Tue-Fri, 5pm-1am; Sat, 7pm-1am; Sun-Mon, closed
5pm-7pm; $5 small plates, $8 cocktails
4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
This high-concept Murray Hill lounge is best described as a tequila bar-cum-library. Seriously. Located in the basement of Zengo, the AvroKO designed space looks like a college library gone goth, artfully merged with a Pier 1 Imports store (think black walls, Persian rugs, leather furniture, and lots of candlelight). The walls are lined with "tequila cages," odd metal boxes that hold carefully arranged bottles and library-style desk lamps. The tequila list boasts an impressive 400 varieties; feel free to take notes on your favorite on one of the long wooden library tables. (Bonus: a small collection of leather-covered books about tequila). The biggest gimmicky draw, however, are the tequila lockers: every bottle purchased allows the owner to store it, for up to six months, in one of the shelves or in a private locker in a "secret" back room, hidden behind a curtain. When you want to booze again, you simply present your library card and a waitress retrieves your bottle. The service also comes with free house-made sangrita, and for an extra ten bucks, a margarita kit.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.