PLAN DATE: TUES / MAY 21
It’s all about fusion for your dinner at Calle Dao, a Cuban-Chinese restaurant designed to pay homage to the Havana’s once-thriving El Barrio Chino (Chinatown), the largest neighborhood in Havana in the late 1870s. The space is reminiscent of the old-world Havana restaurants—think white-washed walls accented by Chinese artwork, spices, and bright colors, distressed wood, and whirring ceiling fans. The food effortlessly blends Cuban staples with Asian influences creating unforgettable dishes like Ma Po Maduros (spicy pork, Sichuan peppercorns, toban-djan, and scallions) and Lechon Bao Buns (steamed Bao buns with lechon, pickled plum salsa, and sesame hoisin). Their cocktails also marry the old and new world with historically inspired cocktails made with modern ingredients. Yum.
Afterward (or before, if you want to make their happy hour) head over to Windfall—a midtown watering hole that’s refreshingly low-key. The spot boasts a 44-foot long bar and word on the street is that their staff is some of the friendliest in town, as well as the most knowledgable for drink recs. We recommend their Amaretto Sour.
23 West 39th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Their happy hour runs 5pm—7pm through the week and gives you $6 wells, $7 or $7.50 for select wines, and $5 Bud Lights & Molson Pints.
38 Parlor, West 39th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Try the 1857 (orange infused vodka, amaretto, fresh lime juice, ground ginger and sesame oil garnished with star anise). The drink commemorates the year the first ship carrying Chinese laborers arrived in Cuba.