Spherical lights seem to drift in smooth bubbly spirals up toward the ceiling of Fl?te Bar & Lounge?s Gramercy location. Conversation bursts effervescently off walls and artwork in a palette of ros? pinks and prosecco tans. Myriad champagnes and sparkling wines, including Perrier-Jou?t gran brut and a range of cavas, form lacelike crowns of bubbles in an atmosphere that aims to blend the French art de vivre aesthetic with a dash of NYC nightclub. Patrons can select single flutes or bottles, or they can sample several flights that showcase different grapes, a single producer, or the patience of a waitress willing to help you pick out all the bubbles. Cocktails lean heavily on sparkling wines and include bellinis, a blend of prosecco and fruit puree, which pair nicely with small plates of cheese and fruit or foie gras terrine.
Fl?te now operates locations in Midtown, Gramercy, and Paris. In Midtown, visitors descend a short flight of stairs before sinking into intimate booths or plush benches. The original Midtown location celebrates its speakeasy roots with fiery jazz nights every Saturday, complete with performers and guests alike dressed in period apparel.
Rather than the colored spotlights that scurry across many a modern dance floor, Drom’s performance space twinkles beneath the glimmer of its massive Turkish chandelier. In its glow, Layla Isis, Mariyah and Sira move to gypsy rhythms, undulating through live performances. During the spinning spectacular, Layla showcases the same fleet-footed prowess that landed her a role in Sex and the City 2 and a spot on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, though by that time, Conan had been successfully replaced with a snowman wearing a clown wig. An artist of the beautiful, she blends traditional belly dancing with her stunning reimagining of the Danse Serpentine—a medium created by Chicago native Loie Fuller and popularized in Paris in the late 19th century—with billowing reams of cloth and striking changes in light.
Due to the success of these performances, Drom's dancers have started to teach classes. On Saturday, before the night ramps up, the talented dancers twirl into classrooms to teach their art to curious students.
Fusing the best parts of a posh New York nightspot and a low-key Moroccan hideaway, Disiac Lounge graces nightly crowds with a menu of falafels, paninis, and cheese plates to pair with a panoply of sumptuous cocktails. Plush red stools line the neon-lit bar, where tenders whip up a host of chocolate-liqueur-infused libations, stir signature martinis in 16 flavors, and pour spirits aged in the choicest of camel humps. Bedecked with hints of crimson and gold, the intimate lounge plays host to a daily happy hour, and can be reserved in advance for private parties. Profilers from New York magazine praise the laid-back lounge for its mesmerizing interior, and maintain the bar's real draw lies in "pleasant patio […] laden with lanterns and Moroccan-style poufs for perching." Readers also chimed in with an almost-perfect 9 out of 10 review, only previously achieved when Roger Ebert reviewed the film adaptation of Ebert: An Autobiography.
The atmosphere at Gizzi's hums with a perfectly calibrated balance of lively music and intimate conversation fueled by eclectic, upscale American dishes and expertly mixed cocktails. High-backed booths, brick walls, and a flat-screen television surround guests as they chat over lemon-and-lime-marinated shrimp ceviche and delicate but filling salads that toss beds of mixed greens or arugula with pears, walnuts, or fried shrimp. Flame-kissed skirt steaks mingle with Achuk Chuchuk salade, as well as lamb chops that just leapt off the sizzling grill like a spooked spatula. While socializing over the mixologist's painstakingly shaken and stirred libations, guests can get toes tapping to live music performances scheduled throughout the week, or hone their critic's eye during independent-film screenings held every other Sunday.
The chefs at Hachi Restaurant & Lounge accessorize the simple, straightforward presentations of Japanese cuisine with flourishes of pan-Asian and European flair. Cinnamon-coated orders of seared tuna arrive with a piquant dab of wasabi aioli, and grilled clams fist bump taste buds with their bacon-truffle butter. Even the sushi pushes its traditional bounds with a dollop of mango salsa or yogurt sauce lining rolls of spicy salmon and hand-peeled grains of rice.
Much like Paul Bunyan's cummerbund, the dining room spreads across two stories, creating the ambience of a lounge with its intimate lighting, S-curved couches, and rich wooden floors. Circular sconces cast sunburst patterns of light across the walls, and blue and purple fiber-optic lighting dangles over the bar.
Aromas of roasted lamb, spicy merguez, and subtly sweet shisha waft across Le Souk's three stories of space, surrounding patrons with the scents of Moroccan cuisine. In the kitchen, the chefs stuff housemade lamb sausage and sprinkle strands of saffron into their fragrant sauces. Platters of couscous and tagines with duck confit, red snapper, or lobster help to lend distinctly North African flavors to the menu.
Moorish archways link the restaurant's orange-walled rooms, which are lit by dangling lanterns and smoldering coals atop hookahs filled with fruit-flavored shisha. Guests can practice their smoke rings or smoke dodecahedrons while live dancers and occasional DJ performances entertain them throughout the night.