Published in Places & Spaces - March 4, 2013
At Love Home Swap we love New York. It's a place where seemingly anything is possible. Craving chocolate chip cookies at 3am? Get them delivered straight to your door. Need to get your dog a pedicure? A doggy spa service will take care of it....
At Love Home Swap we love New York. It's a place where seemingly anything is possible. Craving chocolate chip cookies at 3am? Get them delivered straight to your door. Need to get your dog a pedicure? A doggy spa service will take care of it.
Residents of the Empire State have seen it all and aren't easily surprised, but even the most hardened New Yorkers will be delighted by some of these weird and wonderful restaurants. From eating in the dark to dining in a haunted house, we've compiled a list of some of the most inventive and exciting dining experiences for your next house swap in NYC.Ninja New York
You may think you've seen it all when it comes to sushi restaurants. From sushi trains to Hibachi dining, there are many different ways to experience Japanese food. But none of them quite compare to the dining experience at Ninja. Watch your food served to you with incredible showmanship by ninjas who catch you by surprise when you least expect it. This restaurant is a great place to take kids or a big group of friends.Clothing Optional Dinner
Proud and unabashed gourmands everywhere can strut their stuff and delight their taste buds simultaneously at the monthly undressed dining experiences arranged by nudist John J Ordover in New York. Those erring on the side of discretion (and hygiene?!) don't have to nibble in the nude, however - even dressed diners are welcome.
Dans Le Noir
Ever eaten in the dark? (A 3am fridge raid doesn't count.) Be prepared for an incredibly sensory experience at this unique restaurant, where diners eat in complete darkness served by waiters who are blind. Not being able to see your food frees you to really experience the taste and smell of what you're eating, and to savour the company of those around you.La Caverna
The only thing better than a night out drinking and dancing is one spent doing so in a cave. Enjoy a night of delicious cocktails and great tunes in this underground-themed bar and restaurant. Come for the cool décor, and stay for the fun ambience and sexy downtown crowd.
The Jekyll & Hyde Club
Like your burger with a side of fright? At the Jekyll & Hyde club, weird and wonderful characters (including the restaurant's namesakes) mingle with guests while they dine. The walls talk and creatures come to life when you least expect it. You've been warned!
Innuendo Restaurant, Port Washington
Innuendo isn't in Manhattan, but it's one of New York's most remarkable restaurants. For lovers of gourmet geometry, and food, this is the bizarre bistro to book. Antonio Di Oronzo, the architect at Bluarch Architecture behind this surreal cross between an upside-down trellis installation and a vast suspended empty wine rack, sought to provide diners with a "soft, shifting, ever-fluid space".
The Loeb Boathouse
Nestled in Central Park is the beautiful Boathouse, opened in 1954 on the site of a boathouse originally built in 1872. Featured in countless movies set in New York, its lakeside restaurant is a place where tranquillity meets iconic surroundings. It's a real NYC landmark and a must if you're visiting the Big Apple.
Nothing says fine dining more than a demonic doll with ringlets staring straight at you… or does it? The jury's out, but American Girl remains one of NYC's more bizarre themed-eatery offerings. As well as a delicious menu, the place boasts "extra dolls available to dine with you".
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