My latest semi-extravagant outing was a trip to Nic's martini lounge with a group of girlfriends for my roomate Grace's birthday dinner. Everything I tasted had me in shock because it was that good. Although it definitely runs a bit pricey, we managed to get a great deal. Nic's also has a more affordable happy hour. But what's really important to note here is how great this place is--everything from the food and drinks to the service was impeccable.
Nic's oysters, sautéed with walnuts and garlic
Gnocchi with morels and champagne cream
1st course: sorrel soup with sour cream and croutons
2nd course: Parmesan-crusted chicken with a white bean mash and side salad
3rd course: chocolate bread pudding with chocolate ice-cream and cherry sauce
Everything was incredibly rich, so to wash everything down, we indulged in a birthday cake shot to toast the birthday girl. This shot was created with vodka from Nic's vodbox, which is basically a walk-in freezer complete with 30 shelves full of vodka in various flavors. Patrons who wish to go inside are required to wear a fur coat, which is provided by the restaurant. Don't worry, there's hats, too.
|[bottom two photos curtsey of Nic's]|
Note: Ladies, beware of the dudes here. It's catered for a slightly older crowd, so young girls tend to get a lot of unsolicited attention at the bar.