65 W 70th St, New York, NY | Directions 1002340.775988 -73.979254
Neighborhoods: Lincoln Square, Midtown
Sexy Date Spot a Gem on Upper West Side – Escape the touristy nabe of Lincoln Center, Apple stores, ABC-TV and the scene-y crowds at the nearby Empire Hotel rooftop, and head to this semi-secret (it pains me to write this), super seductive gem for an intimate rendezvous. This candlelit underground lair dons private caves, Moroccan pillows and rose petaled waterfalls. A bottle of champagne and decadent melt-in-your-mouth Mediterranean dessert (perfect for feeding to each other) can set you back just $50.
Had a 6 hour first date! – Sexy, romantic, great music, great food, waitstaff does not try to kick you out. Literally was there for 6 hours on a first date. He was so impressed with me picking out Shalel. Highly recommend for a date, hanging out with friends, etc..
Great little romantic spot – I came here with my boyfriend for Valentine's day and had a great time. We didn't make reservations, so we had to sit at the bar. It didn't matter because the bartender treated us very well. The wine was great as well as the appetizers. Love the ambiance. So romantic and cute. Highly recommend it.
A sexy, secret date spot on the Upper West Side. – The Scene
Looking for a romantic spot that will make you look in-the-know without seeming desperately hip? Head to semi-secret Shalel Lounge, located beneath Metsovo. If you can't find its inconspicuous sign, just follow the paper-bag lanterns and Arabic dance music down the stairs and through a covered patio. In daylight, the bar's cement-patched brick walls and cave-like rooms might not do the trick, but add scores of votives, cozy Moroccan-style pillows and a back-lit bar, and you have one of the sexiest bars on the Upper West Side.
Serving several wines by the glass and more than 20 bottled beers (most of them imports), Shalel charges $10 for most drinks. Each of its six rooms (including the covered patio) are group-friendly, with chairs and benches clustered around low tables. Couples--or those looking to get close--should head to the private bench next to the tiny, trickling waterfall.
EH...OKAY – I say this is a 5. Basically, it looks great and sounds great, BUT you MUST get there really early (before 9pm) in order to guarantee a spot to sit at...AND it's really really hot and stuffy...And beware of couples who take over a WHOLE room to indulge in one another...HEY SHARE THE ROOM PEOPLE!!!! The drinks are pricey, but hey this is new york city!!!! All in all, its okay...could be bigger though!!!!
LOVE THIS PLACE! :) – This is a super romantic spot ... cuddle up in one of the private rooms or sit at the bar and people watch. The finger food is really great.
Creepy Crawlers and more...... – I was so happy to hear that my good friend got engaged and was all pumped for the celebration at Shalel. A. No proper entrance. B. Overpriced drinks. C. Cluless wait staff and disintersted bartender. D. Broken toilets. AND E. worst of all HUGE WATERBUGS!!. After my friend was neglected by the bartender he was forced to be a plumber and an exterminator. OHH I forgot to mention the chair broke on another friend ..no one seemed to notice and when we made a point to tell the wait staff no one cared..All in all is the worst place I have EVER been to...I have never seen waterbugs so big..not even on the Animal Planet Chanel.
a great date spot! – very cool place to go snuggle up and have a few drinks!
Sexy little nook – Despite the $9 price tag on a glass of wine, it offers a lot in the way of atmosphere and intimate surroundings. A great place to take a date or anyone you'd want to impress since it's a bit hidden away.
A Hidden Gem – Shalel is such a great find. We stumbled upon it late one night. The owner is so gracious and the cool moroccan atmosphere is comfy and inviting.
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