The Poni Room is a new bar underneath Saxon + Parole in Noho. The dark space, which doesn’t have any standing room, is a great option for casual dates - just grab a booth or a high-top and drink a frozen cocktail, martini, or some wine (reservations are also available if you like to plan ahead). If you opt for wine, you’ll be instructed to walk to the back, pick a bottle out of a giant sink filled with ice, and pour your own glass or carafe - to the brim if you want. They also serve a bunch of Japanese-influenced small plates and seafood skewers, and while you can eat a full dinner here, we recommend just sharing a couple things - like crunchy lotus root in soy sauce and crispy, sweet, spicy chicken wings - while you drink.
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Saxon + Parole
Saxon + Parole is not quite a place The Infatuation seeks out. But if you’re with a bunch of girlfriends, want a fun club scene, and don’t mind dropping $44 for some wings, you’ll love it.
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