Discuss: Danae Cappelletto is the new Amy SaccoA fresh-faced Australian import has staked her claim on NYC's after-dark scene.
Photo: Christian Hansen
Danae Cappelletto could use a nap. The leggy Aussie's Kenmare Street restaurant, Travertine (a date-night favorite for Beyoncé and Jay-Z), just fêted its first year with a blowout bash. Next, she christened her brand-new club, XIX, by hosting a video shoot for no less than P Diddy and Drake. One of few nightlife queens in New York, Cappelletto is putting the guys to shame. Being a chick in a boys' club is "sort of like a secret weapon," she says. "It excites people because it's so uncommon." Not to say she doesn't get a little help. Amy Sacco, who launched era-defining Bungalow 8 in 2001, recently stopped by to offer advice: "People want to see your light and energy. If you're exhausted, take a night off."
Danae's typically on the job at Travertine by 10 a.m., clad in short shorts and her favorite biker boots. After a hectic workday, she runs home to change, then to XIX, where it's "lights off and rock 'n' roll," she says. But, channeling her mentor's advice, she orders security to tap her on the shoulder by 3 a.m. "I never want to go home, but I do."
Latest Squeeze: Rumored to be dating British chef Andrew Lassetter
Stay-up-late uniform: Classic-chic Donna Karan
Neighborhood savvy: Bungalow 8 first brought the West Coast to the Far West Side
Cocktail philosophy: Amy's first big club, Lot 61, was responsible for Manhattan's late-'90s Cosmo craze.
Latest Squeeze: Eric Otero, GM of Gramercy Park Hotel's Rose Bar
Stay-up-late uniform: A vintage dress and Jimmy Choos
Neighborhood savvy: Gritty Kenmare Street is becoming downtown's restaurant row.
Cocktail philosophy: The Ubuntu, Danae's drink of the moment, pairs macho bourbon with ginger liqueur and spice.