Other recent openings run the gamut of a small restaurant and concert venue called Chelsea Table + Stage, which began scheduling shows in September, at Rash, a nightclub in Brooklyn, and Brooklyn Made, a venue. concert hall which is distinguished by luxury facilities for artists, including a swimming pool.
Gao and his partners signed the lease to Nebula in 2018. They planned to open the following year after a $ 6.5 million renovation. But between the delays, the pandemic, and huge increases in the price of materials and shipping, it took $ 12 million and another two years to install huge mobile screens and state-of-the-art lighting.
Six preview events proved Gao’s idea that New Yorkers wanted a central place to hang out after new openings in recent years clustered in warehouses in Brooklyn that have more space. Nebula, at 35 W. 41st St., measures 11,000 square feet and has hosted between 600 and 700 guests at pre-opening parties since October 22. The club officially opens on Friday November 5th. Two weeks later, a 3,000 square foot lower level will open three private rooms, which can accommodate karaoke nights and corporate events. Gao said these book well with corporate clients for the holidays.
Currently, Nebula is open on Fridays, Saturdays and some Thursdays; Gao said that when tourists return in November, he may plan additional weekdays parties.
Further downtown, Chelsea Table + Stage has said it is finding its place after the pandemic as it seeks to fill its 130 seats with guests who enjoy both fine dining and live music at jazz performances Wednesday night and Friday night headliners.
“Our plans were based on 2019, but it’s not the same,” said John O’Mahoney, a partner. “Whatever the current trend, we are finding our way. “
Michael Dorf, founder and CEO of City Winery, said he too has noticed that industry sites are generally a bit slower than expected due to reluctance to come together. But he expects spring and summer 2022 to bring complete normalcy to a landscape with more exciting nightlife than in 2019.
“We’re going to come out with more great food and cultural neighborhoods than Manhattan has seen in a long time,” he said.
Dorf said City Winery, which moved from Tribeca to a new space in the far west of Manhattan during the pandemic, is looking for several smaller Manhattan locations to open in the future.