Party Earth Review Set atop the aptly named Dream Downtown Hotel, PH-D is a penthouse bar decked out in glass, glitter, and enough celebrity-studded luxury to make even the most moneyed Manhattanite blush. Arriving on the twelfth floor perch... ... read full review
355 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
A, C, E, L: 14th Street-8th Avenue
Chelsea / Flatiron, New York –
Set atop the aptly named Dream Downtown Hotel, PH-D is a penthouse bar decked out in glass, glitter, and enough celebrity-studded luxury to make even the most moneyed Manhattanite blush.
Arriving on the twelfth floor perch via mirrored elevator, sleekly-dressed jet-setters and barely-dressed trust fund girls make their way past a small bar and into a sprawling lounge with glossy black walls, polished marble floors, and plate glass windows that look out onto neighboring skyscrapers and the Hudson River.
As too-cool entertainment professionals settle onto leather couches to sip cocktails beneath prism-glass chandeliers, other stylish drinkers flock to the terrace, a narrow space lined by banquettes and potted shrubbery.
Arguably PH-D’s crowning achievement, this outdoor deck makes the Midtown skyline look almost close enough to touch, distracting the finance types and young partiers enough to focus on the Big Apple’s twinkle rather than their own mounting bar tabs.
Early in the evening, this chill drinking den attracts the high-end after-work crowd and odd hotel guest, but after 9:30, entry is at the doorman’s discretion – and as the DJ begins to spin remixed radio hits, a noticeably clubbier vibe prevails.
Refined sophistication and breathtaking views make PH-D the perfect rooftop hangout, offering a taste of the highlife for those with a penchant for the finer things in city life – and a wallet fat enough to support their upper-crust habits.
Successful entertainment professionals, fashionistas, jet-setters, wealthy hotel guests, in-the-know clubbers, and celebrities, 20s to 30s.
Sound system mixes of chill beats and contemporary hits during the day, live DJs nightly starting at 10pm.
Small menu of appetizers including everything from tuna tartare and crab cakes to french fries.
Appetizers $10–$20. Beer $10–$11, wine $13–$32/glass, $395+/bottle, cocktails $18, bottle service $450+.
Downtown chic: cool suits, tight dresses, leather shoes, heels, jackets, designer button-downs.
Early in the week to avoid a line that can sometimes feel unbearable, or Thursdays through Saturdays for the biggest crowds and the hottest parties.
Avenue (116 Tenth Avenue) offers well-heeled patrons an equally elegant experience, but with a markedly different turn-of-the-century feel.