SUGAR HILL GANG
It may be time to dig out the ermine and the pearls again — Harlem is back.
On Tuesday night, New Yorkers from downtown, uptown and way uptown converged on Jimmy’s, the new Harlem nightclub near Sugar Hill, for a party following the premiere of Woody Allen’s “Sweet and Lowdown.”
“When I was a kid,” said Allen, who was glued to Soon-Yi’s side all night, “I used to come up here all the time. People just don’t realize how beautiful it is.
“Music has always played a crucial part in my films,” he continued. “Ninety-nine percent of the time, I use my own records for the soundtrack.”
“Sweet and Lowdown” stars Sean Penn as a jazz guitarist who falls for a mute 16-year-old, played by Samantha Morton, and then for a bombshell, played by Uma Thurman.
In the back room of Jimmy’s, Thurman huddled with Ethan Hawke, who picked at a plate of country ham, candied yams and buttermilk biscuits.
“I had a great time with Woody,” said Thurman. “I didn’t have to work too hard because Woody just brings you in, you do your thing and you get out fast.”
Thurman made a quick exit from Jimmy’s as well.
“It’s interesting up here,” she said, and pursed her lips. “Of course, I think SoHo is also interesting — and it’s only 20 blocks from my house!”
But the rest of the crowd lingered on, enjoying an R&B set from the legendary Ruth Brown.
“It’s like coming home,” Brown said.
Earlier in the evening, stylish downtowners packed into Me & Ro, the new store for the jewelry line by Michele Quan and Robin Renzi.
“Michelle and I met as waitresses at Indochine years ago,” explained Renzi.
Pressing through the crush of people sipping champagne and munching on summer rolls (on the wintriest day of the season) was Julia Roberts, who greeted the designers with kisses.
“I want to meet your parents!” she cried. “I love parents!”