Several exciting new businesses have recently opened in the neighborhood. This month’s roundup features a variety of new neighbors, from where to go for unique desserts to where to play a round of mini golf. Stay in the know with the latest New Neighbors in Flatiron & NoMad.
Lysée, 44 East 21st Street, @lysee.nyc
Founded by Chef Eunji Lee, formerly the Executive Pastry Chef at the 2 Michelin-starred restaurant Jungsik, Lysée is a pastry boutique influenced by French and Korean cultures. Lysée is also inspired by Chef Lee’s love of pastry as edible art and offers unique desserts as well as traditional viennoiserie. Try a classic Kouign Amann that is both airy and rich in flavor or Full Moon 2.0, a round croissant filled with a decadent hazelnut & chocolate spread. For more complex treats, order the Lysée, a signature mousse cake made with Korean toasted brown rice mousse with caramel, elliot pecan sablé, and praline. Don’t forget to try the Corn, a delicious surprise of corn mousse cake with crunchy sablé and grilled corn cream. Additional offerings include Experimental Shortbread, Very Important Chocolate Cake, and Corn Brioche. Lysée is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 – 6 pm.
Swingers Crazy Golf, 35 West 29th Street, (646) 661-3509, @swingersus Looking for a fun place to go that features elements for a perfect night out? Meet Swingers Crazy Golf in NoMad, the London-established venue with mini golf, tasty street food, and craft cocktails in a theatrical space unlike any other. Themed to a lush 1920s English golf clubhouse, Swingers transports you to another world spanning 23,000 square feet. The party atmosphere is complimented by the three 9-hole mini golf courses, four gourmet street food vendors, six cocktail bars, and DJ. Choose from group packages that include crazy golf, food and drinks, book just a round of golf, or reserve the venue for a party with capacity up to 525 people. Swingers Crazy Golf is open Monday through Wednesday from 12 pm – 12 am, Thursday from 12 pm – 1 am, Friday from 12 pm – 2 am, Saturday from 10:30 am – 2 am, and Sunday from 12 – 10:30 pm.
Verōnika, 281 Park Avenue South, 2nd Floor, (646) 993-6993, @veronika_nyc Verōnika has reopened within the renowned photography museum Fotografiska. The upscale restaurant and bar offers continental European classic dishes with a twist focusing on seasonal ingredients, sustainable seafood, and pasture-raised meats. Open for dinner, the wide-ranging menu features starters, classics, seafood, steaks, sides, and desserts. To start, order Half Shell Maine Scallops or an Organic Farmers Salad served with a raw-honey vinaigrette. For a main dish, go with a classic such as the Jagerschnitzel or a New York Wagyu Strip Steak served with frites and house condiments. Pair with an Arugula Salad topped with truffle Sottocenere cheese or Broccolini with lemon-mint-garlic butter. End your meal with the Verōnika Double Chocolate Cake or Strawberries & Cream. Bar Verōnika offers a curated selection of craft cocktails, wines, and bites with bar, table, and lounge seating. The Restaurant is open daily for dinner from 5 pm – 12 am, and Bar Verōnika is open daily from 5 pm – 2 am.
Wafels & Dinges, 186 Fifth Avenue, @wafelsanddinges Treat yourself to a classic Belgian bite at the newest Wafels & Dinges. Build your own Liège Wafel made with pearl sugar and choose sweet or savory toppings. You can also order popular signature wafels, from the Turtle Wafel topped with dulce de leche, walnuts and chocolate fudge to the Bourbon Maple & Bacon Wafel featuring candied bacon and bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup. Additional treats offered include Spekuloos Belgian Cookies, Spekuloos Belgian Cookie Butter, Spekuloos Cookie & Cream Ice Cream, and Hot Belgian Cocoa served with real whipped cream. Wafels & Dinges is open daily from 8 am to 11 pm.