PLAN DATE: THURS / NOV. 1
It’s breakfast for dinner tonight at Dream Downtown’s newest outpost Natura Cafe. Created by the team behind Tao, Vandal, Lavo, and more, this California-style all-day café and coffee shop is serving breakfast classics all night long. Indulge in sweet dishes like the fluffy soufflé pancakes with fresh berries and maple syrup or the breakfast sandwich, made with Niman ranch bacon, soft scrambled eggs, and cheese on a house-made potato roll. If you’re in more of a dinner mood, then feast on staples like the grilled skirt steak served with chimichurri or the cafe burger made with 6 oz. of angus beef patty and cheese. Once you’ve eaten until you can’t eat anymore, walk a few blocks down to Bathtub Gin.
Bathtub Gin is one of Chelsea’s hidden gems (quite literally). This speakeasy-style bar is ‘hidden’ behind a coffee shop, and is marked only by a red light on a nondescript door. Stepping through the bar takes you back to the 1920s—copper colored ceilings, fringe-covered lamps, and most importantly, right in the center of the room, a glass-covered, clawfoot bathtub. Thursday nights are party nights with DJs and dancing. Shake off your week, and enjoy.
Can Get Pricey
Natura Cafe at Dream Downtown
355 West 16th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: The fluffy soufflé pancakes are made by whipping meringue in the batter and are an absolute must order.
132 9th Avenue, Manhattan
idk tip: If you love the bar and want to go back for a more specialized experience, Mondays are Jazz nights, and on Tuesdays and Sundays they have an unmissable Burlesque show.