Memberships to Have Now

From grand international extensions of private clubs to exclusive perks only those in the know can possess, nine ways to elevate the everyday.

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For Culture Underground: Omar’s La Ranita

Duck down into the discreet basement entrance of a townhouse in New York’s Greenwich Village to enter the glamorously low-lit La Ranita restaurant. Breeze past the bar, turn left through the mirrored one-way doors and find the entrance to Omar’s, the private members’ club ringmastered by nightlife veteran Omar Hernandez. Onetime “director of spark and ambiance” for hotelier André Balazs, Hernandez has created his own VIP den in a 4,000-square-foot bar and dining room accessible only to its 350 members. It’s a modern-day riff on the boîtes of the 1960s like Annabel’s in London. Expect spontaneous, salon-style events in the fireplace-lit library bar, such as a screening of Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis’s latest film, Third Person. Memberships start at $1,500, plus a $250 registration fee; 23 W. Ninth St.; 212-766-5242;