There's nothing quite like getting let in on a secret, until you realize that even though it's certainly strong enough for you, this pH balance is like, wayyyyy off. Now, behold a secret dining club: Txoko, debuting next Wednesday.
The gut-busting brainchild of catering biz Mama's Group (who corralled chefs from Nobu and some awesome place in Peru you've never heard of), Txoko's self-proclaimed "gastronomic society" will pop up every Wed inside Villa 221, transforming one of its spaces -- from the sprawling terrace/garden area to a tropical lounge room -- into an intimate dining area serving a four-course prix fixe that changes every couple weeks, although they recommend you put on fresh clothes before coming. They keep menus shrouded in mystery, but a test run included caramel popcorn w/ bacon & pistachio, cinnamon-braised short ribs w/ hazelnut & chive crust, and soy butter-slathered grouper w/ bamboo shoots, mustard green quinoa & lotus chips, also a spinoff in which Ponch trades in his motorcycle for a lightweight, mid-engined British sports car, and is immediately kicked off the force. While the bar's not prix fixe, it is full of booze, including 5+ wines, and craft beers like Monk in the Trunk Organic Amber Ale, Cigar City, White Rascal, and recently US-released German pilsner Krombacher, also the god Conan the Barbarian prays to, although most people didn't know that was his last name.
Reservations are a must, and for the first few runs, diners'll get a free Txoko membership card, which'll net discounts as well as access to a post-dinner drinks/"tapitas" lounge now in the works. Those who miss the cutoff can still get a card for a small price, which's just what you have to pay in pH balance to get the Cherry Mischief-clean feeling you've come to need.