The Poni Room is a new bar underneath Saxon + Parole in Noho. The dark space, which doesn’t have any standing room, is a great option for casual dates - just grab a booth or a high-top and drink a frozen cocktail, martini, or some wine (reservations are also available if you like to plan ahead). If you opt for wine, you’ll be instructed to walk to the back, pick a bottle out of a giant sink filled with ice, and pour your own glass or carafe - to the brim if you want. They also serve a bunch of Japanese-influenced small plates and seafood skewers, and while you can eat a full dinner here, we recommend just sharing a couple things - like crunchy lotus root in soy sauce and crispy, sweet, spicy chicken wings - while you drink.
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Empellon Al Pastor
New York City will never be LA, Austin, San Diego, or Mexico, but we suddenly have some quality taco options to choose form. Add Empellón Al Pastor to that list.
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