New Hot Spot: Cherry
Located in NYC’s Meatpacking district, Cherry, a trendy lounge-style restaurant is poppin’ (if you catch my drift)! The hidden restaurant – which is hard to spot save for its small red sign and archway that leads to the subterranean restaurant—is a must-hit spot for those sick of the touristy attractions in the Chelsea area.
The dimly lit establishment has most of the trendy Japanese-inspired tapas style options, but the atmosphere is truly an added bonus. The comfortable couch style seating, red décor, and quick service is both relaxing and refreshing in comparison to many of Manhattan’s hot spots.
The food was also killer—some must-haves were the tuna crispy rice, the lobster tacos, and the foie gras shortrib gyoza. Besides a ton of cold and hot appetizers, tarts, and tacos, for the main course there were various fish options, hen, and steak. Naturally, there are some interesting sushi rolls such as the bbq eel roll with avocado and candied bacon and the yasai roll with arugula, mizuna, and kaiware. Basic sushi rolls and sashimi were also available.
For those over 21, the cocktail and sake menu and bar were stocked with hundreds – yes hundreds of great options. There are about 80 sake choices, dozens of red and white wines, and some fun cocktails such as the Cherry Bomb. Desserts included a few interesting options – especially delicious was the ginger mille crepe and the banana tarte tatin. If you’re looking for a a trendy yet undiscovered lounge-like restaurant, look no further!