Best nightclub - 2006
With all the nightclubs opening up on the West Side, you'd think that Cielo would be facing stiff competition. But you'd be wrong, because Cielo is the only midsize venue that balances bottle service with A-list DJ lineups—creating a space for those who want to play at being fabulous to cohabit in peace with those too busy dancing to the music to care about their status. The four-year-old club's success is due to owner-DJ Nicolas Matar's classy musical sensibility; he brings in New York stalwarts like Turntables on the Hudson's Thursday-night jam, Louie Vega and Kevin Hedge for their weekly Roots party, and legendary DJ François K for his weekly Monday-night Deep Space event. In between, Matar books big names like Derrick May, DJ Heather, and Matthew Dear to spice things up. The sound system, coupled with the award-winning interior, sunken dancefloor, and soundproof design, makes Cielo a world-class club that's tailor-made for an increasingly rare thing in New York: dancing.