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Newest Bar from NYC Clubstaurant King Has a Giant Fish Tank

A “retro adult playground” — with fish

Melissa McCart is the editor for Eater New York.

The king of clubstaurants — behind Vandal, Beauty and Essex, Station Social, and of course, Tao — the Tao Group opened Fishbowl over the weekend in Dream Hotel Midtown (210 W. 55th St.). It’s the third restaurant/bar on the property, behind The Rickey — where an Elevated Vieux Carre is $26 and bottles Perrier Jouet Fleur Rose are $750 — and PhD Terrace, where guests snack on chocolate chip cookie skillets and baked brie like it’s the 80s.

Actor/singer Rumer Willis, Kevin Connolly, Richard Kind, and Tinsley Mortimer showed up for the opening at the “retro adult playground,” a basement rec-room space anchored by a 5000 gallon fish tank, filled with 150 types of salt water fish in the center, adjacent to mini-bowling lanes, Skee Ball, vintage arcade games, pinball, and an interactive phone booth. With Tao venues not known for the food, this is a place to drink and play games on the weekend, since it’s only open to the public Fridays and Saturdays starting at 8 p.m.

Earlier this month, James Dolan and the Madison Square Garden Company paid $181 million for a 62.5 percent stake in the Tao Group, which has expanded to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Sidney, and recently-announced, Chicago.