Dinner: State Bird Provisions
Nothing impresses quite like battling with State Bird’s notoriously tough reservation system and winning—even more so if you nab the table where Ryan Gosling dined. A recent renovation brought a bright, updated interior with a mural from Color Factory artist Leah Rosenberg on the back wall. Although the small plates can easily add up to a hefty bill, we suggest starting with lamb tartare before sharing the signature namesake bird: fried, cheese-dusted quail for two.
Drinks: Louie’s Gen-Gen Room
This reservation-only cocktail bar lives in the basement of the trendy restaurant Liholiho Yacht Club. Tropical cocktails—like the one with Eagle Rare bourbon, passion fruit and burnt sugar, and another with Avuá cachaça, falernum, coconut water, lime and Green Chartreuse—are served alongside poppy-seed waffles with country ham, nectarine chutney and honey butter, or furikake waffles with avocado and uni.
If things go well: Wilson & Wilson
This 1930s-style detective-agency-cum-bar is a mind-boggling speakeasy inside of a speakeasy, where a reservation will get you a password that unlocks the secret door at Bourbon & Branch. The drink menu focuses on expensive whiskey like Yamazaki 12-Year and Old Pulteney 21-Year for a boozy yet civilized end to your night.