A great restaurant closed its door at the end of March of this year. I didn’t know up until a week ago, when a friend and I had wanted to seek it out again. We had spent some amazing happy hours over there last winter and were one of the few people who remained fascinated up until today by the entire charade and make-up of the place. Jekyll & Hyde at Times Square had only been open for a couple of years but it has so far been one of the funnest adventures in drinking history I’ve undertaken.
Now how exactly did I become a fan of this establishment which was in one of the most touristy areas of entire New York? Well, usually I try to avoid Times Square if anything. But in December 2014 I had friends visit from out of town. They were smitten by all things New York and naturally Times Square is a huge part of it. I am actually happy they discovered their ways around because I would have never found out about this place otherwise. They were excitedly telling me about this amazing deal in the center of commercialism and it finally convinced me enough to stop by myself. Two cocktails for the price of one – a grand total of $14 for two drinks, why not? I had to check it out for myself so my friend Laura and I ended up spending a good amount of our December and January days at this fine establishment. We were thrilled by the chocolate martinis and other exotic flavors and almost could not believe that we were drinking two solid and delicious cocktails at the price of one.
But not only were the drinks amazing – there were so many more special effects to this entire place which made our stay an entertainment of first class. Take the bar stools for example. These stools went up and down throughout the course of our hour-long (or two-hour-long) stay – very, very slowly. So slowly indeed that I was all of a sudden a few feet above my friend and vice versa. It was just fun overall. In addition to the mysterious bar stools, random ghosts would jump out of coffins in the wall. And when I tried the bathroom, all of a sudden an old lady was staring back at us through the mirror. Of course these were all puppets but it was certainly a jump-in-the-air-moment at first. Not only did we have some cute bartenders to look at but the staff in general was immensely friendly. And once we went through the phone booth instead of taking the steps up. Boy was that an experience. Think Haunted House all over again!
Well, last Friday my friend and I wanted to take advantage of their great happy hour till 7pm but unfortunately we found ourselves outside of barricaded doors. I guess it closed in spring due to the change in lease. Themed restaurants are not necessarily a thing here in New York, but that Jekyll & Hyde was truly a hidden gem. Maybe one day we will get to experience it again. Or something even better…