One of my favorite things about showing people around New York is being able to take them to “hidden foodie gems” in the city. Think ‘Los Mariscos,’ an authentic taqueria accessible through a secret side hallway in Chelsea Market. Or ‘Burger Joint,’ a divey burger spot located inside the swanky Parker New York Hotel. Now, I can add another one of these gems to my list: Clinton Hall’s Gigawatt Garden, a cute summer space accessed through the lobby of the POD 51 Hotel at 230 East 51st Street.
The Garden, which had its official launch on July 16th, is the perfect place to spend a few boozy summer nights. In addition to live music, the space offers patrons a number of board games to choose from, from super sized Connect Four to Cards of Humanity. No matter what, there’s definitely some sort of entertainment here for everyone.
Then, of course, there’s the food. Loaded waffle fries, soft pretzel bites, buffalo wings and both beef and veggie burger options -- the next door Clinton Hall does an excellent job of making sure visitors will be satisfied with their meal. Bonus Tip: GET THE DONUTS! These soft cinnamon doughnut holes come with your choice of chocolate or caramel drizzle, and they are decadent. I had to stop myself after four, but could have easily devoured about five more. Instead traded eating more donuts for some of the Frose -- totally delicious and refreshing, but again, GET THE DONUTS.
So, if you’re looking for a chill place with a backyard vibe to kick it in the middle of the city, the Gigawatt Garden is your best bet. And if you’re looking for something a little extra, drop in on a Tuesday for some Drag Bingo! I almost guarantee it’ll be more exciting than any other game of bingo you’ve ever played in your life.