Looking for a unique spot to impress on a first/early in the game date? If her or she likes wine and raw fish, Desnuda is your jam. This dark, South American inspired wine and ceviche bar has just eighteen seats, all at the bar. It’s intimate and low key, and the fish is fresh and priced right.
There is no kitchen, which means you’ll have a front row seat as your food is prepared by a man who will also double as your bartender. Hopefully audience participation is something you’re comfortable with, as you may be called on to help your chef/bartender as he practices his “ghetto molecular gastronomy”. Ever seen someone smoke an oyster with a gravity bong made from a Sprite bottle? Didn’t think so. We’ll bet your date hasn’t either.
This block of 7th St. is home to a lot of hot spots (see Porchetta, and Luke’s Lobster, Caracas, so let’s agree to keep Desnuda as it is - slightly under the radar, and your new secret weapon date spot.
As soon as you’re seated, a cone of truffle oil coated popcorn greets you. An excellent first impression, and a gift that keeps on giving (free refills).
Desnuda pickles their own cucumbers and assorted other vegetables in house, and while the jars make for good decorations, everything is extremely pungent and vinegary. If you’re into that, knock yourself out. We’re cool with just the free popcorn.
Desnuda imports fresh oysters from the East and West coasts daily. Make sure you order some smoked, as you need to witness that crazy action. The oyster shooters are fun too, and Monday night is dollar oyster night.
A mix of salmon, tuna and tiger prawns served with lemon juice, cinnamon, pineapple, bell pepper, and Sprite. Yup, that’s right...Sprite. Sounds strange, but it works.
A traditional raw hamachi dish - the fish comes served in a zesty orange supreme dressing. This goes down real nice with a glass of Argentinian Torrontes.
A buttery bluefin tuna dish that actually tastes almost as good as toro (the fattiest part of a tuna’s belly). Served with lemon, oil cured Moroccan olives, bell pepper, artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, and avocado, this is another ceviche we highly recommend.