The Meat Packing District's newest underground lounge is literally underground. Boasting security measures which would make Interpol blush, the club requires you earn the good graces of a bouncer through "an interrogation-room-style, two-way tinted-glass door...Then head downstiars, down a kitchen corridor, and through a door marked private." Though getting in may sound like a puzzle from an Infocom game, UrbanDaddy assures us the bar is worth the stealth.
Inside, you'll find a low-ceilinged, mood-lit paradise, complete with a custom-carved ceiling, black-and-gold posters of a model in the nude and a fog-covered well in the center, in case the journey left you parched.
All this downstairs from Marcus Samuelsson's Merkato 55, one of the finest perveyors of kitfo in the tri-state area.