The highly anticipated opening of Dans Le Noir ? has finally come upon us New Yorkers. And let me tell you, it was quite the experience. For those of you who haven't heard of this unusual restaurant franchise, let me give you some background. This French restaurant has locations in London, Paris, and Barcelona and is anything but classic. At this eatery, you dine in the PITCH BLACK. Yes, that's right. You don't know where you are, you don't know what you are eating, and you must put your trust completely in the hands of your guides.
Lighted bar area
The all blind waitstaff is superb and happily guides you to and from your seats (conga line style) and serve you your three-course meal. Choose from four different surprise menus, including, meat lovers, vegetarian, fish and seafood lovers, and chef's surprise. Prepare to get your hands dirty (literally) digging into this meal and trying to discover what exactly is in your mouth [insert dirty joke here]. The faint of heart need not venture to this hot spot, because you might end up with shark fin on your plate courtesy of chef's surprise. But seriously, coming from one of the pickiest eaters of all time (I don't even eat salad dressing), I thoroughly enjoyed my meal here and I don't think I stopped smiling the entire time. This experience was one of the craziest things I have ever done and I recommend that all of you try it out...even if you're scared.
After all is said and eaten, you make your way back into the lighted bar area and discover what exactly was atop your plates (I guessed pretty well). The most surprising feat of the evening was that I managed not to spill any wine! The bottom line here: don't stay in the dark about dark dining...this is one thing you've got to try at least once!