Obama-mania hit Manhattan last night as yelpers–both Elite and non—strutted their swanky stuff at Country on Madison Avenue celebrating a new president in the White House and a new year for Yelp! Early birds Ki G and Chun L lunged towards the bar to snag the first of many Saaga Vodka’s Dirty Dicks distributed throughout the two floors of the expansive space. DJ’s Andrew & Andrew of East Village Radio had Stephanie M breaking out the “robot, booty bumping, other assorted ridonkulousness” and Mel F performing the in place booty shake all night. Not to be outdone, the scantily clad seductresses from Sugar Shake Burlesque worked up a sweat and got Jeremy G and Ethan C feeling All American. After hitting the coatcheck Cara A shot downstairs to down a Saaga “Barack Obama” while Natasha L lingered with our Barack O in Denisimo Photography’s Obamabooth (check out some photobooth escapades here!)
As the dancefloor was heating up, Jeff C slipped downstairs to munch on “parsnip puree, tuna tartlet, the swordfish skewer, confit, cheese, charcuterie” complimentary of Geoffrey Zakarian's kitchen at Country. Joining him in the Lifebooker & Spa Chinois “Change We Can Believe In” manicure room was Preethi C sipping on cocktails from the Indie Liquor Room next door. Another boozed up politico, Daniel P, camped out at the Castries Crème table while Melody H sampled tastes from Luna Sueño, LOFT Liqueurs, Kasteel Cru, Coole Swan, Domaine de Canton Ginger and Rhum Clement. After that alcoholic array everyone was surprised that despite nip slips and stair stumbles, no yelpers managed to knock over the delicately balanced acrobats from Imaginaerial who snuck out of the corners in red, white and blue! Ever the charitable yelper, Alyvia M celebrated the presidential inauguration with a hand-rolled cigar at the Little Cigar Factory Station downstairs after donating some hard-earned dough to the St. John’s Bread & Life team.
In fact, yelpers donated enough cash to buy 15,000 hot, nutritious meals for the St. John’s Bread & Life Soup Kitchen in Brooklyn. Now that’s a change we can believe in!