The Darling

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With a tiny working flower shop hiding its entrance in plain sight, secret entrances lend a bit of immediate whimsy. Guests can check in with the host inside the flower shop and are given a flower corresponding to their table.  The first floor’s menu features a full lineup of bar bites (like shrimp toast with saffron, cherry peppers and garlic on brioche; crispy sweetbreads with remoulade and pickled green tomatoes on soft French rolls; and roasted European sausage with potato rosti, aged cheddar and a farm egg) and larger entrees. Upstairs, groups and parties can nosh on shareable platters and boards, such as beer-poached sausages accompanied by pretzels and cornichons, or a seafood charcuterie platter with smoked mussels, whipped smoked trout, crabcakes and shrimp cocktail. Inspired to inject a little more “life” in nightlife, Huterstein sought to create a space for guests and diners to linger, rather than zip across town to the next spot, whether it be music, a club or a show.