Most locals like consider themselves above Times Square, but considering the Bubba Gump Shrimp Factory is actually only on the second floor you're not that far above it. To look much further down on that crowd, hit XVI.
Slipping into the defunct Highbar space and accessed via a private corridor and express elevator, the team behind this whimsical "Versailles in the sky" (henceforth XVI, as in "Louis the") leaned on their experiences at Pink Elephant and Juliet Supperclub -- and a Miami design heavyweight -- to assemble phantasmagorical elements including a giant gilded projection screen, tentacle-like "trees" that writhe towards the sky, and a 50ft wall covered in faux grass (don't worry, you'll still be totally high). Past the beers and bottle service, summer-soaked gentlemen's tipples include the Derby-fied Pineapple Julep, the tiki-esque XVI Cooler (Chairman's Reserve/ orgeat/ pineapple), the Denizen-based honey-and-lime Airmail, and a less-sugary vodka mojito called the Ivy Fizz, unsurprising considering all of those schools exist in a bubble. Lounging on small plates are servings of cheese (Crane Mountain goat, Hawthorne Alpine cheddar...) and meats (spicy Berkshire sopresseta, Tuscan fennel salami...), flatbreads topped with smoked duck or prosciutto, and fancified panini's filled with pairings like foie gras terrine & fruit chutney, or creme fraiche and Tsar Nicoulai caviar, which absolutely refuses to be served in a khan.
And for entertainment that isn't liquid, expect screenings, catered events, and a lineup of "renowned DJ's", which'll ensure there'll still be someone looking down on you.
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