When Tao opens a rooftop, it doesn’t do it quietly: At Magic Hour’s opening party last night in Times Square hotel Moxy, celebrities like Candice Swanepoel, Laverne Cox, Grace Byers, and Busta Rhymes were all in attendance.
The sprawling, 10,000-square-foot space is a veritable adult playground with a moving carousel, a putt-putt course suggestively named Foreplay, an oversized topiary garden, multiple bars, nightly DJs, and state fair-inspired food. Also on the menu there’s the option to book a night at one of the hotel’s 19 “Crashpads” for $99.
The group is billing the space as an “urban amusement park,” with five distinct spaces starting with a funhouse mirror entrance decorated with topiary animals formed in racy positions. The outdoor areas are separated with a naughty and nice theme — the east side has a more garden party vibe, while the west side evokes a carnival with a rotating antique carousel that provides seating. There’s also that miniature golf course, with follies that also follow the sexy animal decor. Moving inside there’s an industrial-looking lounge area.
As for the food and drink, the menu is full of Americana dishes like lobster rolls, baby-back ribs, ice cream sandwiches, a burger, and more. Cocktails include the intriguing-sounding Dippin’ Dots shot.
Tao Group — the company renowned for its clubstaurant venues such as Tao, Vandal, and Lavo — is running all the food and beverage at Moxy, which includes seafood brasserie Legasea and breakfast restaurant Egghead.