Scott Sartiano, the Man Behind Zero Bond

But those days are over. Now 47 and married to Allie Rizzo, a Wilhelmina model, with a 4-year-old son, Henry, not only does he run one of the city’s hardest-to-connect social clubs (some, he said, have attempted five-figure bribes), he was recently appointed by the mayor to one of the city’s most influential and coveted civic positions: the board of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

As for his old life? He no longer wants to stay up until four in the morning six nights a week pampering VIPs. “Nightclubs suck your life out,” he said. As an old mentor once told him, “A club is forever a baby and you will always have to change its diapers.”

“I was blown away,” said Mr. Sartiano, recalling the moment in 2017 when he first toured the 19th century Victorian Gothic Building at 0 Bond, the current address, where Brooks Brothers was housed long ago. “I thought it was the coolest address on the coolest street.”

He considered a hotel, but the property was too small, so he turned to an “urban lodge and sheltered workshop” for people like him. “There was a void of places to go for people who are sophisticated and successful yet want to be social in the evenings,” he said. “The business model of most clubs is actually: ‘How many people can you stack on top of each other?’ I wanted to do the opposite.”

Judging by the half-dozen or more private social clubs opening in New York City today (see Casa Cipriani, Casa Cruz, and the Ned), he was clearly onto something.

Mr Sartiano is hesitant about joining the club, except to say there is a waiting list of 8,000. The annual membership fee ranges from $2,500 to $4,000 (plus a $750 to $5,000 starting fee), but money alone does not guarantee access to the club’s two floors of luxurious lounges, private dining rooms, omakase restaurant, movie theater and library.


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