NYC Nightlife: Everything You Need To Know Tuesday

by Mara Siegler · May 10, 2011

    116 opens in an iconic space; Guerrilla Culinary Brigade setting up shop in the former Thor spot; Nur Khan talks Don Hill's; Max Fish shut down by the police; Partying with Kanye costs $1 million and partying with Teresa Giudice costs just $75. Today's nightlife round up is here and it's free!

    1. 116 Opens [Grubstreet]

    Remember Alibi? The space shuttered and has been reopened as 116 by Thomas Sullivan, an indie movie and theater producer who also owns Bar 13 and once operated Bowery spot Mannahatta. Mehmet Erkaya is on board, as well as with actor Laurence Blum. Cocktails are by Balthazar barkeep Alex Clark, a Sasha Petraske alum, and will no doubt be outstanding.

    What else makes this special? They plan on making it into a performance space, like it was from 1958 to 1971, when it operated as the Gaslight Café and held readings by Kerouac and Ginsberg to early performances by Springsteen and Dylan.  Sullivan  say it will be a “neighborhood bar for the creative class.”

    2. Co-Op Food & Drink To Open In Former Thor Space [NYT] [Image Via]

    Alan Philips and Jason Apfelbaum, who run Guerrilla Culinary Brigade, are settling down in the former Thor space in the Hotel on Rivington. It will be called Co-Op Food & Drink and have John Keller, from Nobu and Le Bernadin, at the helm as executive chef.  Dishes are pricey, but there will also be a tequila bar and taqueria, and a raw fish and sake bar in the hotel. Though nothing has been confirmed, there will be a pop-up space on the roof as well.

    Could the Hotel on Rivington become cool again? Looks like it.

    3. Nur Khan Discusses Don Hill's Closing [BlackBook]

    Steve Lewis got a hold of Nur Khan to discuss the sudden closing of the legendary Don Hill's.

    “You will see another live music venue from me. It’s my passion. Don was riddled with debts that kept popping up out of nowhere. I loved the guy but Don’s creditors back from like 2000 who started taking money out of the bank account. When he died we tried to get the lease changed which was being negotiated together while he was alive but were only offered a 1 ½ year lease with a 6 month demo clause.  Would have had to pay all Don’s back debts that were way too extensive for such a short-term lease. That, coupled with the fact that we had no idea who was going to come out of the woodwork at any given moment and take money out of the company account, made no business sense to continue. I loved Don and the venue. Yes I’ve had some of the best times in NYC in that room, but I will build another live music/dance room.”

    4. Max Fish Closed Down By Cops This Weekend [TheLowDownNY]

    The NYPD shut down legendary Lower East Side bar Max Fish this weekend for alleged underage drinking and operating after hours.

    5. Kanye West Will Play Your Party For $1 Million [Gothamist]

    Ever wonder how much it would cost to get Kanye to play your party? Me either, because the answer will inevitably be "Too much." Well, too much, now has a price tag and it is set at $1 million, the cost he allegedly demanded to play Jeff Zucker's son's Bar Mitzvah.

    Zucker didn't pay and instead went with Drake for a bargain basement price . The shindig was held at the Four Seasons last night and cost $250,000.

    6. Party With RHONJ Teresa Giudice For Just $75 [NYP] [Image Via]

    Table flipping, bankrupt Housewife of NJ Teresa Giudice is holding a "Season 3 premiere party" for the Bravo show on Monday at Tribeca Nightclub. It's just $75 for an hour of free drinks, hors d'ouevres, and an autographed picture with Teresa. "Teresa will be partying all night!!!," reads the invite.

    7. Buying Wine Off Craigslist May Be Harmful To Your Health [NYP]

    A California wino went all the way to Queens to buy a case of one of the world's most expensive red wines off of Craigslist. He was knocked out, tied up and robbed of $40,100.  This + Craiglist Killer = Be wary of who you meet with.