Project: Kastel Lounge
Location: New York
Designer: Rockwell Group
Product: Custom Doug Fir Wall Panels
While The Donald may remain a "short-fingered vulgarian,"* the Kastel Lounge, located inside his new Trump SoHo Hotel is a triumph of high-style triumph. Custom, split-faced reclaimed Douglas fir wall panels mix with rich leather, opulent velvet, sleek glass, dramatic lighting and "attractive" patrons for a uniquely swank effect.
At Kastel, the Trump SoHo Hotel's intimate cocktail ultra lounge, the focus is on mixology with great signature cocktails that are quickly becoming Kastel classics. An extensive wine list and bottle service add just the right options. DJs entertain nightly.
Some may be old, some may be young, but everyone—at least for now (and at least through the haze of an $18 martini)—is attractive at this diminutive 80-seat cocktail lounge located in the Trump SoHo New York hotel-condominium. In the early evening, enter through the hotel’s lobby to find a stunningly decorated hot spot that features split-face finished textured wood walls (by TerraMai), cozy black leather seating, and a backlit bar that serves as the space’s focal point. Arrive before 8pm, and nosh on small bites courtesy of Quattro (the hotel’s restaurant next door). But when the clock strikes 10, guests must line-up outside a separate entrance on Varick Street where they face a strict door policy (word is that Ivanka Trump is pulling a Graydon Carter and manning the guest list). Word to the wise—you can't rely on buying bottles to finagle your way in, so those not blessed with good looks and connections may have little choice but to come early.
“No babies allowed.” That's what supermodel Karolina Kurkova was told the other night when she and her baby’s daddy, Archie Drury, brought Tobin, 6 months, to Kastel restaurant in the new Trump SoHo for the birthdays of Rosario Dawson and of Jamison Ernest's Yellow Fever clothing line. So the parents took turns baby-sitting outside while the other went inside to mingle with models Selita Ebanks and Jessica Hart, U2's Larry Mullen, Bon Jovi's David Bryan and designer Yigal Azrouel.
*“Short-fingered vulgarian,” as Donald Trump was famously nicknamed by Kurt Andersen and his co-editor, the once-great Graydon Carter, in their legendarily snarky 80’s culture mag Spy.
**Graydon Carter, now editor of Vanity Fair magazine, is also coincidentally mentioned in the Shecky's Nightlife review of Kastel included above.