PLAN DATE: SUN / JUNE 2
If Israeli chef Eyal Shani’s Salon, a theatrical dinner experience, is a little too much for your current vibe, then enjoy the same great flavors in a cozier setting at HaSalon. This restaurant has the makings of an upscale decor with dark wood tables, pristine white brick, and eclectic chairs, but is made more casual and familiar with the additions of an open kitchen and some sofa seating. On the menu are inventive, high-quality Israeli dishes from a whole black sea bass cooked with Tunisian spices to a single pici noodle that’s twelve feet long. Prepare to be wowed by both the food and the prices—which run as high as the spirits here.
Popular with both the queer crowd and theatergoers, Barrage offers great drinks with a much more relaxed vibe than many Hell’s Kitchen bars. The walls are covered with colorfully framed photographs and the drink names are sassy (Golden Shower, anyone?) but it’s balanced with cozy couches, dim but not dark lighting, and friendly, relaxed bartenders. Grab a frozen daiquiri and enjoy the upbeat music that’s actually quiet enough (gasp of all gasps) for you and your date to talk over.
735 10th Avenue, Manhattan
idk tip: Come earlier for Bach and later for pumping DJ sets.
401 West 47th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Aim for happy hour to nab $5 martinis from 5 pm to 9 pm.