Sitting pretty beneath 58th Street, The Grand, opening Thursday night, is the old Au Bar transformed into a sleek new subterannean social lounge.
Enter and descend a long flight of stairs into a shiny opal interior complete with a large hanging black chandelier and oversized hooker-red lounge chairs that give you fair warning that the night may get wild. Add tables with deep center insets where drinks won't spill if they get knocked around a little, and you just might (might) have a party north of 57th Street.
If the midtown riffraff get a little too much for you, head to the VIP area behind the keyhole-shaped doorway, where coal-tinted windows offer extra privacy and complimentary chocolate-covered strawberry service will keep your female company properly sated. And if that isn't enough, try ordering apps from midtown favorite Philippe, which are served from 12-4am (we've heard those are prime hours to enjoy Peking Duck Spring Rolls).
After all, a scene in this neck of the woods is a rare thing—above or below ground.