West 8th Street in Greenwich Village has never been thought of as a hotspot for New York City nightlife. However, new restaurants, a new boutique hotel, and a world renowned nightclub have changed the face of West 8th, once more known for its shoe stores and small businesses than its trendiness.
Pink Elephant, the high-end nightclub run by David Sarner and Robert Montwaid, resurrected itself in the former Club Love space last year. Since its opening, the retro-glam venue with its rainbow-colored lights, half-moon disco balls, Infinity Room and cocktails by mixologist Ben Wood, have been packing its dance floors with celebrities, socialites and trendsetters alike.
Don't feel like cabbing it home after a wild night at the club? No worries. Soon the old Marlton House will re-open as a new boutique hotel by hoteliers Richard Born and Sean MacPherson, part of the same team behind the Jane and Bowery Hotels. It is said that the hotel will be in the same genre as Jane and Bowery and will fit right into both the Greenwich Village and NYU communities. Richard Born has been quoted as saying, "We’ve had the experience of changing neighborhoods like with the Bowery Hotel, where we saw the area take off. We think that will happen here. The beats hung out here, and in a way, hipsters of today are the beatniks of yesterday. I think 8th St. will be as cool as Prince St. in SoHo."
Want a bite to eat? Greenwich Project, an intimate 74-seat restaurant from the Project Group, recently opened to rave reviews. Read the Joonbug write-up of the restaurant, here. Not in the mood for anything fancy?Burger Joint, the tiny eatery hidden inside the Parker-Meridien Hotel recently opened a new location on W 8th St. and may have a bar soon.