Not content with owning one of every three successful restaurants in downtown Manhattan, Steve Hanson (Bluewater Grill, Dos Caminos, Fiamma, etc., etc.) is branching out into lounges. He's recently opened the nightclub Level V [675 Hudson @ 14th St, 212-699-2400] beneath his new Meatpacking District hotspot Vento, in the old Manhole space. The bigger news: he's said to be planning Level V's at several other of his restaurants. What kind of a scene can Level V goers expect? Summarizes one female patron, "The guys here are New York's finest. They're all bankers."
· Subterranean Heat [NYTimes Sunday Styles]
· Taking Lounge to Level V [AllNightClubs]
· Level V and Vento [B.R. Guest Restaurants]