Following an A-list launch party attended by celebs like Anderson .Paak and Hailee Steinfeld, Midtown’s hottest new rooftop lounge Starchild Rooftop Bar & Lounge at the Civilian Hotel is already a huge hit. Here, we check in with Sean Christie, CEO of Carver Road Hospitality, to talk the group’s debut New York venture.
This is Carver Road’s first New York project. How does the experience of opening in NYC differ from that in Las Vegas?
Las Vegas and New York City are two totally different worlds. Both are equally as exciting, but the Las Vegas products that we build are primarily in large-scale resorts with thousands of rooms versus opening in a neighborhood in a much smaller hotel. The scale may be different, but each offers incredible electricity.
What sets Starchild apart from other rooftop lounges in the city?
Starchild is unique as it has a retractable rooftop that can transform to become a fully open-air or enclosed space so it can be enjoyed year-round. The panoramic views of the Hudson River, mid-rise buildings and the general area are spectacular, but it’s the eclectic mix of interesting people that we draw that is the defining factor for Starchild.
How do Rosevale Kitchen & Cocktail Room and Starchild Rooftop Bar & Lounge complement Civilian’s creative Theater District aesthetic?
David Rockwell of Rockwell Group designed all three floors. Rosevale Kitchen (first floor), Rosevale Cocktail Room (second floor) and Starchild Rooftop (27th floor) each have their own distinct vibe and pay homage to Broadway. The restaurant features sconces engraved with theater facade sketches by prominent set designers and black-and-white photos of backstage theater life and afterparties. The Blue Room off the second-floor cocktail parlor has displays with iconic show props and costume pieces. Rockwell’s design for Starchild Rooftop celebrates the energy of the surrounding neighborhood.
Any upcoming high-profile events happening at Starchild?
Look for major Fashion Week activations in February and ongoing nightlife programming Thursday through Saturday nights with notable DJs, special guest artists and fun parties. We’re also launching a guest mixologist program at Rosevale Cocktail Parlor and brunch at Rosevale Kitchen.