Before it became home to The Underground in 1997, the restaurant and bar's turn-of-the-century building housed a teashop owned by Mike Tyson's former mother-in-law and a communist bookstore reportedly teeming with FBI agents. It's an appropriately eclectic history for a nightspot that has been a filming location for TV shows such as Law and Order and stages diverse acts almost nightly, from offbeat musicals and cabaret singers to burgeoning comics and jazz combos.
Melodies and laughter soar toward The Underground's arched brick ceilings, carrying all the way to the bar where, behind its handmade stone top, bartenders mix cocktails, pour wines, and supply beer by the tap, bottle, and can. Libations complement the kitchen's shareable snacks, which range from platters of cuban paninis or barbecue pulled-pork sandwiches to pizzas such as the gorgonzola apple, which chefs make by hand with fruit plucked from a gorgonzola apple tree.
Unlike its eclectic selection of seasonal dishes, Lura Restaurant features a design theme hinged on two simple materials: wood and rock. Walls lined with exposed stone and brick surround stained-wood tables, thick timber columns, and a wooden mantle above a fireplace. Patrons gather in the rustic setting to share Mediterranean-style tapas, which may include sun-dried-tomato hummus, tahini artichoke hearts, and Italian-style fettuccini with fennel sausage or to devour individual dishes, such as grilled tiger shrimp and steak frites. As its cocktail-embedded logo suggests, Lura Restaurant also offers a number of mixed drinks, wine, and beer that pair perfectly with the seasonally changing menu and your frenemy’s face.
Three floors, five bars, flashing lights, and thumping bass are the ingredients that make up the tasty cocktail that is SOHO Nightclub. Each floor has its own atmosphere and guests are invited to wander from level to level, sipping drinks and taking in the scene. A male revue and a legion of go-go dancers add sultry moves to the mix on designated evenings. Revelers can relax with bottle service or hookah at tables—the perfect setting for reading a really good book.
Ireland is famous for its hospitality, thanks to an old Brehon law stating that every village must have a parlor to welcome passing travelers. Though it's not on the Emerald Isle, The Parlour aims to uphold this age-old principle in its cozy eatery decked with exposed-brick walls and rustic, wood accents. To acquaint diners with Irish flavors, more than 10 draft beers join a pub-style menu that includes such classics as bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, and beer-battered fish 'n' chips. The staff keeps the atmosphere lively with weekly specials and events such as karaoke, beer pong, and "Danny Boy" crying contests.
Bar Luna Wine Bar's menus are filled with delicious edibles that offer guests an authentic taste of the boot country’s cuisine. Start off a romantic evening with a plate of three assorted cheeses and charcuterie ($9)—choosing from options such as french brie, swiss tête-de-moine, prosciutto, speck, and more—and a manchego salad with dates, walnuts, and green pear pieces ($9). Limber tongues can move on to more-substantial tastings with bresaola pizza ($10) or a broiled filet of salmon with a chopped Mediterranean sidekick ($17). Customers who show up for brunch can sample yogurt parfait with mixed berries and house-made granola ($7) or stuffed french toast topped with caramelized red pears and chocolate sauce ($7).