Clubplanet Pick of the Week: Drom

Clubplanet Pick of the Week: Drom

by Kamilah Darling
11.08.2010

New York City is known worldwide as the spot where a plethora of cultures and traditions come together, thrive and grow. No matter where you go in the city, you will be among people from all sorts of backgrounds. This holds true in the world of nightlife as well; there are clubs that pay tribute to any and every culture imaginable. Drom is one of the many New York City clubs devoted primarily to global music and culture. But unlike many clubs, Drom provides a fresh new take on the much visited global theme.

Drom just reopened in September, after undergoing major cosmetic renovations. Owners Serdar Ilhan and Ekmel Anda wanted this incarnation of Drom to draw on its past of presenting global music giants (such as James Galway, Boban Markovic, Mamadou Diabate and Brooklyn Funk Essentials) to the masses while also showcasing aspiring artists.

Ilhan and Anda’s vision is to create a sense of community, not just to entertain. This mission is clear even just by viewing the décor of Drom. Decked out with inviting reds and purples, the club almost makes you feel as if you are in a cozy living room. Seating is close and intimate – no vast spaces and cold surfaces here. The lighting is soft and buttery, drifting throughout the warm setting. The ambiance makes you feel as if you could relax and stay for awhile. A feeling that only adds to the sense of community Drom’s owners aspire to provide.

The scenery isn’t the only thing that’s comfortable about Drom. The menu is surprisingly affordable, and pleasantly appealing, with such offerings as lamb skewers, tzatziki and soujuk and kasher cheese paninis.

November’s calendar at Drom does not disappoint, either. Wednesday, the 10th marks the performance of Kader Fahem, “a flamenco jazz virtuoso.” On Saturday, November 13th, Turkish pop sensation Nukhet Duru presents a special show, or on the 17th, check out Duru, one of Slovakia’s biggest names in rock.

In Romani culture, the word “drom” means both a journey and a road. It is clear that this meaning holds true to the club as well; Drom isn’t just a venue, it’s an experience.

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