V.I.P: VERY IMPORTANT PARTY
[PICS] Mondrian SoHo Celebrates the Opening of Isola Trattoria

Last night, Mondrian SoHo welcomed its newest addition, Isola Trattoria and Crudo Bar in its breathtaking greenhouse room. The restaurant was inspired by the Italian Riviera, the Amalfi Coast, and Sicily.

Michael Gross, CEO of Morgan’s Hotel Group, welcomed some familiar faces to the opening. Those who came out to celebrate included Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship, photographer Ellen Von Unwerth, and Du Jour founder Jason Binn.

With chandeliers and plants suspended from the glass ceiling, the restaurant’s atmosphere is captivating. However, the décor isn’t the only aspect to brag about. Chef Victor LaPlaca’s Italian menu features an abundance of seafood, creating an authentic Italian experience.

Stop by to chow down, and then drink up with over 100 bottles of wine from the Mediterranean that are available to savor. We have no doubt this gem will impress.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Mondrian SoHo's "Soaked" Open For Business

In the summertime we just can’t get enough of rooftop lounges! Good news, there’s a new one to add to the lineup: Soaked at Mondrian SoHo.

Unlike other rooftops that have a city-chic atmosphere (which we love), this unique hotspot has a serene country feel (which we also love). Covered with lively green turf, plants, and décor, it has a very refreshing ambiance.

The menu could not be more suited for the setting. To complement the summer vibe, Soaked offers fruit infused liquor and liquor infused fruit. We love it! Nothing says it’s summer like tropical fruit and a cold beverage, especially when they’re combined!

NIGHT STALKER
Secret Swinger Party Broken Up at SoHo Hotel

When the Mondrian SoHo thought their penthouse was booked for a photo shoot and documentary, they were definitely mistaken.

As reported by the NY Post, this past Saturday night it got weird as hotel security arrived at the “SiN White Party," due to noise complaints only to be turned away by the party’s own guards. Once they managed to get inside, hotel security found guests undressed, and quickly attempted to shut down what was actually a swingers’ sex party.

Apparently the party’s guests were too busy to care that security had come, and attempted to continue their swanky acts anyway.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Mister H Introduces Happy Hour

The swanky 1930s Shanghai-themed speakeasy lounge, Mister H, located at the Mondrian SoHo, is now introducing longer hours, complete with a special happy hour from 5-10pm Monday through Friday. Its brother Imperial No. Nine will be providing yummy bites to satisfy your appetite and there will be reduced price specialty cocktails.

Specialty cocktails will be priced at $14 and include creative mixtures such as Keen (vodka, coconut water, agave nectar, kaffir lime, lemon juice) and Fragile (cinnamon infused rum, port, apple cider, fresh lemon juice, maple syrup), among others.

HAPPENINGS
Mondrian SoHo and Chefs for Impact Collide

Join Chefs for Impact as they host an exclusive event at Mondrian SoHo for a great cause on Sunday, November 6th. Enjoy a delicious dinner brought to you by five of NYC's best restos in the Penthouse and enjoy cocktails on the terrace. The five course dinner will be prepared by none other than Sam Talbot (Imperial No. Nine), Gabe Thompson (L'Artusi & Dell'Anima), Jehangir Mehta (Graffiti & Mehtaphor), and Brad McDonald (Colonie). Mix and mingle with the chefs, enjoy live music, and participate in a spectacular live auction. All the proceeds from the event will go towards Impact Network, an organization that is building low cost e-learning schools in rural Africa. Attend this benefit and help the organization seek their goal of raising $25,000 to upgrade five schools with solar panels and e-learning. Tickets can be purchased here ($250), and you can also check out this website for more information.

GET THE PARTY STARTED
Your NYC Weekly Party Guide

Even though our favorite cut-loose holiday has come and gone, the party is not over just yet. This week is stacked with countless parties, benefits, and shows for your pleasure. Yes, NYC, Halloween doesn’t have to be your last epic till New Years. Who says it can’t be tonight?

EDITOR'S LETTER
Gary Spencer Does 5 Questions with Sam Young

Hi Joonbuggers –

Yes yes, its been a while, I know, but what can you do? I've been running around all over NYC like a headless chicken, I just haven't had time to write to you guys about my escapades. Next week I will tell you all about the Royal Wedding antics that went down in NYC, but first I better catch you all up a bit.

When I first arrived here in New York (some 12 - 13 yrs ago), the Paramount Bar at the very swish boutique hotel The Paramount was THE place to be. Over time, like most fashionable bars and restaurants, the once Ian Schrager-owned hotspot gradually fell from grace. Until now, that is. Yes, The Paramount Bar is making a welcome comeback in Midtown.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
NYC Gets a Sneak Peak at Mister H's China Wonderland

It may not be officially ready yet, but that didn't stop Armin Amiri (of Socialista) from hosting Fashion Week after-parties at his new, speakeasy-style lounge circa China 1930, Mister H at the Mondrian SoHo. The venue, with its "distressed damask walls, red leather banquettes and jade-and-gold-checkered floors," transports patrons into what might feel like some sort of fairytale land - one filled with booze and disco lights, of course. Amiri shares the question he posed to himself when envisioning Mr. H: "Humphrey Bogart gets off work as a private eye and needs a nightcap; where would he go?" The H stands for Hung (as in Mr. Hung), a ficitional owner (perhaps an alter-ego of Amiri's?).

THE VELVET ROPE
The Velvet Rope: Sal Imposimato

Salvatore Imposimato has transformed nightlife in New York, Miami and Los Angeles over the past 17 years of his career. Explaining that the 90's saw a cultural melding of club style and age mixing celebrity with the wannabe, Sal explains that the new era of nightlife is one of segregation and exclusion, generating a list of clubs where specific looks are the basis for entry or refusal at the velvet rope. As the gatekeeper for the nation's most exclusive nightclubs, Sal now serves as Regional Director of Nightlife and Promotions for all Morgans Hotel Group properties in New York City.

HOTEL
Mondrian SoHo - Beautiful, Dirty Rich

NYC's downtown area of SoHo is about to get a landmark hotel... and by landmark hotel I mean celebrity, booze infested shit show. The Mondrian will open up its flagship hotel in New York City in late 2009. At $535 a room, per night, you’ll be getting the only view of the Hudson from SoHo. And if the moonlit river is not enough romance for you, then you can surely expect some midnight celeb mischief at the hotel bar. Hey, you might even catch a gut wrenching, hair extension pulling, Lindsay Lohan/ Sam Ronson catfight. So all you Young Sirs with pocket loads of Ben Franklins, can’t wait to catch you on Page Six. But for now check out some renderings of the soon to be uber chic, SoHo hot spot hotel.