Le Boy becomes Castro, and gets a makeover in the process.
March 26, 2014
While thousands of ’mos headed to Hell’s Kitchen for the final Black Party at Roseland Ballroom last weekend, guys who prefer to do their partying uptown got a revitalized place to get their groove on. On March 20, Castro (104 Dyckman St, 646-692-4631)—which now occupies the former Le Boy Bar space in Washington Heights—celebrated its soft opening.
“Castro Bar is a new place with the idea to bring something new and fresh to our LGBT [community],” explains the bar’s co-owner Carlos Zuluaga. The project is coming together courtesy of the former Le Boy Bar owners, along with an infusion of nightlife talent from the minds behind Hombres Lounge in Jackson Heights. They’ve also made the wise decision to bring legendary party promoter Yamil Martinez to the team.
“The opening weekend starts [with] three DJs, special live performances and dancers, free shots and no cover,” Zuluaga explains. But don’t expect Castro to be all club, all the time. “It’s a bar restaurant with soft, relaxed and upscale ambiance—minus the attitude—for everybody’s entertainment,” he says, noting that the restaurant will be serving a fusion of Chinese and Cuban cuisine. They’ll even serve brunch on Sundays.
Happy hour is from 5pm to 9pm on weeknights, and Castro will be offering uptown boys a different DJ experience each night of the week: Monday is oldies night, complete with go-gos and drag queens; Tuesday is “kinky heels” night, with drag queen performers and servers; Wednesday is “La Femme” night; on Thursdays the DJs will spin hip-hop; Friday is “SOS”; and on Saturdays Castro will be all about the papis.
On March 21, Castro’s doors officially swung open. And now that Black Party has completely spent all the dyed-in-the-wool Hell’s Kitchen boys who think Washington Heights is about as close to Midtown as Manhattan is to Los Angeles, it’s worth noting that Castro is actually only a half-hour jaunt away on the 1 train. ¡Vaya! ¡Tú por aquí!