Tucked away among Greenwich Village’s historic Greek Revival and Italianate town houses is Omar’s, a private subterranean supper club that recalls London’s storied Annabel’s during the sixties. Once home to legendary nineties restaurant Marylou’s, Omar’s 4,000-square-foot space is divided into two sections: the restaurant La Ranita, which is open to the public, and the members-only dining room known as Omar’s, which has its own unmarked entrance.
When Venezuela-born Omar Hernandez decided to open a private supper club, he wanted to offer his neighbors and friends a place that felt like home, where the worlds of art, publishing, film, and fashion could mingle. Guests can expect to be seated next to a cosmopolitan crowd of regulars such as the Duke of Feria, Andrea Dellal, Dree Hemingway, and Marisa Berenson. Resembling a chic town house, the succession of private rooms feature Art Deco touches such as black-and-white marble floors, gold-trimmed sconces, and mirrored walls decorated with vintage fashion photography by the likes of Helmut Newton and Ellen von Unwerth.
After a warm welcome from Hernandez, we were ushered into the dining room, which offers plush banquettes, where we dined on superb filet mignon served with potatoes, mustard, and watercress in an elegant, homey atmosphere. Hernandez is something of a behind-the-scenes fixture, having spent the last decade as André Balazs’s “director of ambience” at the hotelier’s properties, which include the Raleigh hotel in Miami and Soho’s Mercer Kitchen. “I want people to instantly feel at home and among friends the second they enter,” confided Hernandez, who won us over the moment we stepped into his enchanting supper club.
Omar’s. 21 West 9th Street New York, NY 10011. 212.677.5242
Photos: Courtesy of Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz