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Posh Private Supper Club to Open in Hudson Yards



David Ben Hooren, the publisher of the Jewish Voice discussing new restaurant in Hudson Yards with owner Stephen Ross

By Hellen Zaboulani

Exclusive clubs are back in style. After decades of falloffs, private clubs are making a comeback as the ultimate real estate trick.

Billionaire developer Stephen Ross is preparing to cash in on one such ultra-posh supper club. It will be located at 35 Hudson Yards, his mixed-use mega development which was completed this year with designs by David Childs and Skidmore Owings & Merrill, and interiors by Tony Ingrao of Ingrao Design. Known as the tallest residential building in Hudson Yards, the 92-story tower houses 143 residential apartments, the 200-room Equinox hotel, and a world-class Equinox club and spa. Ross himself occupies the penthouse in the tower. The residences range in price from $5.1 million to $27.7 million.

Owning an apartment in the building, however, will not guarantee a spot in the exclusive hush hush club. Nor will staying at the branded hotel. As reported by the NY Post, the supper club, which will be named WS New York, is slated to open in October. Though there will be an elevator that connects the club directly to the residences, residents won’t receive special membership privileges. “It’s not for residents,” an in-the-know source told the Post. “It’s for the developer’s super-rich buddies and CEO friends. Residents can join but it’s so expensive.”

The exclusive bar and lounge will be a collaboration between dining guru Kenneth Himmel, who is president of Related Company, the leading developer, together with the publisher of Wine Spectator, Marvin Shanken. The cuisine will be prepared by rotating the world’s most famous Michelin graded star chefs and sommeliers, who will orchestrate regular special events for the members.

The wine list will include only vintages rated 90 points and above by Shanken’s magazine, in what will be his first such undertaking. Two master sommeliers, both of whom passed the famously difficult qualifying exam on their first try, will direct the second-floor space together with Paul Nash, general manager at the St. Regis.

The WS New York is designed by Architect David Rockefeller with a modern meets old-school interiors motif surrounding a central fireplace. Low-backed club furniture has been picked out for the den-like dining room, where millionaire patrons can sip burgundy by the fire. A ground-level tavern, which will not require membership, will also be opened separately.

Related declined to comment on the cost for membership to the posh club, nor disclosed anything else about the secret club.

Similarly, Gary Barnett of Extell has plans to open a new private Central Park Club in his Central Park Tower, which is slated to be the world’s tallest residential building. The club there will feature three floors, spanning 50,000 square feet, with “curated luxury amenities” and a “unique experience complemented by five-star service.”

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