Who Wants a Meatball?
The opening of The Meatball Shop made me smile. The co-owner used to work for me and, as you know, I like seeing someone climb out of the club scene into their own scene. A couple of months before Mike and his partner Daniel Holzman opened the joint, he gave me a tour. A shoestring design budget turned out real sweet. The idea of pairing various meatballs with various sauces at reasonable prices is brilliant. I was told you order your sides to put under your balls. It may have been the greatest straight line I had ever been fed, but I left it on the table.
They have root beer on tap and a great wine and beer selection and I’m going to be a regular. Yesterday’s daily roasted veggie was squash with shaved cheese and the daily fresh market salad was beets, mixed greens, chili oil and lemon. Mike’s wife Donna helps you build your own ice cream salad for dessert. With hearings about closing nightclubs happening every day, it is important to remember that clubs support thousands of people trying to build something. Mike Chernow may have planted a seed on the Lower East Side that will become an empire. I’m as proud as a new daddy for his success.
Valentine’s Day will bring me to the Highline Ballroom for the filthy dirty burlesque brunch. The world famous Bob and cohorts, including my ex-bartender turned singer/ performer Melody Sweets, will get me out of bed and aroused at 12:30 PM. Other performers include Harvest Moon, the Schlep Sisters, Nasty Canasta, Ms. Tickle and gobs more. There will be an aphrodisiac menu served including oysters, mini-Kobe burgers and vegan choices, and you can be home early with your favorite girlie or special friend.
My dear friend Danielle Chang will host a Chinese New Year party at my favorite cocktail cottage Apotheke. Albert Trummer and his crew will be serving up some fancy cocktails along with wine from China and Tiger Beer. It is indeed the year of the Tiger. That’s this Saturday and it’s an RSVP kind of thing, but you’ll figure it out.
Fashion Week, Valentine’s Day and even Chinese New Year provide nightlife with a much needed mid-winter boost. Christmas/New Year’s Eve seem ages away even though it’s been only 6 weeks. January is always a bit slow as tourists don’t chance our winters and the whole Western world is still paying off holiday debt. Plus, even seasoned New Yorkers are a no-go when it snows. Spring traditionally brings flowers and new clubs and a return to nightlife for the winter shut-ins. Spring fever is an undeniable biological factor and people flock to the social scene with renewed vigor. Next week, we will talk about the new joints that will spring up in March and April and how they are destined to once again bring change to the ever changing club landscape.