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Around Town - A Speakeasy Valentine, Comodo Happy Hour, Drag & the Waterfront, and more.
February 9, 2023, 7:12.07 pm ET


11 Tigers, NYC
Photo: 11 Tigers

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at a speakeasy. 11 Tigers – the bar described as having a Thai heart and a Japanese soul – is marking the sexiest day of the year with its low key vibe that is hidden-in-plain-sight. Tucked away on 14th Street and Avenue B, 11 Tigers is also offering an assortment of American craft cocktails. The 4 course prix fixe menu is priced at $89 per person.

Wan Wan, NYC
Photo: Wan Wan

Wan Wan, from the team behind Wayla and Kimika, is adding lunch to the menu. Lunch will be served between 11:30am and 3pm Monday to Friday with shared plates of Poh Pia Ped (roasted duck egg rolls with celery, carrots, and water chestnuts); Yum Hoi (tempura scallops, with frisee, sea beans, red onion, and chilis); and Yum Gai Krob ( crispy chicken with kale, shallots, cherry tomatoes and chilis). Cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages are also available.

Nami Nori, Montclair
Photo: Nami Nori

Nami Nori is also launching lunch at its newest location in Montclair, New Jersey. Offerings include a tuna poke temaki with crispy shallots; X.O. scallop temaki with tobiko, and lemon; and Coconut shrimp temaki with green curry, lime, and cilantro. Lunch is served Tuesday through Saturday from Noon - 2:30pm.

Down & Out Bar, Cocktails, NYC
Photo: Down & Out

Down & Out bar in the East Village is hosting The Shuck It Show burlesque performance on Thursdays at 8pm. Headlined by one of NYC’s burlesque stars, The Maine Attraction, the inaugural show (February 9th) also features popular performers Peekaboo Pointe, Gigi Bonbon and emcee Boo Bess. Down & Out is also known for its 400 bottle whiskey collection.

Comodo Happy Hour, NYC
Photo: Comodo

Comodo at the Freehand Hotel is launching Happy Hour every Monday through Friday from 4pm to 6pm. Spritzes, wine carafes, and cocktails are offered, like the Moonage Daydream with pisco, amaretto, cherry, pineapple and citrus. Grilled oysters, trout ceviche tostadas, and boquerones (marinated anchovies) are among the bites.

Tonchin Brooklyn, Williamsburg
Photo: Tonchin Brooklyn

From Friday, February 10th until Thursday, February 23rd, five Japanese restaurants in New York City are joining forces with Japan Food Product Overseas Promotion Center (JFOODO) offering special dishes to the diners to taste and experience the beauty of koji-derived fermented seasonings from Japan said to be rich in umami, and offer various health benefits. The five restaurants taking part are Tonchin Brooklyn, Towa, Wokuni, 1or8, and Ootoya (Chelsea location). More info here.

Drag and the Waterfront, Seaport Museum
Photo: Linda Nelson

South Street Seaport Museum is presenting Queer History: Drag and the Waterfront featuring author and drag legend Linda Simpson on February 17, 2023, at 7pm at The Green Room at Pier 17, 89 South Street, NYC. This event is free, and advanced registration is required. In this lively presentation, Simpson explores the relationships between queer community and geographic periphery and drag and New York’s seaport. More info here.

Art is Dead, Carlton Fine Arts, NYC
Photo: Art is Dead

Carlton Fine Arts (at 543 Madison Avenue ) in Midtown featuring a new Art is Dead exhibition with works by visual artist and technologist Vincent Peters known as ÆTHELSTAN for Black History Month. ÆTHELSTAN partnered with Decree349R, a non-profit organization created to counter Decree 349 in Cuba, which forbids artists from creating any type of music or art without the government’s permission. The exhibition will be on view through February 28th.

Valentine CrazyShake, Black Tap and CRUMBS
Photo: Black Tap

Two iconic brands are teaming up with a new Valentine CrazyShake. The shake by Black Tap and the recently relaunched Original CRUMBS is a Dark Chocolate Raspberry Shake with a chocolate frosted rim with dried raspberries & dark chocolate shavings topped with a CRUMBS Brooklyn Black cupcake, whipped cream, dark chocolate shavings, dried raspberries, dark chocolate drizzle & cherry. Black Tap says it is bound to make you feel loved. Available from February 10 - February 14 at Black Tap locations on W. 35th Street and in SoHo.

Yo Egg, Runny Yolk, Vegan
Photo: Yo Egg

And get ready for the world’s first animal-free whole poached egg in partnership with Real Food Daily, Swingers Diner, Coyote Grill, Flore Vegan, Vegan District Asian Eatery, Junkyard Dog and more. Unlike any other egg alternative on the market, Yo Egg features a runny yolk and tastes just like chicken eggs. It is made simple ingredients, mainly chickpea and soy. It’s also an alternative to sky high egg prices!

Until next time, we'll be seeing you Around Town!