The Thompson hotel graced downtown with multiple concepts when it opened last year, including the extra-fancy Italian spot Monarch and sushi and cocktail lounge Kessaku. But don’t sidestep Catbird, the 10th floor restaurant armed with a terrace overlooking the city. The airy space is adorned with patterned tile floors, low-slung furniture, and hanging green plants, and gives off the general vibe of your cool friend’s patio. The menu merges shareable plates (Smoked Bone Marrow, Crab Rangoon Dip) with handhelds (Chicken Katsu Sandwiches, Grilled Octopus Tacos), while the drinks portion highlights classics like Negronis and French 75s that can be made traditionally or with a creative Catbird riff.
Nine-and-a-half (!) floors up inside Thompson Dallas, the impeccably designed Catbird features an equally eclectic menu with a global spin. Slide into a curved banquette or a table on the terrace with downtown views, then explore a menu dominated by sultry shareables, including Salmon Sashimi, Smoked Bone Marrow, Octopus Tacos, and Pumpkin Curry Mussels. Make sure to save room for the tableside dessert show, courtesy of a flambé torch and a bourbon-spiked s’more-inspired sweet. (For added romance, stop by on a Tuesday when they feature live jazz.)