As far as bright and tropical Japanese speakeasies go, this one's a doozy.
All eyes on The Hidden Pearl, an 18-seat Mid-Century Modern dream, now open for summer dates in Greenpoint.
It's a tiny space, awash with natural light in the late-day and early-nighttime time on account of an unexpected skylight. Airy, bright and full of uni, just how you like your date spots. Replete with gold light fixtures, navy blue accents and the occasional plant fit for a jungle, and you'll find it tucked behind Wanpaku Ramen—a literal stone's throw from Five Leaves, if one were to be so rude as to throw a stone.
Now, the idea here: a transportive cocktail spot for Japanese-inspired cocktails and small plates. The result: an ideal new date spot to try drinks you don't usually try—say, the Kariyushi Club Cocktail with Japanese whisky, passion fruit, Yuzu Kosho, peach, coconut, lime and grapefruit—and consume some surprisingly authentic Japanese delicacies, like bonito stomach lining over cucumber; uni shooters with raw quail egg, junmai sake and ponzu; and some more expected, equally delicious things like spicy tuna atop butter-seared rice.