This venue is closed.
Although located on a marginally seedy stretch of 23rd Street, this dimly lit space is reminiscent of 1930s Hollywood glamour, care of starburst chandeliers, dramatic velvet banquettes, and a charming brick-faced back nook with two-person swings and bottle service. Speak is the first foray into the nightclub business for Long Islander Stacey Leeds, who opened shop as a 26-year-old with first-hand knowledge of what young, boisterous clubgoers want: The small riser that stretches across the rear wall can host live music and open-mic nights; nightly DJs mix Young Jeezy into 50 Cent into Madonna; and a photo booth up front presents a novel bonus. With its narrow bar area leading into a back room of oyster-shell banquettes facing a cabaret-licensed dance floor, Speak is built to merge seamlessly from after-work mingling spot to heels-on-the-seats dance den. Expect the volume of the scattershot soundtrack to rise as the night goes on, until it becomes hard to hear yourself, er, speak.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.