An intricate forest design etched in black-and-white glass spans the dimly lit rooms of The West Five Supper Club, whose spacious, modern venue transforms into a vivacious dance club upon nightfall. In the dining room, plush, high-backed booths surround wooden tables illuminated by flickering candles and a blazing stone fireplace. Modern-looking birch branches divide the booths, lending an intimate feel to diners as small plates of smoked salmon, short-rib sliders, or smoked-gouda mac 'n' cheese emerge from the kitchen in steady intervals during the early evening. As guests dine, they sip glasses brimming with one of 12 specialty cocktails crafted from exotic ingredients, such as elderflower, white-peach purée, and cranberry-thyme honey.
The restaurant transforms into a massive dance floor in the later hours where top DJs spin hits, mash-ups, and '90s favorites as an LED lighting systems floods rooms in a wash of vibrant rays. When not hosting thumping dance parties and mingling guests at its black-and-white booths, the lounge hosts weekly Zumba fitness classes. Guests can rent the private dining area and main room for parties of up to 150 people, from bachelorette festivities to Flashdance extras' reunions.
The cooks at 1Republik plate a menu of upscale New American pub fare as bartenders decant more than 40 brews on tap. Starters such as the truffle oil-laced tater tots or the grilled prawns warm up out-of-practice dining teams, readying dormant tongues for entrees such as the seared sea salmon or the potato-flanked strip steak. Chicken pot pie layers root vegetables and chicken velouté into a flaky puff pastry, providing a savory alternative to standard Americana pies filled with apples or bits of the Patriot Act. Duos and foursomes are also entitled to a round of draft beers or house wines.
With Hoboken's picturesque shoreline as its backdrop, The Quays fuses stunning waterfront views of Manhattan with a tasty bar menu and wines from both small-lot artisanal producers such as Sybille Kuntz and larger bacchanalian enterprises such as Shafer Vineyards. Foursomes can flip a quarter or a table to decide from more than 30 red and white vintages hailing from Napa, Italy, and Australia, or they can nurse frosty brews or classic mixed drinks such as gin and tonic. Spirited sips punctuate bites of chicken wings basted in Guinness barbecue sauce or quesadillas loaded with monterey jack and chicken. The bar’s contemporary-style booths and elegant, yet sociable atmosphere set the stage for groups to synchronously dive into fried calamari or for chicken tenders to test out their best “Why did the human cross the road?” jokes.
The Highline Ballroom's commitment to eclectic acts ranging from soulful blues to kid-friendly singer-songwriters has earned the sonic setting accolades from music fans including Citysearch’s Best Live Music Venue of 2008. The reggae ambassadors of Third World have parlayed their 10 Grammy nominations and unchecked diplomatic immunity to work with the Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, and other talented performers. Often referred to as the ‘seventh Python,’ Neil Innes inspires lyrical laughs with clever tunes including songs he wrote for the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail and other works in the comedy troupe’s canon. Soothe preadolescent ears with David Weinstone’s playful nursery rhymes about such topics as taxis, skyscrapers, and boogers, a huge hit with kids, parents, and congested cab drivers. The Reverend Horton Heat stirs up audiences with wild live shows that mix raucous southern rockabilly tunes with the delivery of a gospel revival.