If you want to have a big night out, you could go somewhere for dinner, and then sit around calling and canceling Ubers while arguing with friends about how long the lines will be at various bars and clubs. Or you could just go to HaSalon, an Israeli spot in Hell’s Kitchen where you can have dinner and then party past midnight without getting up from your table - except maybe to dance on top of it. Even though the dishes here (from the same chef as Miznon have high-production value, like a 12-foot pici noodle, and a bagel the size of a laptop filled with king crab meat, they’re also very expensive, and you shouldn’t come just to eat $57 hummus with lamb or $59 grilled squid. You’re here for what happens after you finish eating. Around 10:30pm, servers pull metal shades down over the windows, the lights dim, and a DJ starts blasting music. You need to go in with the right mindset, but if you want to dance on tables with strangers, this is a fun place to do it.
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