Exclusive supper club for the ultra-wealthy will open at 35 Hudson Yards this fall

August 13, 2019

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One of the city’s most elite supper clubs is set to open this October at 35 Hudson Yards—and early reports say it’s so exclusive that even residents of the luxury building (where apartments start at $5.1 million) won’t be able to afford a membership. “It’s not for residents,” a source familiar with the project told the New York Post. “It’s for the developer’s super-rich buddies and CEO friends.” Details about the luxe club, which will be called WS New York,  are being kept on the down-low but its website boasts “unparalleled access to the finest wine and spirits, world-class dining, and one-of-a-kind cultural events” offering guests an “insider perspective on rarified worlds.”

According to the Post, a rotating list of Michelin chefs and sommeliers will “create regular special events for members.” There will be an emphasis on food and drink pairings and the wine list will be curated only from vintages that score 90 points or more in the Michelin wine guide.

The den-like interiors were designed by architect David Rockefeller and feature “low-backed club furniture” centered around a hearth. So far we have no indication of what memberships will cost. “Residents can join but it’s so expensive,” added the aforementioned insider source. The club will be located on the second floor of the building and there are plans for a public-facing, ground-level tavern right below it for those who can’t join the exclusive club.

This news comes on the heels of a controversial weekend for developer Stephen Ross, who’s facing backlash over his decision to hold a multimillion-dollar fundraiser for President Donald Trump in the Hamptons last Friday. News of this lavish supper club—which by all reports is designed to cater to Ross and his ultra-ultra wealthy friends—won’t win him any favors with the critics who are calling for a consumer boycott of the businesses he’s involved with, including Equinox (which has a strong presence at 35 Hudson Yards), SoulCycle, and many others.

Ross isn’t the only billionaire creating exclusive dining venues in the city, as the Post noted. Last month, French chef and restauranteur Jean-Georges Vongerichten was tapped to helm a private, resident-only restaurant at 220 Central Park South and Extell’s Gary Barnett has plans for a sprawling 50,000 square-foot private club at Central Park Tower, which will soon be the world’s tallest residential building.

[Via New York Post]


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