There’s now an answer to the age-old conundrum of what to do after midnight on the Upper East Side.
New to the neighborhood that heretofore became a ghost town during the wee hours, Café Carlyle has just this month become an after-hours nightclub.
Whereas the cabaret-restaurant used to close after the last act ended at around 12 a.m., it now stays open on Thursday thru Saturday nights until the party dies.
What’s more, the hotel has started handing out nifty cards to “friends of the hotel.” Cardholders—essentially V.I.P.s who are either high-profile or have dropped a lot of cash at the joint in the past—don’t have to pay the $25 cover charge, can bring a guest and are guaranteed immediate admission upon arrival.
But don’t go asking for one. A rep from the hotel told us that they are rather discriminating when it comes to deciding who gets one.
“We just wanted to give another late-night option to people on the Upper East Side,” the rep told us. “It’s a completely new concept [for us]. Often times in the past, people would tell us they wish the evening could continue. It was designed specifically for that exclusive nightlife experience. Guests can sip specialty drinks and dance the night away listening to guest DJs.”
From January 24th until February 2nd, for example, Café Carlyle will bring the resident D.J. from chic Mayfair club Annabel’s to spin for the late-night set.