Yet if you happen to work in midtown and have clients to entertain, the new Nikki Midtown (opening tonight) is the place to do it, with or without a passport. Yes, it's the same Nikki Beach you've partied at in Miami—sort of, except it's here—in Manhattan. It looks similar: there's an abundance of white pillows, black lights to make everything look abnormally white and solicitous stripper-esque waitresses dressed in mini-turquoise dresses and white patent leather boots. The only difference? People aren't as tan, and, well, there's no beach.
The Black Card
The owners say Nikki's for the business-oriented guy, the one who needs a place to take friends and clients after work. "You'll get in easily," they say, "if you have the Nikki Black card." The card ($5,000 a year), grants access to any of the Nikki Beach Clubs and to the VIP room which overlooks the rest of the club—somehow a very literal sign that you're "above" the rest and have achieved "true" success in life. Examples from the expense-it menu: the Nikki Salad ($35), the Moroccan Style Lamb Platter ($95), the Nikki seafood platter ($250).
Unlike most downtown nightclubs, the dress code at Nikki Midtown seems to require that you wear a suit and possess more than just, ahem, one black card. The staff is clearly trained to take care of its patrons here, as long those patrons are working with a prodigious expense account.