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Indochine San Marco & Buddha Lounge
At Indochine, if you order your drunken noodles at 5F, you'd better be prepared. The kitchen ranks the spiciness of its dishes on a scale of 1F (mild) to 6F ("Thai hot"), and chefs caution their guests that anything above a 4F is mighty fiery. The heat isn't the only part of your meal that you can customize, though. Diners build their entrées from the plate up, choosing from a large selection of curries, noodle plates, and wok-fried combinations and then adding their favorite protein—beef, chicken, tofu, veggies, shrimp, or scallops. To cool down, there's a selection of flavored iced teas, including blackberry-jasmine and orange blossom.
In Indochine's loft-like space, paper lanterns hang down from the ceiling's exposed pipes, and striking murals alternate with raw brick. Downstairs, the Buddha Lounge thumps with music until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Live bands and DJs encourage the crowds to dance, while the bartenders mix craft cocktails and wistfully watch any developing conga lines.