An Exclusive Look at the Aman Jazz Club, New York’s Most Elevated Night Out

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On 56th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues—the block immediately behind Manhattan’s famed Billionaire’s Row—is an entryway that looks like it doesn’t belong in such an echelon. The walls are stark, the lights fluorescent, the industrial corridor awash in concrete. In a corner? An unremarkable black elevator exterior. Step inside, and there are only two buttons to press—one that goes up, the other, down. Yet when the door reopens after you push the former, a whole different world awaits: that of the Aman Jazz Club.

For the uninitiated: this August, Aman New York finally opened after years of fervent anticipation in Midtown’s historic Crown building. (So dedicated are the hotel brand’s fans that they’ve dubbed themselves the “Aman junkies.”) Off the lobby? The standard (albeit spectacular) facilities one would expect from a five-star hotel: a sprawling spa, well-appointed guest rooms, two restaurants, and a rooftop. Yet, hidden in the bottom bowels of the building—and not accessible via the hotel’s main lifts—is something a little more unexpected: a 3,000-square-foot performance lounge. Fully opening on September 6, it seeks to be one of the most elevated nightlife experiences in Manhattan.

“It’s a nod to the 1920s,” Sebastien Lefavre, managing director of the Jazz Club, says of the speakeasy-esque sanctum. The “roaring twenties” ethos, often overused as an entertainment concept, is here an entirely appropriate one: The Crown building was finished in 1921, a year into the Prohibition era, and they want to encourage a clandestine, discreet atmosphere. Each night’s guest list will be curated, reservations required, and photography discouraged. (Not even the menus have logos, so even if a photo does somehow make it onto a social media story, the location will be hard to determine.) “Privacy is the last luxury,” says Lefavre.

Robert Rieger

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