New York can feel cold and drab at times, but there are lots of restaurants and other eateries that offer the color and atmosphere of sunnier climes, along with some great food and drinks! Some are ethnic, such as Victor’s Cafe (Cuban), Indochine (Vietnamese), Miss Lily’s (Jamaica), and Bogota Bistro. Others, such as Reunion, Tropical 128 and Jade Island offer a less specific the but great atmosphere and good times. Sure, some of these places can feel a little over-the-top colorful, maybe even a bit tacky, but who cares when what you really want is great food and a change of pace from the chilly Big Apple?
- Reunion is a bar located in Times Square that gives off a real cool nautical vibe and lightens up the atmosphere.
- The flowered walls and animal print chairs located at Otto’s Shrunked Head serve as a cool and quirky experience.
- If you’re feeling like some Jamaican cuisine, head on over to Miss Lily’s where the food is just as delightful as the highly-saturated scenery.
“One of the city’s finest, fanciest Cuban spots, Victor’s Cafe is situated in a lush, light-filled space draped in dangling greenery and accented with colorful murals and turquoise chairs. Don’t miss the ropa vieja, Cuba’s national dish, comprised of slow-cooked, pulled beef, braised in tomatoes, garlic, onions, and peppers.”