Skip to content, or skip to search.

It’s 1 a.m. Do You Know Where Your Guests Are?

Yes, it’s something else to plan just when you’re all planned out, but the after-party shouldn’t be formal or terribly expensive. Here, a crew of four New York nightlife experts plan wee-hour high jinks, from a limbo party in Chinatown to a raucous sleepover in the Bowery Hotel.

China Chalet
47 Broadway, at Morris St., #2; 212-943-4380
Where:“China Chalet, a huge Chinese restaurant near Wall Street, on the second floor of a rather sterile high-rise.”
Vibe:“Chinese limbo party. Start early, as togetherness over many hours will build trust and experimentation on the dance floor. Then, at 1 a.m., when the Doobie Brothers’ “What a Fool Believes” comes on, everyone will go bananas.”
Food and Bev:“Egg rolls, dumplings, kung pao chicken, chow mein. Cocktails with little umbrellas: mai tais, zombies, and Blackbeard’s ghosts.”
Music:“A D.J. with both vinyl and computer/iPod hookups.”
Approximate Damage:“$65 per person for open bar and food.”
Hotel in Stumbling Distance:The Wall Street Inn.”

Bemelmans Bar
The Carlyle, 35 E. 76th St., at Madison Ave.; 212-744-1600
Where:“Throw your post-party at your favorite cocktail bar, a place where you’re a regular. Hopefully that’s Bemelmans. Spread the word at the wedding about the after-party, and the faithful will come.”
Vibe:“Debauched elegance. Loosened bow ties, kicked-off heels.”
Food and Bev:“Champagne. You don’t want to start drinking martinis at 1 a.m. Serve a chocolate spread from (my fellow Brooklynite) Jacques Torres. Then when the sun comes up, offer scrambled eggs and beer.”
Music:“Your grandfather’s 78s, transferred onto your iPod.”
Approximate Damage:“$100 for the chocolates, and let people buy their own drinks.”
Hotel in Stumbling Distance:“Upstairs at the Carlyle.”

243 W. 14th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-620-0222
Where:“Honey, a lounge with exposed brick walls backlit by candles.”
Vibe:“Las Vegas A-list after-hours.”
Food and Bev:“Milk-chocolate and vanilla-Champagne fondue, strawberry-litchi punch. Then later, an omelette station, waffles, and pancakes.”
Music:“If you have the budget, get a local D.J., like Nick Cohen, to spin tracks like Timbaland’s ‘The Way I Are,’ or ‘What A Feeling’ by Peter Luts and Dominico.”
Approximate Damage:“$80 per person for three hours of top-shelf open bar and three fondues; $500 per hour for D.J. Nick Cohen.”
Hotel in Stumbling Distance:Soho House.”

The Bowery Hotel
335 Bowery, nr. E. 3rd St.; 212-505-9100
Where:“In a Bowery Suite. Send a mass e-mail or text from your BlackBerry before the wedding.”
Vibe:“High-school apartment party. The ‘get-pretty-close-to-getting-kicked-out’ vibe.”
Food and Bev:“A huge spread of mini-tacos from 24-hour La Esquina’s Taqueria just down the street, burgers from Corner Bistro, and mac ’n’ cheese from Cafeteria. Mojitos and margaritas. Lots of tequila.”
Music:“Jeffrey Tonnesen, a local D.J., made an iPod mix of Cuban dance music for the restaurant at Socialista. I’d steal it for the night.”
Approximate Damage:“$3,000.”
Hotel in Stumbling Distance:“You’d already be in one, but who’s sleeping?”


Spot an error in a listing or want to suggest an update? Contact us.

New York Weddings issue app ad
Order the Weddings Issue Today

Cover of New York Magazine's Spring 2017 Wedding issue

Order This Issue