A few finger-taps on the digital screens inside Ai Tunes Karaoke Lounge's private karaoke rooms unlock more than 70,000 songs in English, Korean, Cantonese, Mandarin, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, or Japanese for guest singers to choose from. Servers visit the rooms to take orders for tapas and entrees that range from Asian noodles to stone-baked naan wraps. They also pour draft beer and mix sake bombs or cocktails such as the French Connection—a smooth blend of Hennessy and Grand Marnier.
Part sports bar and part dance club, Hush Sports Bar & Lounge is like a playground for grown-ups. A 15-foot projector screen and 70" flat-screen TVs deliver every pass and block during live football games right to the seats flanking the lounge's three fully stocked bars. Ten competition-size pool tables span the black-and-white checkered floor in a dedicated billiards room, where people can hone their hand-eye coordination and refuel with wings or fried lobster tail. In another room, a twirling disco ball sends a shower of light across the spacious dance floor and hookahs keep guests occupied as they blow flavored smoke rings or two-second Picasso interpretations. But above all, Hush is where people come to meet in style, with a dress-to-impress dress code to boot.
Purple Rain offers a modern and sophisticated interpretation of tapas within a sleek, open, and multifunctional dining space. Like an overachieving butterfly larva, Purple Rain transforms throughout the day from afternoon café to tapas restaurant and lounge by night. Their palate merges Asian and European cuisine, with a dinner menu offering finely crafted food art such as curry-grilled quail with pad thai noodles and roasted peanuts ($13), osso bucco with braised beef short ribs and gremolata ($10), and macadamia-crusted sea bass ($18). For leisurely late risers, Purple Rain's brunch menu includes eggs benedict with lobster tail ($10), raspberry beignets ($5), and Nutella-stuffed french toast with caramelized bananas and powdered sugar ($7). Enjoy one of their spritely custom cocktails, such as a tangerine-ginger mojito or sparkling sake with seasonal berries ($8 each), or skip drinking altogether to sprawl across their effulgent purple bar and perform shadow puppet plays on the ceiling.
Divan Restaurant & Hookah Lounge serves Persian-influenced Mediterranean feasts amid exotic artwork, plush pillows, and flowing curtains. Hooded lanterns cast a warm glow on murals depicting a sultan's court, colorful modern canvases, and tucked-away corners where diners share mezzes amid crimson cushions or chairs wrapped in silver cloth. As they dine upon dishes such as duck confit with black-currant relish and grilled lamb with pomegranate-mint demi-glace, guests enjoy the comforts of the hookah⎯a traditional water pipe that relaxes users with smoke that combines a touch of tobacco, sweet notes from fruit molasses, and a dash of wispy ghost.
As wispy tendrils of hookah haze dissipate overhead, diners clink glasses filled with drinks such as fruit-flavored martinis and sup on plates of blackened salmon, garlic-butter grilled shrimp, and molten chocolate cakes with hints of tarragon and raspberry sauce.
The aroma of brewing organic, fair-trade coffee from Brazil wafts through the air at 50th Street Cafe during breakfast and lunch. Behind the breakfast counter, cooks work to reinvent classic breakfast dishes. They flip pancakes made with cookie dough and drizzle them with chocolate or add fresh mozzarella and basil-pesto hollandaise to unorthodox omelets. Farm-fresh eggs and housemade hash browns, early-morning staples, arrive alongside less traditional panko-battered walleye fillets. The griddle sizzles like a knight in shining armor left in a hot car, laden with half-pound patties of Cattleman?s Selection ground beef, which end up on thick-cut sourdough toast with Old Smokehouse bacon and melted swiss cheese. That heat is also reflected in the bright hues of yellow tile and orange accents as well as whimsical calico-patterned carpets. The staff at 50th Street Cafe works to reduce its collective carbon footprint by using recyclable materials.
Gastronomic glamour comes standard at London Bistro, a combination eclectic-fare restaurant and after-hours lounge, dishing up Indian-, Kenyan-, and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Sink incisors into international menu items, such as the Oxford beef stew, featuring beef cuts simmered in brown sauce and veggies and paired with the cultural carbs of basmati rice or chapati bread ($10). The Kings Cambridge crab cakes features two crustacean circles trading for plate territory with claw-signed treaties, then relaxing among a garden of mixed greens drizzled in a mango sauce ($15). Parched patrons can wash down mouthfuls of sausage and mashed potatoes from the bangers and mash ($10) with a free cocktail Tuesdays through Thursdays.