Party Earth Review Hidden behind an austere façade by the West Side docks is Hudson Terrace, one of the most sought-after hotspots in the city for twenty-somethings with money to burn. Unless they have a table reservation, hopeful guests... ... read full review
621 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
A, C, E: 42nd Street-Port Authority Bus Terminal-8th Avenue; C, E: 50th Street-8th Avenue
Tu–W 5pm–1am, Th 5pm–2am, F 5pm–4am, Sa 10pm–4am; Rooftop Garden Lounge open May–October
Hell's Kitchen, New York –
Hidden behind an austere façade by the West Side docks is Hudson Terrace, one of the most sought-after hotspots in the city for twenty-somethings with money to burn.
Unless they have a table reservation, hopeful guests can expect to wait in line before being escorted up a long flight of stairs into one of three destinations.
The large, dimly-lit Salon on the lower level, which features Swarovski crystal beaded chandeliers, tufted red leather couches, and a white marble bar, is usually packed to the rafters with swarms of highly styled young urbanites who gather for cocktails by candlelight or spontaneous dancing.
The Garden Terrace, a long and narrow patio on the same level, provides some outdoor seating and another small bar, but the real scene takes place at the Rooftop Garden and Lounge on the third floor, an open-air venue where bottle service is a status symbol and groups of outgoing young professionals jealously guard their tables and beige banquettes.
Floor to ceiling windows offer views of the USS Intrepid and sunsets on the Hudson River, though most patrons don’t notice, since they are too busy making their way to the sunken center of the space to mingle by the ivy-covered trellises and rough limestone bar, dance to the pumping pop of the DJ, or drift off to a cozy nook to stretch out on lounge chairs or swing in the hammock.
Although the classic patio furnishings and open sky create a pool-deck ambiance, Hudson Terrace is anything but relaxing, and guests should be ready for incredibly loud music and a wall-to-wall crowd that never stops moving.
Fashionable young professionals, socialites, and affluent Ivy Leaguers, early to late 20s. A more corporate crowd for certain events.
DJs on each floor spin a mix of pop, techno, 80s, and rock. Occasional live bands perform for special events.
Appetizers and party platters including shrimp skewers, beef sliders, and mini tuna tacos. Happy Hour Tu–F 5–9pm.
Appetizers $12–$15, party platters $89. Beer $8, wine $9–$13, cocktails $12–$15, bottles $325–$600.
Business casual during the week, party chic on weekends (dresses and heels). Dress code: no sneakers, jerseys, hats, or graphic t-shirts.
Friday and Saturday nights get the biggest crowds as well as anytime for the sunset over the Hudson.
Pacha (618 West 46th Street), one of Manhattan’s mega-clubs, is open until 6am and makes for a great after-party spot.