1. Lavo 

Neighborhood: Midtown East
Address:
 39 East 58th St.
Website: 
lavony.com

Subtlety may not be Lavo's forte; that's exactly the point. Lavo delivers the decadence you look for on a special night out during daytime hours with their ecstatic Champagne Brunch.

Inhibitions here are lost and never found again. They court the shitshow by having the waitstaff dress in everything from bikinis to stilts, putting on a show with smoke and sparklers anytime someone drops over a grand on a bottle of bubbly. Of course, it is ridiculous and pretentious, but it's an experience, and it's better than sitting in bed watching Saturday morning cartoons all day. Just an FYI, impromptu stroll-ins are not a good idea here: Reservations are clutch.