Casual Plantain is crowded during happy hour, but things get even wilder later in the evening, when the DJs arrive. For more privacy, regulars head to the upstairs lounge. Mondays and Tuesdays bring two-for-one cocktails, and ladies get the same deal every Wednesday. Thursdays and Fridays feature $6 mojitos (with chunks of sugarcane) and caipirinhas. The friendly staff and chatty, upbeat clientele know how to have fun, and there’s a Nuevo Latino tapas menu in the back restaurant, should you opt to stay grounded.
20 W 38th St
|Cross street:||between Fifth and Sixth Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Wed, Fri 4–11pm; Thu 5–11pm; Fri, Sat 5pm–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: B, D, F, V, N, Q, R, W to 34th St–Herald Sq|
|Price:||Average drink: $8. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|