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Coby Club opens in Chelsea
April 21, 2021, 6:11.07 pm ET


Coby Club opens in Chelsea, NYC

The Coby Club, a new, sexy underground lounge tucked beneath Elmo restaurant, has opened in the heart of Chelsea. Its name pays homage to 1960's San Francisco Chinatown nightlife and to its most celebrated personality, the late Miss Coby Yee. Yee was a glamorous and iconic exotic dancer and savvy business woman who was also the owner of the famed Forbidden City from 1960-1970.

Coby Club opens in Chelsea, NYC

Black velvet banquettes and silk-shaded lighting create intimate group settings throughout this retro-luxe lounge. Gold embossed phoenix-like dragons adorn the walls to exemplify the dawn of a new day, also emblematic of NYC nightlife proverbially rising from the ashes this year with strength and optimism. Guests at Coby Club can expect craft cocktails and small plates, and, as current restrictions relax, live musical performances, and other unexpected entertainment.

Coby Club opens in Chelsea, NYC

Visitors will also discover small bites like ham & swiss croquettes, crispy potatoes, shihito peppers, charcuterie boards, flatbread pizzetta and more. Craft Cocktails include a Burnt Orange Old-Fashioned, Pineapple Paradise and a Coby Cosmo made with citrus vodka, orange liqueur, fresh key lime and passion fruit puree.

Coby Club opens in Chelsea, NYC
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Bob Pontarelli is the owner of Coby Club. He was also the force behind other NYC nightlife spots like Crowbar, Barracuda and Leshko's with he opened with his late business partner, Stephen Heighton. Together, they also opened Elmo in 2002.

The Coby Club is located at 156 ½ Seventh Ave, New York, NY Website Reservations via Resy