Dining in the dark: An extrasensory experience not for the faint of heart
The much anticipated wait is finally over, Dans Le Noir is now open in NYC. The infamous culinary and social experience made popular by Parisians has landed in Times Square, and it’s all the rave amongst foodies and adventure seeking types. It’s wise to think of it as just that-an experience, and not just another night out to eat. It’s common knowledge that your senses are heightened when not all of them are properly functioning, and that’s the exact premise behind this innovative restaurant concept. By inviting guests into the pitch black dining room, they’ll be forced to “completely re-evaluate the notions of taste and smell” via “gastronomical and pedagogical process.”
Your perceptions of taste, smell and even sound will be challenged and enhanced as you relinquish control and place faith in your personalized guides for the evening. All you need is an open mind and an excited attitude to fully enjoy the surprise tasting menu and wine selections. They’ve even created 4 different menus to choose from to accommodate patrons with certain dining restrictions, such as a gluten free or a vegetarian option. The only requirements are that you must be 18 years old to enter, and you must sign a waiver form. You’re also advised not to dress in your Sunday best, as some of us are clumsy enough even with the lights on. While it’s a serious affair with all the necessary precautions taken, such as placing personal belongings in a locker and leaving valuables over $300 with the staff; it’s an exciting and fun event that even the pickiest of eaters should try. Be sure to visit their website for more information, and for a full list of FAQs.
Dans Le Noir, 246 West 38th Street, New York. (212) 575-1671