Hot spots are a dime a dozen in New York. Here one day, gone the next. Catching a place at the right moment, getting to strategically establish yourself with the staff as a regular just before it blows up, is a full time job unto itself. Fortunately, we're here to give you a serious leg up.
Her Name Was Carmen is Soho's newest restaurant / bar hybrid, and we're already calling it'll be one of the coolest tickets in town.
The entire experience is a brilliantly paid homage to the liveliness of Latin America in the '50s and '60s, with two floors of great food, great drinks, and lots of dancing. The latest project of nightlife vets Andres Diaz and Thatcher Shultz, it's already become a secret late-night watering hole for cool kids. And no wonder - the music director, Nacho Isa, is a DJ, producer, and music curator who's responsible for epic Burning Man camps and the famed WARMTH day parties.
Go for a seafood dinner by chef Ben Hammou, formerly of Le Bernardin, and stay for some post-meal tunes. Thursdays boast deep house, Fridays are for disco, and Saturday is Latin night. Oh, and don't forget to snap a pic with the house jaguar.
Her Name Was Carmen, 527 Broome St.
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