This cozy nightclub has only been open for a month, but A-listers like Nick and Jessica, Tommy Lee and the Gastineau Girls have already made themselves at home in Home’s leather settees. Dark, red-lit, and windowless, it’s the perfect spot to see celebs who wish to be seen. There’s a two-bottle minimum regardless of whether you’re ordering the $200 Moët or the $1500 magnum of Rosé. Reservations required, especially if you’re hoping for a Thursday night table.
• 532 W. 27th St., between Tenth and Eleventh Aves., 212-273-3700.
Bump elbows with Gisele Bündchen and Naomi Campbell in the airy main space, hang with the Olsens in the intimate red room, or mingle with commoners at the bottom of the wishbone staircase (which leads the chosen few to the Land of VIPs). Wine bottles start at $145 but the $2900 Dom Perignon Jeroboam is more likely to secure you extended time in the buttery banquets with the beautiful people.
• 289 Tenth Ave., near 26th St., 646-473-0202.
A few years back, when this hip-hop club was known as Lobby, Eminem and 50 Cent hosted a ”bullet-proof party,” and you can still expect a serious pat down upon entering today. Like a real-life rap video, the Cristal flows more freely in the upstairs VIP lounge than at any other place in the city. If you don’t roll that high, you can snag a main-level table for $325 bottles of Grey Goose.
• 330 W. 38th St., between Eighth and Ninth Aves., 212-465-2200.
Even though this Flatiron hotspot is always packed, if your Manolos are high enough, you should be able to finagle a spot at a tiny, wooden table. At the raised VIP section, the required two-bottles—served in glass buckets—average around $600. The staff might nudge you out of your leather seat if you don’t keep the Veuve Clicquot flowing, but once the DJ and the disco ball start spinning, you’ll be inclined to join the action on the dance floor anyway.
• 35 E. 21st St., between Park Ave. So. and Broadway, 212-254-5709.
Couldn’t get into any of the clubs above? Try your luck at big, multi-leveled BLVD, where it’s always packed—although rarely with anyone famous. The dip in star power isn’t reflected in the price tags, however: A bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label will set you back $566 and Perrier Jouët Rosé Champagne is $650. But even when the line stretches down the Bowery, a table in the VIP lounge is relatively easy to commandeer.
• 199 Bowery, at Spring St., 212-982-7767.