246 West 38th Street, Midtown
Phone: 212-575-1671, website
Status: Certified Open
The wait is over: New York's first dining in the dark restaurant is now open, complete with communal tables, blind waiters, and panic buttons. The long saga of Dans Le Noir NYC began way, way back in August of 2009, when we first learned that the Paris-based chain was scouting locations in NYC. They originally moved into a building near the Flatiron, but then packed up shop and headed to the old Tonic space on Norfolk. Then they eyed a location in Tribeca, before finally settling on an address near Times Square.
After months of delays, the restaurant finally made its debut earlier this week. According to the sample menus, guests can enjoy things like tournedos of crocodile, as well as "surprise wine" and "surprise cocktails." Diners are encouraged not to wear fancy clothes to Dans Le Noir, and if they get too drunk, they will be booted from the dark dining room, and released back into the illuminated world outside.
For more on the dark dining phenomenon, take a look at our exclusive inside look at the space, and check out this promotional video:
· All Coverage of Dans Le Noir [~ENY~]