New York Magazine

Skip to content, or skip to search.

Skip to content, or skip to search.

Best of New York Nightlife 2004

Overrated: Nightlife

  • Apt to Disappoint: APT

    419 W. 13th St., 212-414-42457

    Though its D.J. bookings are unsurpassed, we may never spend another night at the apartment-themed club APT. The downstairs “dance floor” is sandwiched between seating areas; the low ceilings give us claustrophobia; and, most damning, the sound is so weak (cutouts are common when the music heats up) that it makes us long for home and our own CDs. When techno icon Michael Mayer D.J.’d, the speakers sputtered, dancers fought for space, and we had to go outside more than once just to calm our nerves. —Ethan Brown

  • Antisocial Security: Irving Plaza

    17 Irving Place, 212-777-6800

    New York nightlife has had an authoritarian feel for a while now, but seeing a band at Irving Plaza reminds us of a trip to Rikers Island. There are the doormen who bark commands, the mandatory cash bag-check, the long I.D. lines. What takes things from irritating to intolerable, though, is the insipid sound, which sacrifices all else in favor of pure volume. Meanwhile, the raised VIP area is infuriating enough to spark a class war. Ah, but that won’t happen here—the one thing for which we can thank Irving Plaza’s goon squad. —Ethan Brown

From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

Order the Issue Today

Cover of New York Magazine's Best of New York issue

Order This Issue

Other Best Of Guides

So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).