Party Earth Review Even the most well-connected party girls and Park Avenue brats won’t get into The Box without a reservation or a spot on the guest list, but patrons with a little foresight are in for a unique treat. Opened by a crew of... ... read full review
189 Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002
F: Lower East Side-2nd Avenue-Houston Street; J, Z: Bowery-Delancey Street
Lower East Side, New York –
Even the most well-connected party girls and Park Avenue brats won’t get into The Box without a reservation or a spot on the guest list, but patrons with a little foresight are in for a unique treat.
Opened by a crew of local theater moguls including Simon Hammerstein and Randy Weiner, this downtown hotspot offers an enthralling club experience with all the insanity of a three-ring circus.
Once past the ferocious bouncers at the door, the stylish crowd of successful local artists, finance guys, and trust-fund chicks are escorted into a bar area decked out in pink lights, retro wallpaper festooned with cherubs and fountains, and dusty knickknacks including an eerie carousel horse.
High rollers and celebs make their way to the private tables on the mezzanine level for a late-night meal and bottle service, while the hoi polloi is relegated to the reserved booths in the sunken roped-off area by the stage.
Earlier in the evening, the crowd of jet-setters, business types, and hip night owls drink and shout at each other over pounding, bass-heavy remixes of classic rock and hip-hop tunes, but at one o’clock, the audience settles in for an intense, anything-goes, high-octane performance featuring everything from acrobats and magicians to erotic go-go dancers and obscene burlesque acts.
With a one-of-a-kind mix of club luxury and exclusive tongue-in-cheek counterculture craziness, The Box is a titillating experience that is definitely not for the closed-minded or faint of heart.
The Box has a table reservation list and a guest list, and unless you’re on one of them, you’re probably not getting in. Your best bet is to make a reservation in advance through the website. If you’re willing to drop some cash, reserving a table and getting bottle service for the show is cool as hell. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 917-280-5977.
Wealthy club kids, Wall Streeters, affluent downtown rockers, go-go dancers, and artistic professionals, 20s to 40s.
Nightly stage acts including circus performers, burlesque, and erotic oddities. DJs spin every night.
Full late-night menu of European entrées including caviar with lemon crème fraîche and gruyere grilled cheese. Kitchen open 11pm–4am. Bottle service available.
Late-night menu $10+. Beer $8+, wine $10+, cocktails $10+, bottle service $500+.
Elegant cool: button-downs, nice jeans, boots, slinky dresses, heels, racy clothes. Dress code asks patrons to “dress glamorously” and states that black tie is optional.
Any night is hot, but Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays bring in the craziest crowds.