Party Earth Review Trendy partiers looking to enjoy some seriously varied eye candy will want to head to lux restaurant RSVP, which, besides offering brunch practically all day, touts a varied schedule of themed events – from cabaret to... ... read full review
15 Watts Street
New York, NY 10013
1, 2; Canal Street / Varick Street; A, C, E: Canal Street / 6 Avenue, Spring Street / 6 Avenue
M–W, Su noon–midnight, Th–Sa noon–2am
SoHo, New York –
Trendy partiers looking to enjoy some seriously varied eye candy will want to head to lux restaurant RSVP, which, besides offering brunch practically all day, touts a varied schedule of themed events – from cabaret to magic shows – that deliver a different experience on every visit.
The sunken dining room exudes a sort of modern day supper club meets old-school lounge flair, with looming crystal chandeliers, lots of dark wood paneling and heavy drapes, purple backlit glass cabinets, and two walls covered in tiny mirrors so socialites can check their lip gloss with ease.
Artsy downtown girls perpetually line the illuminated marble-topped bar, plying their willowy frames with strawberry mojitos and other specialty cocktails, as fashionable groups take to the soft black banquettes to devour tartare tacos, foie gras dumplings, and PB&J pancakes.
Hidden behind velvet curtains, a small stage plays host to performances by corseted ladies, wily Copperfield wannabes, or whatever else might be scheduled, though diners often linger even when no event is planned, thanks to DJs who fill the void from around 9:30pm on Thursdays and weekends.
Blazers are shunned and heels defy gravity as the party crowd starts dancing and ordering bottles of Perrier Jouët late into the night, proving RSVP has found a way to meld chichi eats with the kind of glamorous fun that attracts people even without an invitation. Though reservations are recommended.
Trendy locals, dapper after-work set, fashionable brunch seekers, business types, younger but still refined crowd at night, mid-20s to 40s.
Regular live performances include burlesque, cabaret, and impromptu magic shows. Cabaret normally every Wednesdays from 7pm–midnight, but check venue website for latest schedule. DJs spin lounge music from 9:30pm Th–Sa and 2pm Su.
Full menu of modern American dishes including burgers, lamb, specialty pizzas, oysters, and salads. Brunch menu features peanut butter and jelly pancakes and French toast and is served noon–6pm daily.
Appetizers and salads $14–$24, raw bar $18–$110, entrées $15–$42. Beer $8+, wine $11+/glass or $48–$175+/bottle, cocktails $14+.
Trendy: Brooks Brothers-type suits, Theory pink linen button-downs, dark jeans, boat shoes, sheaths, understated and trendy little black dresses, leggings with sequined or neon tunic tops, sky-high Charlotte Olympia heels.
Any day before 6pm when jonesing for brunch, Wednesdays for the regular cabaret show, or any night to maybe catch something buxom, vanishing, or lord knows what else on the stage.
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