Sunday, February 17, 2008

Ninja and The Box

Last night Jacob and I continued Valentine's Day with dinner at NINJA - an upscale theme restaurant in Tribeca. It was really, really cool. Sort of like a Disney restaurant for adults. Delicious food as well and creatively presented. And yes, there were ninjas as our waiters and one of them even did magic tricks. The whole place looked like an ancient Japanese village. You eat dinner in a small room that closes up to give you privacy. I wouldn't say it was the best place for a large group of people, but it's an extremely cool date spot! Too bad it's so pricey cause I would go back again and again.

Here are some pics.

The restaurant...

More restaurant...

The menus were made of parchment and rolled out like a scroll.

A little blurry, but you can kind of see how we were all closed in in a small private room.

My meal was supposed to look like a tree trunk! And the bark was edible.

Our waiter!

I ordered this dessert strictly for the mist! And we snagged the ninja throwing star coaster.

After dinner we wandered around for a bit and then met up with Liz and her brother Alex who was in town from Vegas for adventure #2. Alex has a part ownership in this uber hip new vaudville dinner theater thing called THE BOX. It's hard to explain, but it's sort of Moulin Rouge for the new generation. There was performance art, burlesque, Cirque Du Soleil type acrobatics and other such wackiness. It's an extremely hard to get into place and we wouldn't have had a prayer if it wasn't for Alex. He got us up to the exclusive balcony area with a private table and bottle service. (Table = $1,000, and it's $300 a bottle. No, those aren't typos, thank goodness Alex was treating!) Anyway, it was extremely fun and definitely a night to see how the other half lives. Soooo cool of Alex to include us!

You weren't really allowed to take pics, but I snapepd a few of the place so you could at least get a glimpse. It doesn't do the place justice though. It's decorated in the coolest old 1920s style with faded wallpaper, plush seats, hanging curtains and plenty of mood lighting.

View of the stage from our balcony. In Moulin Rouge style, you have to hang from the balcony to see the show.

This is what they call "bottle service" in NYC. Basically you buy a bottle of your favorite alcohol (for $300 up usually) and they bring you all the mixers you want. It ends up looking something like this. :)

Liz (looking oh so glam!) and Alex, our benefactor.

Still standing at 2am! Well, sitting anyway...

Rebels til the end. :)

That's all for now. I also have another adventure from Friday night to share but I'll save it for a slow day! :)



Tez Miller said...

I knew there was something missing in my life, and now I know what it is: the ninja experience.

Thanks for sharing, and have a lovely day! :-)

Kwana said...

What a wonderful night! The Box sounds amazing and the Ninja too. Lucky girl. I've got to get out more.

TJBrown said...

Wow... that restaurant looks amazing! Glad you had fun!