“The VIBE Spot” New York

 

Destination: New York

Morimoto

Morimoto is an ideal  venue for hosting intimate gatherings or large receptions. The restaurant has several areas to host your event.

  • Two Semi-Private dining rooms: fits between 18 – 25 guest

  • Communal Table: located in the main dining room and seats up to 16 guest

  • “Buy-Out”: using the whole restaurant for the event and seating up to 150 guest or 350 guest for standing reception.

Morimoto menus appeal to everyone’s palette . My meal started off with the crispy shrimp tempura (shrimp tempura in a wasabi and spicy batter), the angry chicken came next infused with peppers and a flavorful juice,next  came the spicy salmon roll and it was to die for. My friend to my left allowed me to taste thier  tajima wagyu ny strip and that steak could not have been more juicer, the skills in the kitchen are impeccable. I somehow left room for dessert and enjoyed the refreshing  moon after rain ( grapefruit, pear and junmai ginjo).

The highlight of the restaurant other than it was done by Tadao Ando, an amazing architect, is its attention to details in the bathroom. Sorry gentlemen I can’t speak for you but for the ladies, the bathroom is a must see. I can say that I have never spent that much time in a restaurant bathroom in my life , it was an experiential gratification. I’m not just taking about the amazing scenes that change with the seasons but the remote controlled toilet!…so ladies tell your partners that you might be a while so they don’t think that you dined-and- dashed.

Make sure you call in advance for reservations here.

88 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10011-4721
(212) 989-8883

Manhattan Inn

  

 

Like much at the Manhattan Inn, the old Wheelock baby grand in back was discarded and forgotten before Brooke Baxter and Rolyn Hu—the founders of the nearby performance space Glasslands Gallery—bought it on Craigslist,  from a heartbroken classical pianist. The pair painted it white, hired a tuner, and gave it a new life as the centerpiece of a raucous late-night scene that harnesses the camaraderie of Marie’s Crisis, the talent of the Bemelmans’s bench, and all the frenzy of Glasslands. The decor is the work of hOmE, a collaborative effort of Evan and Oliver Haslegrave, who redesigned the most current incarnation of Glasslands Gallery. The space has been built almost entirely of recycled lumber and materials from Build It Green, and includes numerous creative nuances, such as repurposed doorknobs as tap handles, and school desks as dining tables. Located in a spacious former Polish restaurant in Greenpoint, the bar has pulled in some impressive talent. Some nights, Smokin’ Billy Slater is at the bench pounding out boogie-woogie. Other nights, Joe McGinty, formerly of the Psychedelic Furs, leads epic karaoke sessions. Meanwhile, Erika Spring of Au Revoir Simone D.J.’s a weekly (non-piano) party on Wednesdays.The venue can accommodate intimate gatherings and  small receptions meant for a more relaxed setting such as a bar/ lounge atmosphere. It  has a  small selection of comfort foods to choose from.

Small Plates

 

Baguette with Apple Butter $4

Fried Chicken Wings with Chili Apple Glaze $5

Potato Leek Gratin $6

Chilled Tofu with Black Sesame Seeds and Dried Swordfish $7

 

Red Borscht with Braised Brisket, Dill, and Creme Fraiche $8
Chicken Liver Pate with Cornichons, Dandelion Gree Coulius, and Baguette $9

Mains

Braised Pork Belly & Kimchi Pressed Sandwich $13
Grilled Eggplant, Tallegio, and Frisee Pressed Sandwich $13
Seasonal Vegetable Stew with Barley and Wild Mushrooms $12
Cottage Pie with Grass-fed Beef, Vegetables, and Garlic Mashers $15

Dessert

Crepe with Rocotta, Honey, and Supremed Clementines $7
Chocolate Chile Bread Pudding with Pear Coulis $7

 

632 Manhattan Ave.,

at Bedford Ave., Greenpoint;

(718) 383-0885

Slate

The interior design of Slate is sleek while staying true to comfort and functionality. The PLUS Lounge features restful sofas and oversized plush chairs, creating a social, living-room atmosphere. Adjacent to the lounge area stands a wall-to-wall line of twelve foot doors, which when opened, expose an intimate VIP lounge and dining area they call the Studio. When the doors are closed it appears as a wall with nothing beyond it and allows the room to enjoy an entirely different feel for late night reveling. Slate is ideal for small to large events accommodating to the atmospheric feel of the client.

FREE LUNCH Yes, they said FREE LUNCH.

Come in Monday – Friday between Noon and 3pm – purchase an hour of pool for $8 and we’ll give you a FREE LUNCH. Do It on a Pool Table During Happy Hour Mon-Fri 5PM-8PM $4 domestic and draft beer, $5 wine, and $6 mixed drinks Thursday Join us for as our live DJ starts the weekend early with the best Happy hour in the neighborhood. Friday & Saturday Party All Night: Live DJ Major League Baseball games all season! Are you a Mets fan or Yankee fan? Pick a big screen and support your team!

54 West 21st Street

New York, 10010

(212) 989-0096

Fun Facts… What’s Your Poison!

Booze Monogamy in NYC

 Madam Geneva

  4 Bleecker St., at Bowery; 212-254-0350The moodily lit lounge hidden in back of AvroKO’s Bowery hot spot Double Crown takes its name from an old British slang term for gin. The Beefeater comes sweetened with housemade jam.Best drink: the tart and refreshing Rangpur gimlet, made with Tanqueray Rangpur gin mixed with homemade lime cordial ($12).

Scotch 

 Highlands

150 W. 10th St., at Waverly Pl.; 212-229-2670The West Village tavern is defined by all things Scotland, from the tartan décor to the haggis to the expansive list of Scotch whiskeys (Glenrothes, Compass Box, Oban) that glow beneath bare-filament bulbs.Best drink: the smoky, fruity Blood and Sand cocktail, made with Highland Park Scotch, Cherry Heering, orange and lemon juices, and bitters ($12).

Rum

 Roneria Caracas at Caracas Brooklyn

291 Grand St., nr. Havemeyer St., Williamsburg; 718-218-6787The lively branch of the East Village’s Venezuelan arepas joint serves 30-plus rums available for sipping or in consulting mixologist Orson Salicetti’s (Apothéke) imaginative cocktails.Best drink: the bay-leaf-scented Rum Manhattan, incorporating Venezuela’s Santa Teresa Gran Reserva ($11).

Tequila and Mescal

 Cabrito

50 Carmine St., nr. Bedford St.; 212-929-5050Zak Pelaccio’s mellow West Village Mexican restaurant pours nearly a dozen mescals and 70-plus tequilas spanning young, bold blancos, like the earthy Gran Centenario, to barrel-aged añejos, like Partida.Best drink: the Mexican Firing Squad, made with tequila, pomegranate syrup, bitters, and fresh lime ($12).

Bourbon and Whiskey

Rye House

11 W. 17th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-255-7260Chelsea’s rustic-American gastropub serves more than 70 bourbons and whiskeys (including a rare variety of Utah’s High West Rocky Mountain rye). Freemans vets Lynnette Marrero and Jim Kearns crafted the cocktails.Best drink: the citrusy punch amped up with chai-infused Wild Turkey rye and Batavia Arrack ($12).

Vodka

Vlada Lounge331 W. 51st St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-974-8030Hell’s Kitchen’s sleek gay lounge is run by Russian Samovar’s Vlada von Shats, who chills eighteen vodkas infused with oddities like ginger, grapefruit, and horseradish. Drinks are usually two for one from 4 to 8 p.m.Best drink: the bracing ginger infusion, served straight up and kept chilled on the bar top’s inlaid ice ($12).

 

Make sure if your in the concrete jungle anytime soon that you guys check out one of these “Vibe Spots” and let us know what you think? What other venues should make the hot spot for a future VIBE Spot?

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