It's no surprise that everybody loves a penthouse -- the views are great, you feel like a king, and the girls will do almost anything to make it in, including peeing themselves! For a penthouse that hasn't sadly gone softcore: Dream Downtown's PH-D
From the group behind Lavo, Marquee, and Tao, this fresh penthouse club is literally the crown jewel of the Dream Downtown, though to get to it you have to wade through a lobby boasting a ceiling that doubles as a see-through bottom for the outdoor pool (with bar & sandy beach), and a glitzy, Top Chef-helmed resto called Marble Lane, also the name of Penny's much-harder-to-pick-up sister. Directly off the elevator lies a ritzy dance hall where an elevated DJ booth backed by a wall of lights feeds a secret, one-of-a-kind sound system, and one of the two entirely glass walls opens onto a massive terrace with sweeping views of midtown; the whole vibe "revisits the early '80s era of excess" (ebony, limestone marble, platinum-finished metal, prism glass) with a "bit of hangover from the disco era", also a movie in which Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms find a time machine, and use it to do the exact same sh*t you saw before. Bottle service and classic 'tails back up seasonal specialties made with fresh ingredients and syrups from the resto's pastry chef including pitchers of peach sangria, thyme-infused margaritas, a Dark & Stormy twisted w/ white rum and maple bitters & syrup, and the mojito-esque Moderna w/ diced strawberries and a touch of balsamic, which without the "amic" would be totally inappropriate
Once things get in full swing their full kitchen will start dishing out small plates for fortification, and they promise loads of DJ sets and special parties, which at the moment remain a mystery, unlike anything in Penthouse.
1. PHD Rooftop Lounge
355 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011
Everything about this rooftop club atop Chelsea’s Dream Hotel is polished: the black leather couches, the well-heeled clientele, and the $19 cocktails like the vodka-based 50 Shades of Bleu and the tequila Strawberry Fields. DJs from around the world drop beats until 4 AM every night (except Sunday, when it closes at midnight), but definitely plan ahead as reservations are strongly recommended.