What do you get when a new super secret smoking lounge opens for an exclusive preview in Midtown Manhattan? A lot of smoking hot people, that's what! As I entered a door to Sugar East - there is no sign outside - the city's latest lounge and one of only seven venues in all of New York to still allow smoking, I was greeted with a coconut drink in a coconut no less. Upon telling famed mixologist Jeremy Strawn how light and fruity my coconut concoction was, he gave me a strange look before proceeding to tell me that the drink was anything but light..I think he said something about gin or absinthe and some other stuff I don't think I had ever heard of. And I always thought I was a lightweight when it came to drinking!
With Havana inspired interiors and trays of Hestia cigarettes, this place was definitely bringing sexy back from a time gone by. I spoke to the owners who are excited to bring a millennial vibe to the area - they also told me about a few other projects they are opening and while I can't divulge too much yet, let's just say Playboy might be the next theme!
As a tall, long-haired guy with model good looks started making his way towards the DJ booth, I realized this genetically perfect specimen was Ian Mellencamp, a musician, model and nephew of legend John Mellencamp. Side Story: As a contributor to Resident Magazine, Ian appeared on our cover not long ago and was bummed I couldn't make the party so was psyched to finally to meet Ian who could not be any sweeter and more down to earth. Ian's girlfriend Jasmine, also a singer was there, as was another famous face who was sitting at a booth nearby - Fernando Sucre
from Prison Break! As I went to over to get introduced, I found myself sitting with the star and chatting about his career and a pilot he's currently filming - I asked to be on his next project so he said he would pull a diva move and say he won't work on it without me - will keep you posted on this in an upcoming post!
Let's just say there was no shortage of fame in the room, from influencers to musicians to filmmakers, while the DJ had everyone gettin' down next to a gif photo booth. I have a feeling this place will be the most famous smoking lounge around when it officially opens!