New York City-Lower East Manhattan
May 11, 2018
This sweet new spot on Delancey really comes into its own on warm summer nights. The LES venue boasts a small-plate dining space downstairs (featuring a unique take on grilled cheese, a piggy variant on the PB &J and a tempura shrimp cocktail), an opulent, gilded bar area and a third-floor roof bar complete with retractable ceiling and outdoor patio. Studded with fountains, plant life and Flintstones-like detailing, it’s a cool garden-like space, ideal for chilling out when the weather goes into overdrive if you like a venue with a view it’s worth a visit for that alone. If you’re dining, the menu is very meaty and tends towards the comfort food with a modern twist (steak frites, the daily roast) so vegetarians might struggle, but there’s a decent wine list and range of beers for the drinking crowd. There’s also a solid cocktail list and the place really livens up on weekend evenings when the DJs turn up and the party gets started (if you’re going for food, reservations are advised at the weekend). It’s a popular venue for holding events and the space benefits from having a different vibe on each floor depending on your crowd, tastes and budget, but expect queues when it gets busy and at weekends it’s not the place for a quiet night out (there have been grumblings in the neighbourhood about noise levels). Unsurprisingly, given the décor and the location, it generally isn’t cheap, but its high-impact interior makes for an impressive venue if your tastes run to flash.