A Really Fantastic Dinner & Perfect Comedy Show Combo In the West Village
We’re starting tonight at The Loyal, a West Village restaurant and bar that serves up seasonal American dishes in a polished setting. It feels both old-school (tiled floors, simple light fixtures) and upscale (mirrored booth panelling and white tablecloths) without the stuffiness that seems to come along with similar spots. Chef and restaurateur John Fraser (of Narcissa, Dovetail and Nix) has created a menu built for comfort with mains like crab spaghetti and miso-honey chicken, and mouth-watering sides like duck fat tots and stuffed bistro mushrooms. Their cocktail menu is also beautifully designed. We love the “Abundantly Simple” with mezcal, montenegro, poached apple and saccharum.
Once you’re sufficiently stuffed, laugh it all off at our favorite comedy club in New York, Comedy Cellar. Their lineup is always stellar, with or without a surprise guest drop-in (which does happens regularly—think Aziz Ansari, Judd Apatow and Chris Rock) and we recommend going without researching the lineup—trust us, everyone is hilarious. Both the original Comedy Cellar and the spin-off Village Underground are great, but you’ll want to make reservations ahead of time for both here. There’s a cover charge that ranges from $8-24 depending on the night of the week, plus a 2 drink minimum (you can also use for food).
289 Bleecker Street, Manhattan
117 Macdougal Street, Manhattan