Today Zagat brings word of the naked-lady-wallpapered secret room that was just unveiled at Bell Book & Candle. The chandelier-hung nook is accessed through a wall panel you push on until it swings open, and it has a cutout window that looks directly onto the bar, the better to request those buckets of Champagne. This reminded us of the hidden back room we stumbled onto a while ago at Lower East Side wine bar Ten Bells. While looking for the restroom in the back of the space, we pulled open a door that led not to the WC (though it was identical to the restroom door) but to a long, dim back room with a large table in it. A call to the boîte reveals that the space seats 24 and is available at no charge for private parties. We're already a bit meh on "secret" restaurants, but secret rooms seems like a trend that might have, er, legs.
Most Viewed Stories
What Went Wrong at Bark Hot Dogs?
11 Last-Minute Valentine’s Gifts for NYC Food-Lovers
Black Customers Sue Denny’s for Asking Them to Prepay for Their Meal
No Slice for You: How Rockaway Beach Got Its Very Own Pizza Nazi
Why Do Starbucks’s Valentine’s Drinks Contain Something Called ‘Chocolatey’ Chips?
Latest News from Grub StreetOne of Brooklyn’s Favorite Chefs Is Headed to a Meal-Delivery Start-up
Johnathan Adler will leave Franny's at the end of March to take over as the culinary manager of Blue Apron.Why Do Starbucks’s Valentine’s Drinks Contain Something Called ‘Chocolatey’ Chips?
Turns out the FDA doesn't recognize the ingredient as "chocolate."Is New York Still America’s Most Important Restaurant City?
That's the question Adam Platt and Alan Sytsma debate in the newest episode of the Grub Street Podcast.Craft Breweries Mailed Peyton Manning Beer That Isn’t Budweiser
The Brewers Association is staging an intervention over his subpar beer preferences.Brooklyn Will Get Its Own Breaking Bad Coffee Shop This Year
" ... This isn't a theme park, but a unique coffee shop with just hints of the TV show."Someone Paid $96,000 for a Bottle of McDonald’s Special Sauce
The only bottle available to the public in the U.K., or something.11 Last-Minute Valentine’s Gifts for NYC Food-Lovers
Halva worth splurging on, American charcuterie, wine to celebrate with, and more inspired options.So Burger King Is Going to Sell Chili Dogs Now
Seems a little incongruous.Misguided Maker of Skittles and M&Ms Swears Off Artificial Dye
What would Willy Wonka think?There’s a Subway Sandwich Shop Every 5 Frickin’ Blocks in Manhattan
That's probably too many.
The popular Park Slope spot surprised everyone when it closed this month. Owner Joshua Sharkey explains what happened and why he made the decision.The Dumpling Emoji Is Under Official Consideration
Potatoes, avocados, pancakes, and even whiskey are in there, too.Watch April Bloomfield Charm America With Her Burger-Making Mastery
"This is like beef-on-beef."Mission Chinese Food’s Lunar New Year Party Featured a Small Army of Chefs
Chad Robertson and Jessica Koslow, among others, collaborated for the potluck dinner.Semilla to Serve Pop-up Pizza One Night Only
There will also be rare Spanish natural wines.New Report Accuses Restaurants of Passing Off Cheaper Fish As Lobster
A report found that 35 percent of dishes include inferior seafood.Some Dude Threw an Alligator Into a Wendy’s Drive-Through
In Florida, of course.Freud, From the Edi & the Wolf Team, Serves Up Austrian Mountain Cheese, Pork Neck, and Spaetzle
It opens tonight in Greenwich Village.The Ridiculous Rise of Viral Food and the Great Line Apocalypse
"These days, you can’t walk five blocks in Manhattan without stumbling onto a rabble of poor deluded souls, desperate to try some new foodstuff they read about ... "Beyoncé Is So Powerful She Can Single-Handedly Lift Red Lobster’s Sales
One lyric leads an entire nation to crave popcorn shrimp and cheddar biscuits.