A swanky Lower East Side nightclub appears to have violated social-distancing rules and hosted a secret “invite-only” party for affluent insiders, a source claims.
The newly opened Omar’s La Boîte — helmed by nightlife mogul and celebrity magnet Omar Hernandez — opened its doors to over a dozen revelers with no masks in sight on the night of Friday, May 1, a photo sent by a tipster appears to show. The tipster asked to remain anonymous for safety reasons.
“Omar’s is acting like they’re above the law . . . like they’re the 21 Club with their wine cellar,” the source told The Post, referring to the infamous former NYC speakeasy. “But this isn’t prohibition, this is a pandemic.”
Omar’s general manager, Ivan Busheski, denied claims that there were any get-togethers being held at the Lower East Side hot spot.
“We have never had any parties there, that’s not possible,” Busheski said.
Hernandez’s outposts are famously known for attracting A-listers and boldface names including at his Upper East Side restaurant Omar at Vaucluse that’s frequented by Spike Lee, Robert De Niro, Gayle King and Donald Trump Jr.
At La Boîte, the gaggle of covidiots — who, according to the source, were mostly made up of “privileged business owners” who are “big in the downtown scene” — were pictured holding cocktails near a bar top littered with more drinks, the photo shows.
In order to gain access to the underground shindig on Broome and Forsyth streets, guests were required to recite a “special code” at the door, said the source.
“I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ I was fuming,’” the source seethed. “Quite frankly, it’s disgusting.”
A partygoer defended their choice to breach social-distancing rules because they took an antibody test that suggested they are safe from infection, text messages obtained by The Post reveal.
But medical experts warn that the tests could lead to a false sense of security, and may not be accurate readings.
Governor Cuomo has banned gatherings of any kind and ordered all non-essential businesses, including bars, to offer take-out only. Violators can be fined up to $1,000.
This isn’t the first time one of Hernandez’s joints has come under fire. In June 2019, the Vaucluse location was slapped with a lawsuit by The Beekman building owners who wanted the glitzy outfit shuttered due to noise complaints.
The shaken up-source hopes La Boîte is held accountable, too.
“The establishment itself is really f - - ked up for doing this,” the source said. They could be “prolonging the process of getting back to our lives, and we’re going to be prisoners forever because of situations like this.”
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