||[Jan. 4th, 2008|11:42 pm]
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
A fantastic new lounge opened in my neighborhood this month: Deity. One of the things I really like about it is that it's inside an old synagogue that dates back to the 1800s. It lends the space a gothic, historic feel, much like the old Limelight used to have -- though Deity is cleaner. Much cleaner. It's got a really great, classy feel to it. As you can see from the website, it's semi-goth decorated, too. Black furniture, stained glass, candles, black velvet curtains in the rest rooms (along with actual linen hand towels!), really big wine glasses, etc. Pretty good selection of music too -- everything from trance to Johnny Cash -- but with a really mild, relaxed feel. Prices run a bit high (my glass of South African cabernet was $10), but they're a generous pour and manager Kenneth Oglesby (also a customer at the video store!) makes you feel right at home. He had them bring us big glasses of water with lemon wedges without our even having to ask.
Apparently the place has been three years in the making, with some truly mind-boggling excavation and renovation work required (you can see more about this on the website). All that work and expense completely paid off. I'm not usually one for lounges, but I loved the vibe of this place and will definitely be going back. I'm considering having my birthday party there in February.
New places like this tend to survive due to word of mouth, so if you live in Brooklyn, or live in the New York City area and are considering traveling to Brooklyn sometime, definitely check out Deity. It's a great place to spend the evening, or even just to stop for a drink during a Brooklyn bar hop