Buddy films often pair up men with contrasting strengths -- think Nick Nolte's tough cop to Eddie Murphy's fast-talking convict, or Charlie Sheen's intrepid journalist to Chris Tucker's fast-talking Eddie Murphy. From a real world duo doing what they both do, Juliet Supperclub, opening tonight.
The platonic love-child of Todd English and nightlife bottle servisario Jon B, Juliet's a glittery new gastroclub serving up English's Medi-inspired menu 'til 11pm, then shifting to full-on party status thereafter; the Andy-Gibb-meets-Willy-Wonka bi-level space boasts massive floral arrangements, reflective tiled floors and walls, a densely-latticed ceiling emitting an ambient purplish/blue glow, blue & gold U-shaped banquettes, and wall-to-ceiling beams shaped like a whale's rib cage. The food kicks off mezze style with spreads of hummus (traditional, carrot, lamb), cucumber cilantro tzatziki, and yellow lentil berbere dip, scooped with breads from pita, to saj, to Za'atar; apps stay shareable with plates of fried haloumi w/ Turkish tomato sauce, crispy calamari with green harissa/cucumber yogurt, fire roasted Black Baba Eggplant, and raw tuna "tabouleh" chopped up with cracked wheat, which would stand a better chance of getting straight if it didn't live in a club. Bigger bites include lemon butter-sauced grilled scallops w/ fried leek cakes, seared duck skewers with pomegranate syrup, lamb meat served as both shawarma (w/ smoked yogurt and spicy tomato caper sauce) and dumplings (Aleppo peppers, yogurt sauce), and a tamarind-glazed skirt steak sided by feta whipped potatoes, which should really stand up to its munster of a girlfriend.
Beyond the bottle, booze getting it on 'til the break of dawn includes the tequila Full Frontal (grapefruit/lime/spicy honey/Peychaud's), the Burlesque Dancer (Plymouth/strawberry/ginger/lemon), and the Belvedere/St Germain/agave Smooth Operator, though if you aren't one, remember Money Talks.