290 8th Ave (between 24th and 25th) Chelsea, New York, NY 10010 212-206-8646.
08-12-2009 Weirdest Robkast Attempting to create the most opulent, selective, celebrity-fueled drinking dojo this
side of Rose Bar. Welcome to The Gates, your new semi-private lounge/restaurant from Danny Kane and Rod Surut (Naked
It may help to picture the Gates as an early-1900s-style hotel lounge, but with the attitude of Soho House,
Rose Bar and Gold Bar rolled into one marble-encrusted crazy box. Walking through the massive solid brass
gates, you'll find yourself surrounded by a never-ending swath of antique marble, more solid brass and a
little fire (the big three of over-the-top design), every piece of which was taken from the 1916
drawing room of the Donald Trump-destroyed Biltmore Room hotel.
It's the kind of place you'll want to drop by when you're in the mood for a martini and an early look at
tomorrow's Page Six headlines complete with a smallish bar up front, a padded cell-phone booth and a
large, banquette-lined space in back where things get a little more private and a little bit
louder. And since the club is staunchly anti-promoter, they've created what they're calling the Ambassador Program,
a group of 100 scenemakers, artists and models who get carte blanche access to the club and charity
donations made in their name.