The venue is a recreation of the apartment of a St Kilda artist, Katishe, who disappeared in the 80s. She was notorious for working the streets at night, then taking her clients back to her apartment, to show them her artwork (and perhaps a few other things).
Katishe had a fascination with New York, and this is reflected all around. She loved the streets of New York, and the interiors, and her work was inspired by the colours and eclecticism of Andy Warhol. There is so much to see in this venue, you simply have to go exploring.
I love this, but I don't think I'm going to sit on it.
Did I mention games? I repeatedly lost at Connect 4 while we waited for our food, and was just about to start in on the giant Jenga, when our kilo of chicken wings and loaded fries arrived. The food came so quickly that I didn't get a chance to win at Jenga! The only time in my life I've been disappointed at speedy service.
I think my favourite detail was the New York Darling newspaper, with its hilarious Classifieds (as well as the list of house cocktails, and some crosswords). There is so much to love about this place. And the food is definitely on that list.
The food is classic Americana, and it's well-priced and there's plenty of it! There are also HEAPS of gluten-free options on the menu, as well as vego and paleo options.
We devoured a kilo of Buffalo wings for $14. And be warned, it has classic Southern style spicing, so our mouths were burning. The loaded fries were glued with cheese – more cheese than chip almost, which was just amazing. Then there were the cheeseballs. Oh me oh my, so much cheese. I was so happy.