Nightlife impresario Serge Becker imports London’s sex-shop-themed Mexican cantina, scrubbed clean for the Dream Downtown: He’s swapped the seedy original’s neon lights and peep-show silhouettes for copper-trimmed tables and mirrored panels. For his third venture at the hotel—joining Melvin’s Juice Box and La Esquina—Becker taps chef Michael Armstrong (Morimoto) to roll out Yucatán-inspired tacos (soft-shell crab), quesadillas (habanero and roasted tomatoes) and large-format dishes (whole suckling pig). Banked by a wall of antique tequila barrels, the amber-lit bar stocks 90 bottles of the spirit, employed in cocktails like the Chamomile Daisy (chamomile-apple agave, lemon) and a hibiscus-infused Paloma. 355 W 16th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (212-229-2336)
This seafood restaurant in downtown Flushing offers all kinds of ocean-based delicacies, but is perhaps best known for its Cajun-style seafood boils. Start by choosing your seafood: Options include mussels ($13 per pound), crawfish ($15.99 per pound), shrimp ($14 per pound), Dungeness crab (market price) and lobster (market price). Then add a sauce like garlic butter, Schezuan, lemon pepper or Cajun and decide whether you like it mild, medium, spicy or doused with Carolina Reaper peppers. Don’t feel like you can eat that much? You might be tempted by smaller dishes like the lobster roll ($19.50), eel burger ($16), squid ink pasta ($23) or rack of lamb ($28). Add on sides like brussels sprouts with garlic and bacon ($7), mac and cheese ($7), bone marrow with toast ($10) and grilled corn with cheese ($4) to round out the meal.
Venue says: “Happy Hour Specials EVERYDAY 4-7pm! While you're at it, bring a group and try our signature Louisiana style seafood boils.”