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9. Oh, And If You Ever Feel Like Going Out …


We know you and your friends are not immune to the pleasures of the nightlife. And, as you’ve no doubt experienced on your visits here, Cleveland can’t really hang with New York on this one. Noah Tepperberg, the impresario behind the clubs Avenue and Marquee, planned this postgame itinerary for you.

10 p.m.
Dinner at Tao on 58th Street. Seated at table No. 69, next to a large koi pond at the center of the restaurant, in the shadow of the sixteen-foot Buddha, you’d dine on lobster and Kobe (get it, as in Kobe Bryant?) sirloin.

A stop at Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club on 25th Street for a few puffs on a Zino Platinum cigar in the private “Jay’s Room,” where your McDonald’s High School All-American jersey hangs over the pool table, kitty-corner to Michael Jordan’s University of North Carolina college jersey.

1 a.m.
Avenue lounge on Tenth Avenue. Recline at the owner’s table, the corner banquette closest to the bar, and toast with bottles of Armand de Brignac “Ace of Spades” rosé delivered under sparklers lit by waitresses wearing sequined LeBron James jerseys. Your old D.J. pal Mick Boogie from Cleveland has already prepared a set list for you. It starts with Jay-Z’s “The City Is Mine.”

4 a.m.
Last stop at Artichoke Pizza on 14th Street. Skip the line while Francis and Sal fix you a special pie—one of the city’s best—and bask in the gratitude of the firemen and cops who gather there after-hours.


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