A, C, E at 34th St.-Penn Station
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Since opening in 2005 this late-night destination has, as its name implies, flown relatively under the radar. A doorman guards an industrial entryway leading to a single room with Rorschachesque flock wallpaper and nouveau Victorian décor. In the center of the shellacked floor, two circular banquettes of bolted red velvet are warmly illuminated by a glinting chandelier, while votive candles flicker on the low tables pulled up to the black pleather banquettes on either side. A small freestanding square bar in the back doles out Pink energy vodka and caipirinhas splashed with Red Bull to keep the easygoing regulars grooving to the D.J.’s loungy European house.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.