We had heard rumors about the imminent opening of Café Select’s back room, and now BlackBook weighs in.
In the next few weeks what we’ll call the ‘Back Room at Cafe Select’ (it remains officially nameless at this point, though ‘The Boiler Room’ may be an option) will begin admitting patrons through the delivery grate on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant—which conveniently leads to the side door of the lounge space. The spot holds 60 heads, has a gritty, cement feel, and is covered in Christmas decor that seems to be staying up for a bit. With no space for a DJ booth, it’s the owners usually making music selections, and a bar is tucked into the alcove under the stairs.
Yeah yeah, the secret-entry-lounge trend is getting out of hand, but we’re going to reserve all cynicism here, because the guys in charge actually do bring a top-notch international hipster crowd (and we mean hipster in the best sense) — not to mention Serge Becker’s celebrity draw. Word of warning, though: Our source, who says the place has a very Milk & Honey feel (plus the cluttered decoration of, say, Macao), doubts the place fits 60 (the makeshift metal bar is said to be so small it can only fit a drink or two), so apply an extra coat of deodorant for close quarters.
New Back Room at Café Select: No Name, All Game [BlackBook]