Diners savvy enough to slink beyond the velvet rope are led past a packed bar to the dim, brick-lined “candle lounge” or to the less intimate main dining area where they’re serving surprisingly good food. Despite the Versace-mannequin staff, the thumping music and a gimmicky menu (headings include “For Us,” “For All” and “For Me”), the small plates are tasty. Finger-friendly duck-and-basil spring rolls and lobster quesadillas are good enough to make up for the boisterous crowds.
1 Little West 12th St
|Cross street:||at Ninth Ave|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 4pm–4am; Sat, Sun 5:30pm–4am|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E to 14th St; L to Eighth Ave|
|Price:||Average small plate: $12. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|