Guests could dine at Park Avenue Bar & Grill multiple times, and yet leave each visit feeling as though they'd never been there before. Behind the restaurant's historic fa?ade of red brick and arched windows await six distinct areas, each welcoming diners into a different experience. Downstairs, bartenders mix drinks at a traditional wooden bar, and upstairs, a modern lounge fills glasses amid tomato-red walls and zebra-patterned tile. After they dine on white tablecloths in the refined second-floor dining room, patrons can wander out to the private courtyard for drinks, or head up to the rooftop to watch New York's mayor give the skyline its nightly spit shine.
To match the atmosphere of each space, chefs prepare fusion cuisine that is American continental. Meticulously prepared entrees cater to guests seeking evenings of fine dining, and lighter fare, such as tapas and empanadas, facilitates socializing.
The passionate chefs at Maria Mentiras Bar & Grill intensify the Spanish flavors in their steaks, seafood, and chicken with the kiss of an open flame. Exposed brick walls, subtle lighting, and a long, smooth bar table set an elegant scene for diners to start their meals with golden-fried pork cracklings or plantains topped with shredded steak and pork. The menu's smoked, barbecued, and seared entrees include everything from fried red snapper to grilled skirt steaks cooked to meet high school prom dress codes. Beef rib "lollipops" glazed with housemade barbecue sauce playfully spin Latin American cuisine, while the traditional Columbian bandeja paisa impresses palates with grilled steak, chorizo, and pork belly served alongside sweet plantains and fried eggs.
For years after its construction in 1904, the Liberty Theater housed some of Broadway's most popular shows, and the likes of Fred Astaire, Marilyn Miller, and George Cohen graced its stage. Its glitzy interiors, meanwhile, represented the opulence of show business. Today, that grand stage is closed, but its memory lives on in The Liberty Diner. Though recently renovated, the space retains much of its original interior architecture, including the glimmering retro decor and the colorful fish tank where all the actors were kept before every show. To match this spirit, the Diner's kitchen churns out dishes inspired by classic diners and bistros of the 20th century?but with a slightly modern twist. The signature house burger is topped with bacon and bleu cheese, and offered up alongside sandwiches such as a rare ahi tuna steak and a towering open-faced reuben. Hearty Italian pastas topped with seafood or cream sauce, tender bistro-style steak frites, and house specialties such as fish and chips and oven-baked meatballs are also served. Classic house cocktails and wine provide the ideal pairings for every dish.
At RuDance Ballroom Center, specially trained instructors imbue fledgling dancers with the skills to confidently dominate on the dance floor or wow judges in toe-twinkling competitions. They lead students in all abilities through multi-tiered dance programs, imparting the steps and techniques for more than 10 traditional ballroom dance styles. Their classes range from the rhythm and Latin disciplines, such as the cha-cha and samba, to the standard dances of the tango and waltz. They also lead a kids' program for children and teens, priming our nation?s future generation of rug-cutters, who will one day preserve our freedom by winning dance-offs against the Soviet Union.
Immersing dancers in a real-world dancehall setting, the instructors transform their 7,000-square-foot studio into a rollicking dance party on the weekends, encouraging guests to showcase their newly mastered moves among their peers.
Minus 5 Ice Bar's unusual experience always starts with a trip to the coat check. But instead of hanging up visitors' jackets, staffers there hand out gloves and parkas. These luxurious duds prepare guests to step inside the refreshingly chilly winter wonderland.
Beyond the bar's front doors lies a multi-chambered palace of ice, where seats, walls, bars, and even cocktail glasses are made of frozen water coaxed to hold a certain shape. The libations within the glasses benefit from the cold as a bite of frost is added to their natural potency. They're hardly the only entertainment available, though. Amid upbeat music, each room of the bar features a unique artistic theme manifested by resident ice artists through a variety of sculptures and pieces of icy decor, many lit by colorful LEDs. Professional photographers prowl the passageways alongside the waitstaff, ready to snap photos for guests to immortalize memories or remind themselves that they didn't actually step into Narnia.
What do Scarface, The Terminator, and The Graduate all have in common? They're all inventive pizzas you can order at The West End, a swanky bookstore-turned-lounge that dazzles with live drag shows, dueling pianos, and standup comedy. Diners can share a pizza topped with caramelized apples, gorgonzola, and red onions, bite into a Bueller's burger?a half-pound baked burger smothered with pimiento cheese and the restaurant's signature sauce?or sample the fries dusted with sumac and parmesan, and drizzled with truffle oil. After dinner, guests can invite Amy Adams to their table in the form of a craft cocktail infused with muddled strawberries and fresh basil and named after their star. Downstairs, exposed bricks line the venue's cellar, which hosts live entertainment nightly, and can be reserved for private parties.