13 Dining Places with Unusual Setting in NYC

NYC gives all the gastronomic options anyone could wish for, and even more. However, this list is not for gourmets or foodies: this one is for experience seekers. Once you are an untutored city visitor, or even if you examined New York dining scene far and wide, fortunately, there’s always a place there that can surprise you with an unusual décor or some weird entertainment. We have picked 13 cafes and restaurants all over NY that may seem strange, amusing, mind-blowing, and spectacular. By exploring them you realize that in some cases food is not the major thing, but your emotions — really are.

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Brooklyn Grange
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Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
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Birreria
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#1. Pier 66 Maritime (The Frying Pan)

#1. Pier 66 Maritime (The Frying Pan)

One great location to admire the Manhattan and Jersey skylines, Pier Maritime 66, a floating Bar & Grill and historical vessel joint docked to the Pier 66 on the Hudson River, is highly recommended during sunset hours. The whole site is an assemblage of the former Lackawanna railroad barge, the Lightship Frying Pan, broad bar "deck" itself, and a couple of authentic objects like rail float bridge, and caboose dating back to the early 20th century. And when you're finished with drinks and views, restless Chelsea is a stone's throw.

 207 12th Ave, New York, NY 10001
#2. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

#2. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

It’s hard to find a person who never watched Forest Gump, at least once, and who would not feel excited to get inside the movie scenes. Both dabblers and experts agree, that this place does not only impress with a range of shrimp dishes, but also gives the whole image and essence of the movie. Take delicious ribs combo or risk to try Seafood Hush Pups. Real fans will be thrilled to win some shots in a special movie quiz at the bar.

 1501 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
#3. Le Train Bleu

#3. Le Train Bleu

Romantic rendezvous or casual business lunch — Le Train Bleu has the right balance of refinement and intimacy for both. In the upper expanses of Bloomingdale’s building hides a retro elegant eatery, which interior represents the copy of the 1870s French dining car. The trinity of a color scheme — forest-green, white ,and mahogany — makes the ambiance with two straight rows of tables classic and chic. No surprise, the menu is mostly continental with a reasonable American portion.

 1000 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022
#4. Ninja Dining

#4. Ninja Dining

Dark ninja castle is the place to get adrenaline, but here it’s accompanied with a nice dining experience. Ninja Dining presents Japanese cuisine in the most unexpected way: with sudden jumps, daunting nunchuks, and other kinds of performance that may seem either amusing or intimidating. Surprising customers is their true specialty.

 25 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013
#5. Brooklyn Grange

#5. Brooklyn Grange

Would you like to experience unforgettable dining “from soil to plate”? Not only rooftop farm makes your meal extremely fresh, healthy, and delicious, but also provides fascinating views of the city. Brooklyn Grange is the stronghold of the city farming institutions, providing organic products for local restaurants and markets. Follow their special event calendar or book the “green” food session of your own.

 37-18 Northern Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101,  Building no. 3, Flushing Ave. & Clinton Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11205
#6. American Girl Doll Dining

#6. American Girl Doll Dining

Girls only. American Girl Place on Manhattan presents a charming café where young ladies can bring their family, friends and…dolls. Sparkling tableware is intended not only for humans, but for human-like plastic creatures as well. Once you step into this pretty ambiance (it is better to book table in advance), you’re treated like a princess by very accommodating staff. It’s not just a fancy space — nice gourmet meals are also a part of the deal.

 609 5th Ave, New York, NY 10017
#7. Eataly Birreria

#7. Eataly Birreria

Have you ever been to the bustling and noisy Italian market? Eataly Birreria brings it to the dynamic Flatiron district. The best way to enjoy the tempting energy and authentic atmosphere of this gastronomic trap is to fuse in the plenitude of senses. Take a quick snack of melting pizza, indulge yourself with freshest fish or explore the killing pastry variety including mind-blowing Nutella crepes. Plan multiple visits to explore it all.

 200 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10010
#8. Jekyll and Hyde Club

#8. Jekyll and Hyde Club

This legendary horror-themed club has recently moved from its famous Midtown location to the 7th Avenue near Bleecker Street. Quite eccentric and eerie, the place meets the expectations of bizarre entertainment seekers. The conceptual setting, including actors and spooky special effects, is based on Robert Stevenson’s novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. If you’re a fan of English gothic and weird dining experience, that’s your spot.

 91 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014
#9. Shopsin's

#9. Shopsin's

In New York you never stay unsatisfied with a food choice, and this spot represents a quintessence of the city gastronomic scene. It will take you an hour to get through the menu: hundreds of delicious items can be cooked in a short time on a small kitchen. Unbelievable! So, better do some research online beforehand. The seats are limited and service is brutal, adding a certain charm to the Shopsin’s authentic atmosphere.

 120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002
#10. Ellen's Stardust Diner

#10. Ellen's Stardust Diner

This classics of a diner is known for its theatrical attitude to the dining process. Situated in the midst of the Broadway entertainment scene, Ellen’s welcomes you with singing waitstaff and retro ambiance. Sitting in a leather booth, you’ll be entertained with captivating performances and vibrant décor style. Enjoy a big range of comfort food with gluten-free options along with unusual service in the heart of Manhattan.

 1650 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
#11. Planet Hollywood

#11. Planet Hollywood

One more themed restaurant in the Times Square area which would be fun to visit for most of us. Planet Hollywood is intended to amuse the touristic crowd as it concentrates on cultural experience rather than on dining one. You can sip a cocktail or enjoy a meal surrounded by different kinds of movie memorabilia: video screens, posters, artifacts. Just like the neighbor, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., the place is supplied with a gift-shop.

 1540 Broadway, New York , NY 10036
#12. La Caverna

#12. La Caverna

Caves and rocks are your thing? Then, probably, you’ll be thrilled to visit mystically lighted vault space called La Caverna. Ominous stalactites, impressive marble pool, and prehistorically stylized drawings keep guests in the illusion of an ancient saturnalia. This one-of-a-kind decadent joint may be a little bit weird, but it is equally good for an after-work cocktail at the counter, crazy night dancing or intimate dinner in one of the dark nooks.

 122-124 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
#13. Tacombi at Fonda Nolita

#13. Tacombi at Fonda Nolita

Tacombi — Taco (Mexican food) + Combi (VW model) — brings the fascination of la playa latino americana to the concrete jungle. The place can hardly pass for a restaurant, with its simple metal tables and unpretentious service, but it certainly can be considered an outstanding dining experience. Change your dollars for local currency, blue poker chips, and enjoy different tacos, each with double tortilla, and special craft beer Mexican style. Blithe chef, master of amazing Jalapeno salsa, tropical plants, orange color retro van, surf video on flat screen make you feel the relaxing beach atmosphere for real.

 267 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012,  30 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10010,  752 Montauk Highway Montauk, New York, NY 11954,  255 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10014
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