If killer-strong, Mexican-spiced hot chocolate doesn’t make you sweat, paintings of young women amorously groping — including two nude in a toilet — might do the trick. There’s occasional live music and a monthly paella night.
Brian Washington-Palmer turned his former bistro Native into a rum-focused, speakeasy-style social club that looks like a bodega from the outside. In addition to killer cocktails, there’s a short American menu with hummus bowls and grilled calamari.
In two pretty, romantic rooms with just 45 seats in total, Paris-born chef and owner Alain Eoche offers only a two-course nightly dinner for $32. There’s no choice, you get whichever “table d’hôte” appetizer and entree strike his fancy.
Inside, it’s pure modern French bistro, with lots of brass and tile, cozy banquettes and walls of wine — 200 smartly chosen bottles and 25 choices by the glass. The menu’s strong on garden-fresh salads and bistro classics.