Colorful lights, live music, and the smell of churrasco beckon passersby into Andres Carne De Tres, where chefs recreate the bold flavors of South America. Appetizers, such as empanadas dunked in a housemade sauce and guacamole made tableside, kick off meals before the real treat: platefuls of pork loin, skirt steak, chicken, ribs and fresh seafood—all cooked Colombian style. Patrons can order their own individual helpings from the menu—which includes items such as paella and chicken-and-mushroom crepes—or share a Tejarrilla Andres platter packed with enough Colombian chorizo and smoked pork ribs for two people or one pet bear. As the night rolls on, the dance floor tempts guests out of their seats with neon lights and live music crooned from a nearby stage.
Newcomers might walk into Dance Reverie with two left feet, but they leave with a graceful waltz-tempo spring in their step. Emphasizing a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere, instructors lead first-time students through an energetic array of dance styles including tango, swing, fox trot, samba, and merengue. Classes break down each dance into its constituent parts while participants learn with partners or solo. But whether the studio is hosting private lessons or group parties, the enthusiastic staff ensures each experience is as enjoyable as it is educational.
Jorday Rivera's passion for hip-hop and Latin dance infuses her classes with rhythmic energy during each meeting at her namesake studio. Jorday's interest in dance began at a young age when her parents took her to the bustling streets of Broadway to watch colorful stage productions and the spontaneous musical numbers that would take place during each rainstorm. By the time she reached adulthood, Jorday had garnered extensive experience in mambo, salsa, cha-cha, and hip-hop disciplines and had danced side by side with the likes of Eddie Torres and Mario Diaz. This accumulation of hip-swiveling savvy eventually led Jorday to cultivate a love of teaching, finally opening her own dance studio in 1997. Today, the studio houses a variety of dance classes, from modern and hip-hop to belly dancing and Latin, led by a cadre of instructors trained in a panoply of styles.
Inhabiting a former sweet shop, Pete's Candy Store unveils a whimsical seasonal menu of eclectic cocktails and gourmet sandwiches amid free nightly live music and other bustling bar activities. On Sundays, revelers can gobble up a roasted turkey, cheddar, and spicy aioli sandwich ($8) during open-mic (5 p.m.–8 p.m.), and then enjoy the indie-folk sounds of The Go Round (8:30 p.m. in March) while trying to keep the Dragonfly Punch cocktail ($10) from winging around the heads of other bar patrons. On any day of the week, an artichoke heart, brie, and onion-relish ciabatta sandwich ($8) pairs well with a Bleeding Heart cocktail, made with Akvavit, Cherry Heering, and lyrics from Celine Dion ballads ($10).
Rhythms and Soul’s laid-back, adult-oriented studio and clubby moves were featured on an episode of MTV's Made. Bring rhythm, grace, and choreography into your life, and reshape your monthly party schedule into dance-shaped Rectangos with salsa, Latin ballroom dancing, tango, swing, the hustle, and even dance fitness. Rhythms and Soul’s phalanx of professional coryphées give students individual attention while maintaining a pressure-free, non-competitive atmosphere. You can sign up with a partner by purchasing an extra Groupon as a gift, or fly solo at Rhythms and Soul. Its 60-minute group dance classes impart club-style maneuvering methods, classic ballroom steps, and other partner-pleasing gyrations by keeping the whole group revolvingly involved.