Sometimes one isn’t enough. A growing number of restaurants conceal a second, discrete experience – from exclusive tasting menus and all-you-can-eat extravaganzas to karaoke bars and Champagne rooms. Double your fun at these 10 restaurants within restaurants for a true insider experience. Not near any of these chic spots? We can help you find the right restaurant in your city on OpenTable.com.
Electric Feather at Outlier, Seattle, Washington
Look for the neon feather to access the private karaoke room, which holds 8-12 aspiring American Idol contestants and has 20,000 songs available. Singers can take a break from mic duties to sip on rock ‘n’ roll inspired cocktails and globally minded small plates. Best of all, there are no judges on hand to make soul-shattering remarks about the performances. Make a reservation at Outlier.
Avecita at Ave, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
The tasting menu experience has only one seating a night. Nine guests sit at the bar while another 30 are ringed around a trio of communal tables. Guests are treated to 15-20 dishes cooked on the wood-fired grill and the plancha, which are complemented by Spanish wines and cocktails featuring local produce. Make a reservation at Ave.
Esquire Champagne Room at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Chicago, Illinois
Located on the meatopia’s third floor, this room was designed to evoke the inside of a Champagne bottle. Nibble on luxe hors-d’oeuvres, including caviar service, miso-glazed octopus, lamb lollipops, and foie gras mousse. Of course, there is a stellar selection of Champagnes to enjoy, available by the glass and the bottle. Make a reservation at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse.
Crab Cellar at Oyster Bah, Chicago, Illinois
Unlimited Alaskan king crab and burgers sound like a dream come true to us. The high-end surf ‘n’ turf bonanza comes with sides like mac ‘n’ cheese, boardwalk fries, and jalapeño hush puppies. Wash it all down with bottomless slushies and brewskis. Make a reservation at Crab Cellar.
Omar at Vaucluse, New York, New York
Nightlife impresario Omar Hernandez oversees this buzzy oasis. The menu features appropriately indulgent fare, like caviar service and a 42-ounce tomahawk steak, alongside plenty of dishes for those watching what they eat, such as Mediterranean salad and rotating crudos. Live music and DJs keep the mood lively, so you’ll soon forget you’re on the Upper East Side. Make a reservation at Vaucluse.
Pizzeria Via Stato at Osteria Via Stato, Chicago, Illinois
At this pizzeria within an osteria, thin crust pies are on deck for lunch and dinner every day of the week. Take down Roman-style ‘zas along with small plates, salads, steaks, and pastas. Complement your meal with a Negroni, Bellini, or Italian-minded sangria. Make a reservation at Pizzeria Via Stato.
Peach Bar at Momofuku, Las Vegas, Nevada
Looking for an afternoon lift or a late-night bite, hit up this boîte-y bar. Of course, you can get pork belly buns and ramen. There are also creative cocktails, such as the Herb-a-Peel with cachaça, plantain, artichoke, and cassia, and Bok to the Beet with gin, beets, blood orange, and bok choy. Make a reservation at Momofuku.
Mr Lee’s at Succotash, Washington, D.C.
Head upstairs to the second floor to find this cool, casual eatery inspired by Asian night markets. The menu changes regularly, but expect Korean fare: dumplings, ginger wings tossed in ginger and scallions, and spicy pork belly with kimchi. Beverage options include Asian beers and spirits, and more than 120 whiskeys. Make a reservation at Succotash.
Izakaya at Momotaro, Chicago, Illinois
Located on the lower level of the restaurant, the vibey Japanese-style pub boasts a 30-seat bar with a strong sake selection. The food is playful and memorable. Think squid and uni-tossed spaghetti, Wagyu fried rice topped with a “badass omelet,” soy-marinated quail eggs wrapped in bacon, and a Royale with cheese on a bao bun. Make a reservation at Momotaro.
Cold Storage at Swift & Sons, Chicago, Illinois
Set on the ground of the old Fulton Market Cold Storage Facility, this seafood and raw bar highlights catches from both coasts and the Great Lakes. Pamper yourself with shellfish towers, tinned fish, and hefty entrees. Your maritime meal is complemented by Chicago-focused beers, along with wines and cocktails designed to pair well with seafood. Make a reservation at Cold Storage.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credits: Knead HD (Mr. Lee’s); Gabriele Stabile (Peach Bar).