Party Earth Review A multilevel venue created by the guys behind internationally renowned Bagatelle, the swanky trio Villa Pacri, La Gazzetta, and Gunbar brings an unusual mix of rustic elegance and downtown dirtiness to the Meatpacking... ... read full review
55 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014
A, C, E: 14th Street; L: 8th Avenue
Villa Pacri: 212-924-5559
La Gazzetta: M–W 11:30am–11pm, Th–F 11:30am–midnight, Sa 11am–midnight, Su 11am–8pm
Villa Pacri: Tu–W 6–11pm, Th–Sa 6pm–12:30am
Gunbar: Th–Sa 11:30pm–4am
Meatpacking District, New York –
A multilevel venue created by the guys behind internationally renowned Bagatelle, the swanky trio Villa Pacri, La Gazzetta, and Gunbar brings an unusual mix of rustic elegance and downtown dirtiness to the Meatpacking District’s bar and club scene.
A combination of café, restaurant, and nightclub, the space draws suited entertainment professionals and statuesque ladies looking for a sophisticated vibe earlier in the evening while attracting edgier MPD partiers looking to get lit later at night.
Small tables and reed-backed chairs provide space for the local creative types and occasional celeb who pile into the bustling La Gazzetta café to enjoy light fare and fine wine, or to mingle at the luxurious wraparound bar beneath the wine-glass chandelier.
Those looking for a full meal can head upstairs to the Villa Pacri restaurant, where a décor of exposed brick and white leather booths creates a sleek and intimate vibe for diners indulging in lavish Italian dinners by the golden light of crystal lamps and chandeliers.
After dinner, a whole other atmosphere awaits downstairs at Gunbar, a rocker dive with an air of reckless abandon where late-night socialites, entertainment industry partiers, and random celebrities mingle and gossip, holding court on overstuffed sofas by graffiti-laden walls.
And while the bottle service and DJs blasting remixed soul may seem like traditional club fare, the in-house tattoo parlor, complete with flash art and a neon devil face in its club-facing window, adds a genuine sense of rock star insanity.
With their fantastic menus, opulent décor, and welcoming attitudes, La Gazzetta and Villa Pacri signal a new breed of delightful restaurants in this often-overdone neighborhood, while Gunbar gives clubbed-to-death party animals a taste of the wild side.
It’s not a prop – that actually is a tattoo parlor you see through the window in Gunbar. Try to reserve the bottle service table right by the window and maybe you can watch the ink fly – and if you’re feeling dangerous, talk to the staff about getting some permanent alterations of your own!
Euro foodies, downtown party girls, successful artists and art business people, laid-back stargazers, and cultured club kids, 20s to 30s, with some 40s.
Music on the stereo. DJs downstairs play upbeat classic rock, Motown, and punk.
Full menu of artisanal European cuisine, Italian specialties, and pasta at La Gazzetta and Villa Pacri.
Villa Pacri: Antipasti $12–$22, pasta $22–$32, entrées, $24–$57, desserts $12–$28. Beer $6, wine $14–$28/glass or $42–$230/bottle, cocktails $18+, champagne $17+/glass or $118+/bottle.
La Gazzetta: brunch $9–$18, lunch and dinner $4–$34. Beer $6, wine $6–$14/glass or $28–$100/bottle, cocktails $11–$16.
Gunbar: Beer $7–$8, cocktails $12–$18, bottle service $500–$2,000. Tattoos $60+.
Downtown club formal upstairs: nice suits, open-necked collared shirts, little black dresses, heels, fur coats, overcoats. Rocker chic downstairs: Ripped fishnets, leather, fashionably torn jeans.
Fridays and Saturdays for the largest crowds and latest nights at Gunbar, and weekdays for the nicest dinner scene at Villa Pacri.
After a long night of drinking, The Diner (44 9th Avenue) is only a few blocks north, open till 6am, and prepares perfect comfort food to help ease the pain of that new tattoo.