1 Oak

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69 Not Terrible

A ceiling of raw-oak slats, a wall engraved in cursive, and a large Roy Nachum decorate this scene-y Chelsea bar.

453 W. 17th St., New York, NY, 10011



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The lowdown

Club kids Richie Akiva and former partner Scott Sartiano made it big in the nightlife world with this see-and-be-seen nightclub. The door is notoriously strict and the bottle service could run you thousands, but you’ll still catch a glimpse of celebrity these days, especially if they’re in the music industry or sports realm (Matt Harvey of the Mets infamously failed to show up to a game in 2017 after partying at the club the night before). The zigzagging black-and-white floor of the expansive dance chamber sets an El Morocco tone, with a central black lacquered bar doling out mixed drinks. A VIP-type area comes with a roaring fireplace and giant artwork of a sexy nude flanked by buffalo, while ostrich-leather banquettes line underlit brick walls covered by metallic gold curtains. In the front of the room there’s a DJ podium catering to late-night revelers who, as the pink cursive neon sign on the wall will underline, “Ended up at 1Oak.”

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DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelBring earplugs!