While famous for their most authentic cheesesteaks, we’re just as excited to have a new low-key bar around Times Square. With that said we still think you should arrive, belly’s grumbling, mouths salivating over melted cheese and the smell of seasoned steak, because if you do, you’re in for a real treat. But it’s not just the food that fuels our fire, it’s the lax atmosphere without being too Cracker Barrel or the dreaded Shoney’s. Deep red walls with décor of bar decals and a menu board and the smallest feminine touch of scrolled pendants. TV’s lined everywhere showing news or sports during the eating hours. It’s a fun place to go when being hormonal with your girlfriends and itching to indulge in a fatty fest of melt-in-your-mouth Philly Cheesesteaks.
We’ve come to realize that there’s nothing the LES can’t handle. Whether its mayhem on every block, or the up and coming art hub of NYC, the LES has always housed a vast sea of fun and funky people. That’s what No Fun is for. For all of those uptight gallery powerhouses to let loose and just enjoy the comforts of some good, solid music, a friendly crowd, and a sangria (beer options available for the Oktoberfest ladies). Throw in some tapas and it’s the sure bet for an amazing time.
Calvisius Caviar Lounge @ Four Seasons Hotel
Just what the Upper East Side needed- a nouveau posh night hit and elite lounge. Welcome Lavo and Tao’s new neighbor, nestled in the decadent Four Seasons Hotel, is the Calvisius Caviar Lounge. This French-inspired ode to caviar is the epitome of all that is sleek and sexy. Your date will fall in love with the sleek black lacquered walls, the light wooden cabinet encasing the different caviar options. And if you’d like to relax with more than food, they have specialty drinks like the Caviar Martini.
This ho-down addition to the chic streets of the East Village is surprisingly just we needed. In an area where swanky lounges and dingy dive bars
compete for a spot in your weekend barcrawl, this Texas-esque bar has come, prepared with southern favorites like Abita Amber and crab corn fritters, to show the cold shoulder of NYC some good old fashioned hospitality. The décor is simple with wooden barstools and tables opposite the marble bar and small accents, like the ringed star give it some Dallas character. And with themed cocktails like the Route 66 Cherry Limeade, you’ll too be buzzing with kindness by the end of the night.
This exciting new addition to the chic lax neighborhood of the Upper West Side is exactly what the doctor ordered: choice upon choice of gourmet cocktails. We can’t help but fiend for the unique tastes and flavors of Albert Trummer’s Apotheke-styled cocktails (ranging from $8-$12) like the Last Night in Paris- whiskey, absinthe, Claro and spiced rum with fresh mint reduction, house spices and pink grapefruit juice. And with their own in-house distillery, you’re not only getting fresh ingredients, you’re also getting fresh liquor. And if you’re hungry, they have options hailing from Mother England like the Lardon & Poached Egg Flatbread, starting at $8. www.thrillist.com
Finally, after a summer of sparse nightlife openings, there is some celeb-worthy fun for the Financial District. This weekend-only pop-up lounge, properly named for its exclusivity, The Black Door, is situated in the gorgeous depths of Gild Hall. Near the Library Bar, this ultra chic ode to comfort is every Wall Street guy’s bar away from home. Here he can enjoy his usual with a backdrop of wood paneled columns, thick brown leather couches, and the olde world glamour of street-lamp pendants. Here, he can rub shoulders with hot-shot celebrities like Jay-Z and Beyonce.
Anything that glimmers with the shine and class of French designers like Cartier and Van Cleef and Arpels, is set to succeed in this deliciously decadent city of ours. And with just that, a plethora of crystals, chandeliers, and lights, you get the lovely experience of J’adore. This new Flatiron fun house (opened on Halloween night) is bound to be your next favorite night hit with its to-die-for interior and dance you’re a$$ off dance-floor. Not to mention the tasty specialty cocktails like
Nestled on the cute LES block of Essex, this restaurant-speakeasy may look, to any passerby, like a normal patisserie. Once past the storefront, you’ll find yourself in the most charming café complete with warm leather tufted booths, deep wooden accents, and small bursts of light. After delighting on Guss’ Grilled Cheese and fried pickles, you’ll try enticing cocktails like the tea-blended William “Boss” Tweed- Bacardi and coco chai, with agave and pineapple juice.