While some are in St Tropez and Ibiza, we've watched the construction finish, the invitation ink dry, and already gone to the unveiling of a whole slew of new spots.
Here's the 1st dispatch of what you should put on your circuit for the upcoming season.
Mix in New York
WHAT: Alain Ducasse's second restaurant in NY.
WHEN: September 8th
WHAT: Steven Hanson goes to Vegas.
WHEN: August 28th
Crobar New York
WHAT: Cal Fortis and Ken Smith's Crobar is now in "renovations" in Chicago (they're still open in Miami) but best yet, coming to NY.
West 28th Street
WHAT: The restaurant taking over the space claimed by Buddha Bar (who squatted there for 2 years never to open.)
Jeffrey Chodorow's Japanese spot in the forthcoming Hotel Gansevoort.
WHEN: February 2004
WHAT: Horace Madison's new spot in Miami.
Outrageous interior by Rob McKinley who did private club PM in NYC.
Hush-hush, GM is from one of the hot spots in town, still a secret.
Outside garden will be private for invited guests only with a private alley entrance.
510 Ocean Drive
WHAT: Speaking of Rob McKinley (who's ex Hilfiger, Armani)...his hot design once again.
The private club at 50 Gansevoort in NYC.
WHAT: A German-Jewish spot from Keith McNally (Balthazar and Pastis).
Corner of Rivington and Norfolk in NYC
WHAT: former J Records artist Marcus Linial's new club.
285 W. Broadway
WHEN: super hot pre-opening events now with a grand opening late August
WHAT: Another Steve Hanson spot in NYC with Fiamma chef/owner Michael White.
To open in the Meatpacking District
WHAT: from Vincent Seufert, former partner at Rhone, and Joel Michel, former GM at Pastis.
Also in the Meatpacking district in NYC.
5 Ninth Avenue (between Gansevoort and L. West 12 Sts.)
And to leave you off with a mystery, we hear rumors abound of Jimmy Rodriguez (Jimmy's Bronx Cafe and Jimmy's Downtown) doing a fabulous thing...Just rumours for now though...
HIPFAVE: spotlight on Hue
A real cell phone conversation:
"I'm at Hue"
"You're at Sway?"
"No, I'm at 'way', but it's spelled 'hue'"
"You're at Vue?"
"You're at Suede?"
How much do we love Karim and Frank's new spot in NYC, Hue?
It's, as the Germans would say, Fabelhoff!
We could have spent all night there, downing spring rolls and running into the fun folk of NYC, various supermodels and Dave Rabin (Lotus), what else could one need.