Best soulful-house parties

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Soulful house—the kind that came of age at spots like the Paradise Garage, the Shelter and Newark’s Zanzibar—is, along with hip-hop, the sound that the world most associates with New York’s nightlife scene. Twenty years after its birth, the emotion-drenched, R&B--based end of the house spectrum is still supplying the soundtrack to our clubbing world, and here are the top parties where you can to find it.

  1. Body & Soul
    New York veterans Joe Claussell, Franois K and Danny Krivit pack the massive dance floor of Webster Hall’s main room with deep and soulful house, classics, Afro-Latin rhythms and anything else they feel like at their ever popular monthly Sunday tea dance. Webster Hall, 125 E 11th St between Third and Fourth Aves (212-353-1600)

  2. 718 Sessions
    If soulful disco and R&B-based house are Gotham’s gift to the dance-music universe, then Danny Krivit is the city’s top Santa Claus. It doesn’t matter that the party bounces from venue to venue: Wherever it ends up, it’s one of the best shindigs in town. Santos Party House, 100 Lafayette St at Walker St (212-714-4646)
  3. Roots
    Masters at Work’s Louie Vega and Blaze’s Kevin Hedge—two guys who have long been fighting to keep the soul in NYC’s club scene—dig through their collections every Wednesday at Cielo and spin the music that got us here. Cielo, 18 Little W 12th St between Ninth Ave and Washington St (212-645-5700, cieloclub.com)
  4. Soulgasm
    House, funk, soul and old-school hip-hop spurt from East Village hangout Sin Sin’s two floors, with DJ Brian Coxx New York (as opposed to the techno Bryan Cox and the hip-hop Bryan Cox, both of whom are missing that extra-x oomph) and his guests working the ones and twos. Live percussion helps juice up the evening. For more info, go to myspace.com/soulgasmnyc. Sin Sin 85 Second Ave at 5th St (212-253-2222)
  5. Deepa
    The Deepa clan tosses a monthly house-music gala at Public Assembly, featuring residents Brian Burnside, Marc Bartolomeo and guests spinning deep and soulful house, with the occasional teched-up tune and classic tossed into the mix. Public Assembly, 70 North 6th St between Kent and Wythe Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-782-5188)

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