Rumor has it that raw oysters and the like are sure fire aphrodisiacs. Dare we share some hot spots in which to indulge these cupid boosters? Indeed, we do.
Ed’s Lobster Bar
Enter and take in the raw bar at this popular seafood spot. The oysters are fresh and fragrant, a sensuous dining experience in and onto themselves as you tilt your head back and slurp them down, enjoying the distinct texture as it shimmies its way down your palette, complemented perfectly by a white wine vinaigrette, dressed with crushed peppercorns and a sassy cocktail sauce.
Next take things a step further and indulge in the little neck clams, while petite in stature, gigantic in flavor, along with the many other signature dishes on the menu.
Looking to bring things to an extra level?
Intertwine hands with your partner, oysters in each, and feed them to each other. Why not make it a dozen?
Exit the clamor of the city and enter Mollusca. From that moment on, you are drawn to this dining spot as its aesthetic exudes elegance and at the same time soothes your senses via subtle lighting casting shadows of ocean waves on the mirrored walls, resplendent with hand-blown glass light bulbs with shapes that liken jellyfish.
Here, the perfectly adorned Mollusca Signature Oyster with black caviar, fresh Uni and mignonette sauce, is almost too picture perfect to eat. Take a picture for posterity and just drink it down, allowing its velvety essence to entertain your palette.
For another raw treat, try the scallop ceviche; carpaccio-sliced scallops marinated in a Peruvian sauce and topped with aromatic black truffles and Ossetra caviar; a textural and savory treat to the palate. The raw bar also offers Hand Rolls in two varieties: Classic Rolls like Hamachi and Toro and Chef Rolls which allows original creations conjured by the chef.
Take your time as you have all night long. Yes, all night.
Enter the Park South Hotel and arrive at GG Tokyo, a small dining spot named after Tokyo’s famed Golden Gai district, known for its lively vibe, resplendent with musicians, artists, celebrities and the like. GG Tokyo’s menu showcases innovative Japanese-inspired dishes conceptualized for sharing with a group of friends but feel free tonight to make your way in as a party of two.
Hit the raw bar here featuring Kumamoto Oysters dressed with a cucumber mignonette; Uni and Wagyu Sashimi or the small plates featuring Tuna Tartare, a spin made with tuna in tonnato sauce with fried capers and garlic bread. GG also offers sashimi, pressed sushi rolls and hand rolls, as well as a four-course tasting menu, available at the six-seat sushi counter at the end of the bar. The fluke sashimi, fluke over pieces of daikon in herb tahini, garnished daintily with micro herbs is nothing short of divine.
And very strictly raw and naked.