Senses come alive when sitting on the plush red couches at Kasbah Hookah Lounge. The sounds of DJs spinning tracks sync with the rhythmic movements of exotically clad belly dancers roaming from table to table, weaving through clouds of aromatic hookah smoke. Customers can puff on more than 85 flavor combinations of the house’s 24 Starbuzz shishas, including classic options such as mango, or pairings such as honey, vanilla, and mint. The house also crafts their own signature blends for the five VIP flavors, including cinnamon toast crunch, which pairs apple, cinnamon, and banana. Bottles of wine and pints of beer accompany hookahs on the table, providing all of the fillers for a comfortable night out without having to lug around childhood teddy bears.
The dramatically draped ceilings inside Zacharys glow with blue, green, and pink lights, adding luxe atmosphere to the nightclub's popular Saturday night dance party. The dance floor thumps as special guest DJs spin a mix of current dance hits and classics, which pulsate from a state-of-the-art sound system while a light show on the dance floor dazzles eyes. In between songs, partygoers can hit the bar for a top-shelf cocktail or order bottle service complete with mix-ins and garnishes.?The energetic atmosphere promises to make everything from a night out with friends to a birthday party memorable.
In an effort to help recapture the elegant feel of nightclubs from the past, Zacharys has an upscale dress code; men are encouraged to wear collared shirts and shoes, and fill one pocket with a tiny emergency bowtie.
Executive Chef Dana Oddo draws from culinary skills cultivated from his time in the Memphis barbecue scene at Fuego Picante, where she fuses modern Mexican food with smokehouse barbecue fare. The restaurant's decor mirrors this savory synthesis, playfully blending sophisticated light fixtures and streamlined furnishings with whimsical flourishes, such as a mural of a cowboy. This serves as the perfect setting for Chef Oddos' warm and contemporary fare: tamales, chicken taquitos, and shrimp Creole all share menu space with mojitos that are freshly squeezed from the fruit of the 80-proof-rum tree.
Chef Ricardo Cardona might be from El Salvador, but that doesn’t mean his cooking sticks to tradition. At Mamajuana Café, he draws on more than 25 years of cooking to build his modern cuisine on a foundation of his homeland’s centuries-old cooking traditions. And it seems like his efforts have paid off: his Nuevo Latino dishes, which also prominently feature Dominican flavors, earned the eatery a Critics’ Pick designation from New York magazine. All that attention might be on account of the chef’s inventive flavor combinations, such as sweet plantains stuffed with salted cod, chicken-tempura sushi rolls, and Cornish game hen topped with diced chorizo and lobster. In the dining space, tufted leather banquettes run along the wall just beneath studio lighting and backlit artwork. Bright red and earth-tone curtains give the room a clublike vibe, which set the tone for when diners take to the dance floor between courses.
At Revel, the culinary team's careful execution of new American cuisines with worldly influences have caught the attention of more than the locals. Soft beef short ribs, meaty crab cake set on a white-bean pur?e, and thin, crisp, and addictive duck-fat fries all earned the praises of the New York Times' food critic Joann Starkey, whose visit was replete with cuisine that hit the mark. The dinner menu starts with appetizers, such as the creamy lobster bisque swirled with tarragon cr?me fra?che, which lead up to entrees, such as the 8-ounce filet mignon with a tiny flag that reads, "You made it."
At Raxx Pool Room, Sports Bar & Grill, rows of pool tables gleam under bright lights, waiting for the clatter of opening breaks and thuds of 8 balls sinking into called pockets. As expert or novice players line up their cues on the pristine felt, ample space around the tables allows for game attempts at tricky shots or rounds of Hokey Pokey to calm nerves. True to the sports bar's name, pool isn't the only activity here?arcade games, beer-pong matches, dart games, and karaoke performances grant their share of entertainment, as well. At the bar, the lights are a bit dimmer, so guests can relax after games by watching sports on the slate of 18 TVs?plus a 100-inch projector?and pairing wraps and burgers from the grill with a selection of specialty cocktails.