For a Romantic evening out, Mihoko’s 21 Grams cannot be topped!
* all images taken from their website *
While most NYC restaurants are designed with their business lunch/dinner clients in mind, I cannot tell you the absolute delight I felt walking into Mihoko’s 21 Grams. The atmosphere screams, “Forget about work and let’s party in the most exclusive way!” The decor sets the stage entirely for romance with pastel damask, white tablecloths, and flirtatious Louis XVI accents placed all over the rooms in unique ways.
When describing this room, I say that from the waist down it screams formal, three star french dining. The tables are sectioned off by wooden screens, paneled with various colors of pastel damask. The white table cloths are adorned with perfectly placed settings, beautiful cutlery, and elegant china.
The walls tell a different story, though! This large, Flatiron loft space is divided into three sections by a large bar in the center. The walls are embellished with staggered heights of Rococo paintings, mixed with wooden-framed, garland motif mirrors. The mirrors are consistent with those removed from old Parisian apartments. They’re all featured whimsically, at playful, staggering heights.
I have to mention the basement bar – OMG!!! It is papered with life size, black and white photo wallpaper of the walls of Versailles! The furnishings encourage cozy talks and intimate conversation… so romantic!
The cocktail list is over the moon in uniqueness, featuring inspired combinations of the most delicious ingredients. Both the food and cocktails are reflective of Mihoko’s (a well known Ballerina in Japan) love of all things French and Japanese. Therefore, cocktail, dinner and dessert menus are enhanced with Japanese ingredients prepared in modern French ways.
That said, aside from the sushi menu they offer, the food appeared to be mostly modern French to me.
Unless you are coming here for drinks (which I highly recommend) or dining here for just cocktails and sushi, I think this is more of a special occasion restaurant. That said, hurry! Find a special occasion to celebrate and make this your first, most romantic destination! It’s gorgeous, playful and completely cool all at the same time.
Did I mention the interior designer is Bruno Borrione, a Philippe Stark prodigy?