When New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey drowned his sorrows into the wee hours last Saturday, he did so at a nightspot that has been the place of choice for pretty much any celebrity looking for a good time in New York: 1 Oak, a West 17th Street nightclub whose name stands for “one of a kind.”
Mr. Harvey’s ill-fated night, which lasted until 4 a.m., according to The New York Post, may have gone unnoticed had he managed to make it to Citi Field by 3 that afternoon. Instead, he reportedly sent a text to the Mets’ pitching coach, Dan Warthen, saying he had a migraine. The team didn’t buy his excuse and suspended the pitcher, known as the Dark Knight, for three games. The melodrama came to a close on Tuesday, when a contrite Mr. Harvey apologized to his teammates and fans.
The nightclub played another role in the pitcher’s recent troubles: It was the place where, early this month, the Brazilian model Adriana Lima was photographed on the arm of a former boyfriend, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman. Mr. Harvey, who had a relationship with Ms. Lima, apparently saw the photograph while he was in Atlanta with his teammates.
Established in 2007, 1 Oak is also where Rihanna, clad in high-fashion pajamas, recently hosted her Met Gala after-party for a group that included Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Kendall Jenner, ASAP Rocky, Frank Ocean, Lupita Nyong’o and Leonardo DiCaprio. It is also where members of the Kardashian clan blow off steam when they come through New York. The place has been memorialized in song by Jay Z, and Kanye West delivered a rant at its Los Angeles branch last year after playing a track from his album “The Life of Pablo.”
Richie Akiva, a 1 Oak owner, credits the club’s success to his personal relationships with his headline-generating guests. “I don’t use them to better my business, they’re my friends,” he told The New York Times in 2015. “I try to protect them as much as I can.”
Known for its tight door policy and heavy security presence — Allure magazine once devoted a feature on how to get past its gatekeepers — 1 Oak has nonetheless played a part in a few celebrity scandals in recent years. Below, a roundup of the juiciest moments. Their lack of effect on the club’s popularity should give cheer to believers in the “all press is…