Opening tomorrow in Soho from chef Didier Virot (JoJo, Aix), FR.OG—which stands for France Origine—uses a bold design and Moroccan, Vietnamese and Lebanese accents to create a more colorful version of Casablanca. Start with a drink at the massive glass-marble bar flanked by square stools upholstered in pink leather. (Get used to the pink—there's a lot more where that came from.) While you sip one of the infused cocktails (Ginger Rose Martini for her, the Moroccan spiced FR.OG Martini for you), you might want to show that you are moved by the hypnotic wave pattern of the sculpted white wall opposite the bar. (She'll see you have a sensitive side.)
After a drink, take the spiral staircase down to the moodier lower level where you'll want to dine. Though as large as the first floor, its lower table height and Moroccan lanterns exude a loungier vibe where you can nosh on dishes like sauteed boneless duck leg in Pastilla or the sauteed snapper, flown in twice weekly from New Zealand.
Southern Hemisphere fish in a French restaurant in Soho with a Moroccan theme—who said impressing women was complicated?