PLAN DATE: TUES / SEPT. 10
Sometimes a restaurant is about more than good food, it’s about a really good story. Le Soleil’s Rolande Bisserth came to New York from Haiti in 1973 and opened her restaurant in midtown Manhattan. As rent prices rapidly rose, she was forced to close. But true grit—and heart—led to its reopening 11 months later (a day after Bisserth’s 72nd birthday) in Hell’s Kitchen. Le Soleil’s charm is less about its casual space or spare décor and more about Ms. Bisserth’s dedication to authentic food that takes you on a journey to Port-Au-Prince daily. The menu includes fried meats—goat, chicken, pork and beef—and red snapper. The spot also offers additional specialties, like oxtails, turkey stew, and beef okra, which vary by day.
After dinner, treat yourself to an epic night of live music at New York’s Terminal 5, an intimate, multi-level venue in Hell’s Kitchen. Expect to see both indie bands and big stars on the roster. We recommend picking someone you’ve never heard of and just letting the night take you. Also, something highly underrated and very much appreciated—there are bars and bathrooms on every floor.
Dinner, Live Music
858 Tenth Avenue, Manhattan
idk tip: This restaurant is cash only, so be sure you stop by an ATM before you visit.