Waverly Inn vet Sean MacPherson, and run by Matt Kliegman and Carlos Quirarte of the Smile, packs one tough door. The space is impressive, blessed with both titanic dimensions and old-world ambience. The design, too, is lavish: There are antique area rugs, a sea of wing chairs, a grand fireplace, a bevy of stuffed critters, a decaying disco ball, and enormous, velvet-draped windows. A balcony offers a view at the humming masses below. On the drinks menu are ambitiously named specialty cocktails (the Alfonso, the Punjab, the Orient Express), wines by the glass (for around $12), German and British beer imports, and good old Budweiser.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.