Studio owner and award-winning dancer Dianna “D” Dray calls ballroom dance “therapy for the soul.” With her fellow instructors, she hosts these unorthodox therapy sessions, basing the lessons on the philosophy that “anyone can learn.” On Latin Days (Mondays and Thursdays), the teachers lead salsa, rumba, cha-cha, and samba classes. Other days feature ballroom dances such as the foxtrot and the tango (Tuesdays), and freewheeling swing and hustle classes (Wednesdays). D also leads classes specifically for brides- and grooms-to-be, teaching them the steps to gracefully handle their first dance as a married couple, whether it’s a tactful waltz or a classy hokey pokey.
Club Maggies is actually three venues in one?Maggie's Underground, Maggie's Uptown, and Maggie's Tiki Bar?each of which puts an individual spin on drinking and dining. Stop in for fresh seafood and burgers at Maggie's Underground the casual restaurant with a sports bar vibe, pop into Maggie's Uptown for a specialty cocktail or special sushi roll, or head to the fresh air of Maggie's Tiki Bar to drink in the sounds of live music with an island vibe during the warmer months. In addition to serving up a shared menu of unique pub fare, pizza, sushi, house specialty prime rib, and desserts such as chocolate fondues, Club Maggies holds regular events including open mic and karaoke nights.
Tipperary Pub's story begins with four longtime friends pounding the greens on their weekly golf game and discussing their passion for hearty food and heavy drink. Perhaps it was the whistling winds, the hue of the course, or pulling James Joyce out of a sand trap that inspired them to open their own Irish pub. Now the friendship of the founders extends to the patrons of their restaurant, where streams of 22 beers on tap and more than 80 whiskeys await happy gullets. The menu is loaded with Irish staples, including potato- and corned-beef-packed appetizers, and dishes such as shepherd's pie, lamb stew, and bangers and mash. Spirits continue to be raised by weekly trivia games and weekday specials, and Jersey Shore bands keep patrons dancing on weekend nights.
Atlantic Standard came by its name through the twin goals of its owners: to make dishes from scratch with seasonal Atlantic ingredients, and to set the standard for the culinary industry. Under the watchful eye of experienced chef and owner Bradley Rodriguez, the kitchen staff plates flavorful seafood dishes, brick-oven pizzas, and contemporary entrees bolstered by house-made pastas.
Since taking over the 17 Thomas Street location in 2005, J. O'Neill's Place owners Jennifer O'Neill and Shannon Lalley have overseen a complete facelift of their restaurant. The most recent update transformed the dining area into a bistro-like space, where romantic lighting casts shadows across sleek hardwood floors. More than just a welcoming ambiance, J. O'Neill's fills bellies, too, including with its fresh fish and shrimp during its popular Fish Fry Fridays.
A union of Middle Eastern and Western cultures, Fire N Ice Hookah Bar combines the laid-back charm of a hookah lounge with the music and swank of a nightclub. Customers roam through the electric bi-level space flooded by soft colorful lighting before picking their poison—hookah, drinks, food, or all three.
In the hookah lounge, they curl up on plush sofas cushioned by satiny pillows and reach out every so often to grasp the hookah pipe as it’s passed around, inhaling any one of 25 exotic hookah flavors. The smoke spirals up toward Middle Eastern tapestries hanging overhead or snakes around the top-shelf cocktails perched beside the pipe. It even intermingles briefly with the aromas wafting from Middle Eastern dishes—such as chicken tikka, korma sliders, and kebabs—before vanishing into the air as quickly as a magician at a science fair.
As the night lingers on, Fire N Ice begins its transformation into a full-blown nightclub. Belly dancers take to the stage first, twisting and shimmying across the spacious dance floor. By 11 p.m., the club's three DJs begin spinning top R & B and hip-hop hits intermixed with a few Arabian jams, signaling to guests that it's their turn to hit the floor.