Mezcal makes a party, and it’s the star of the show at this LES Mexican cultural center/bar/restaurant, where a night out might include live music, a packed dance floor, a film screening, a burlesque show, a stand-up comedy act, etc.
Peruvian Restaurant in Jackson Heights, NY, United States
Pio Pio’s Queens outpost puts the noise level up to 11 on Wednesday nights, when Grupo Huayno plays from 9-11pm. Order the signature roasted chicken, of course, as well as the salchipapa—a big ol' plate of slice frankfurters and french fries.
There’s still time to enjoy what is one of Cávo’s most unique—and enjoyable—assets: an enormous outdoor patio where the ouzo flows until the wee hours, and not one but two 20-foot waterfalls make it feel as if you’re not in Queens anymore.
Save yourself the headache of wading through the vast menu and opt instead for the Tatiana Banquet, where $70 (on Fridays and Sundays, $100 on Saturdays) buys you a three-course meal of traditional Russian fare plus a bottle of vodka.
Brazilian Restaurant in Brooklyn, NY, United States
The look is bright and festive, which is a perfect complement to the restaurant’s live samba brunches (Saturdays from 2pm-6pm) and forró dance parties (Sundays beginning at 4pm), where anything can—and usually does—happen.