Lavo Italian Restaurant & Nightclub - New York
Owned by the Tao Group--which is also behind the famed Tao nightclubs and another Lavo restaurant in Las Vegas--Lavo Italian Restaurant & Nightclub is a glittering, glamorous establishment catering to a well-heeled crowd. Its weekly Champagne party brunch is especially popular, and the experience showcases scantily clad servers, lots of bubbles and a deejay spinning dance music from 2-6pm Saturdays.
The setting for the Champagne party brunch occurs in an appropriate setting that channels a 19th century Italian bistro, with sidewalk tables and a row of open air doors leading into a cozy bar and café. Past a spectacular glass partition door, the sophisticated ambiance continues into the main dining room, which is lined with red and white Italian leather banquettes.
Of great interest on the main menu are items like the Wagyu-stuffed rice balls, an extraordinary raw bar (Maine lobster cocktail, clams on the half shell, oysters on the half shell), gourmet meatballs and handmade pastas. Prime steaks range from a 14-ounce, bone-in filet to a 34-ounce Porterhouse for two.