Fri-Sat, midnight-4am; Sun-Thu, closed
A, C, E at 14th St.; L at Eighth Ave.
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At a time when every hip New York destination continues to go for the dark and minimal, The Park's splashy retro aesthetic is a welcome standout. The main dining room and bar area is vast and colorful, with glazed teal brick walls and a 35-foot cluster of bamboo soaring toward a massive sunroof. If it's too clogged with models and gallerists, head for the Red Room in back, where more models and gallerists (and their bankers) sprawl on kitschy wicker furniture under crimson Chinese lanterns. Adjacent is the Atrium, a glass cube of a lounge with chintzy redwood couches and disco ball, made cozy with a fireplace. Just as sexy as its patrons might be the rooftop penthouse, complete with a hot tub that's known to get especially naughty on major holidays, when the boys come out for a romp in "The Rambles."
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.