"I want to live here forever," I decidedly declare the second I set foot in The Heath. A 1920's speakeasy-style restaurant located inside Chelsea's so-called McKittrick Hotel (which isn't actually a hotel - say whaaa?), The Heath just might be New York's sexiest date spot. The lighting is low, the curtains are a tantalizing red, and the live jazz music is as sultry as Marilyn Monroe's legendary rendition of Happy Birthday, Mr. President.
Though it was originally opened as an extension of Punchdrunk's immersive theatre experience Sleep No More (which dominates the majority of the building), there's luckily no need to buy a ticket in order to experience the fabulousness that is The Heath.
Oh yeah, and there's food too! The menu is predominantly British, with dishes such as rabbit pie and a Yorkshire fry up on offer. The slightly unusual mains might not be to everyone's taste, but my Nutella Icebox Tart dessert was a near-spiritual experience.
If we're being honest though, no one really goes to The Heath for the food, they go for the ambiance. Dining at The Heath is like stepping back in time. I found myself continuously glancing over my shoulder, half-expecting to catch Don Draper staring back at me (okay, wrong era, but you get what I mean). The Heath is sexy, sultry, and oh-so-delightfully intoxicating.
Needless to say, this is a great go-to place if you're looking to impress a date or celebrate a special occasion (or, in my case, looking to soften the blow of turning the dreaded 3-0). It's the kind of establishment where no one would look twice if you showed up dressed to the nines and sporting a fake British accent (or in my taller half's case, a real one). For those looking for a bit of extra privacy, consider requesting a spot in the dining car. You can pretend you're off on a cheeky late-night jaunt to England's Lake District, without having to deal with any crying babies or grumpy ticket inspectors. Win.
For that extra wow factor, start your night out with some pre-dinner drinks amongst the fairy lights and foliage of the McKittrick's enchanting rooftop bar, Gallow green. Trust me, by the end of the evening, you'll want to stay forever too.
Take note: reserving your table in advance is advisable for The Heath, particularly on weekends, as they tend to book up fast.