A zapping haven with historical awareness, the Shenaniganz laser tag arena pits up to 24 players against one another in the gloomy haze and vibrant lighting of a 12th-century Cambodian temple. Players can repurpose ancient temple ruins as opaque bunkers and unload some light on unsuspecting opponents. Safe and well maintained, the laser tag arena warms up trigger fingers for joysticked, button-mashing mayhem in the 7,000-square-foot arcade. Stocked with more than 100 games, the arcade zone is a sanctuary for prize-seeking ticket hoarders and friendly competitors alike. With $35 worth of credits, players might be able to swap jackpots for prizes ranging from candy to a life-sized portrait of Macaulay Culkin. While children go wild in the arcade, parents can relax at the on-site sports bar, with more than 40 flat-screen TVs and two 25-foot hi-definition movie screens. Shenaniganz also has a restaurant and state-of-the-art bowling center. No reservations are required for laser tag, though players can always phone ahead to ensure there's no private party or toddler rave occupying the arena.
At Kismet Hookah Lounge, DJs’ beats pound out from the speakers, smoke pours out of hookah pipes, and the bottles of high-end vodka, cognac, and gin make their way from the backroom to tables. The twinkling ceiling lights and colorful hues set a festive tone inside for a night of smoking and socializing. Plush couches invite parties to plop down, pick from a variety of hookah flavors, and watch the vapors curl from their mouths and vanish into whatever dimension all smoke disappears to. Between breaths, customers can chow down grilled steak tacos and order full bottles of Belvedere, Johnny Walker Black, and Hennessy to toast a special occasion.
As a live DJ sends electronic beats skittering through Sushi Axiom's interior, a bartender skewers two lychee fruits for an exotic cocktail garnish. In the midst of the music and the colorful lights, Real Housewives of New York City alumna Kelly Bensimon and others have conducted meet and greets with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. As the glamorous clientele mingles, chefs deftly slice sashimi and sample culinary traditions from across the world without finding passive-aggressive notes on the United Nations refrigerator. One recent fusion dish is the Asian jalapeño poppers, an appetizer that D magazine writer Jennifer Chininis praised for "the delicate crunch from the tempura, the heat from the sriracha, the coolness of the softened cheese.":
Founded in 2010, the Wish Opera mounts productions that speak to contemporary audiences and sport the fashions of Canadian designers, sparing performers the indignity of having to don musty cravats and moth-eaten horse costumes. Rose Marie, an operetta set in the Canadian Rockies, tells the story of a French Canadian girl, an English Canadian miner, and the Mounties and misunderstandings that interfere with the course of true love. The 1,330-seat theatre’s ear-tickling acoustics enable Rudolf Friml and Herbert Stothart’s music and Oscar Hammerstein’s lyrics to keep the plot moving forward and ensure that “When I’m Calling You” stays in the audience’s brainpan for one calendar year.
All-important opening acts include the tableside-prepared guacamole ($12 if not dining on Tuesday or Wednesday), which is freshly sliced, diced, mashed, and smelted before the salivating eyes of feasters, or the classic Nachos Amador con Langosta, topped with lobster, black-bean puree, avocado, jack cheese, roasted-tomato salsa, and jalapeño jelly ($12). Brace your buttons for a mariachi-inspired bursting with one of Trece's main entrees. Options range from the vegetarian-friendly chile relleno vegetariano stuffed with spinach, goat cheese, and pecans ($18) to the hearty 12-ounce New York strip ranchero ($32), a mesquite-grilled cut topped with dark forest mushroom, morita-chile salsa, and chorizo.