PLAN DATE: THURS / AUG. 9
Never judge a book by its cover. While China Chalet may lack the sort of visual ritz common around its Wall Street location, this long-running Chinese restaurant whips up some delicious (and, yes, wonderfully greasy) Cantonese and Sichuan fare. We especially recommend the Dim Sum (namely their taro cake and har kow), but don’t be shy to explore their expansive menu. But that’s not really why you come here. You come here because this place turns into one of the most exclusive nightlife spots in the city after dark. You’ll see what we mean when you go. Read this piece by Thrillist to get the full picture.
After dinner (or pre-club), take a short walk down to the water to the gorgeous Pier A Harbor House in Battery Park. Nestled right on the tip of Lower Manhattan, Blacktail is a hidden gem celebrating Cuban history, craft cocktails, and high-end charm. With a timeless, speakeasy vibe, the bar itself is Blacktail’s standout centerpiece, with a massive stained glass skylight bordered by an overgrowth of greenery, wood pillars plastered with old-school Cuban posters, and a bartop plaque dedicated to the late, great Ernest Hemingway.
47 Broadway, Manhattan
idk tip: On your way to Blacktail, check out all the many monuments in Battery Park. Great photo ops to bulk up your Insta stories.
2nd Floor, Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place, Manhattan
idk tip: For drinks, we recommend the sweet Ballerina, the sour Tear-Jerker, or the classy Sharpshooter.