First Look at Toy, Now Open in the Old Tanuki Tavern Space

Looks trippy, literally! Photo: Melissa Hom

The latest restaurant-nightlife hybrid comes from China Grill Management and Dual Group’s Derek and Daniel Koch (of Day and Night party fame) in the former Tanuki Tavern space in the Gansevoort Meatpacking. You won’t find toys in the traditional sense, but you will find a 7,000-square-foot playland comprised of an outdoor terrace and a a bi-level dining room serving modern Sino-Japanese fare like shrimp ‘toast’ cigars with golden mustard plum sauce, and “Signature Lacquered Mahogany Chicken.” It’s serving lunch, dinner, and a smaller late-night menu; tunes come courtesy of a state-of-the-art D.J. booth, but watch your dance steps if you happen to glance up at the insane fractured mirror on the ceiling — we wouldn’t want you to lose your footing.

Toy, the Gansevoort Hotel, 18 Ninth Ave., at 13th St.; 212-203-5422