Food + Drinks

8 Dining Spots in Odd Locales

Looking to spice up your dinner? Try one of the eight concept restaurants below, whose offerings—which range from meals in midair to in complete darkness—will be enough to satisfy any thrill-seeking foodie.

Solo Per Due
A table for two isn't hard to find in Vacone, Italy, because at Solo per Due, the "smallest restaurant in the world," it's the only one—literally. Services include a Ferrari taxi that transports you to your secluded destination, a private fireworks show, and a personalized meal made with local ingredients like extra-virgin olive oil and sheep's cheese.
Via Villa di Orazio 2 02040, Vacone, Italy

At a restaurant designed to engage the five senses, four-course meals are practically an afterthought. Performances by DJs, acrobats, drag queens, and dancers accompany the food and drinks. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, simply lie back: Beds replace tables and chairs.
Locations in Amsterdam, London, San Francisco, Istanbul, and Los Angeles

DS Music Restaurant
In what other restaurant can you get your beer from an IV drip? At DS Music, guests sit at tables made to look like gurneys while servers dressed as nurses and doctors serve their guests a mix of western-Chinese, Japanese, and Thai food. The cutlery, of course, is shaped like a surgeon's tools.
7 Xinsheng North Rd., Sec. 3, Zhongshan District, Taipei, Taiwan

Dinner in the Sky
Suspended 50 meters in midair by a crane, diners share a six-meter-long platform on which they eat and drink and are even occasionally serenaded by string musicians. The company can set the crane up at locations around the world, affording customers a bird's-eye view of scenic spots like the Eiffel Tower or the skyline of Dubai.
Contact to request a location

Robert's Restaurant
Serving up both erotic dancers and filet mignons, Robert's Restaurant at Scores in New York City is the carnivorous man's dream come true. On arrival, a comely hostess leads customers to their seats and offers the company of a dancer to complement a meal of dry-aged steak from the restaurant's own meat locker—all in full view of the ongoing rotation of scantily clad ladies on the stage.
536 W. 28th St., New York City

Fortezza Medicea
At this restaurant, the chefs and waitstaff aren't struggling actors—they're convicted criminals. The venue serves classic southern-Italian cuisine behind the walls of the Fortezza Medicea prison. Customers must undergo background checks to be admitted. Don't miss the house pianist (he's there for life). Via del Castello, Volterra Call booking agency to set up reservation: 39 0588 87257;

Danes le Noir?
Here's a food spot that takes the blind taste test to an absurd level—you eat the dishes at London's Danes le Noir? sight unseen: The dining area is cast in pitch-black darkness, a ploy designed to intensify your taste buds.
30-31 Clerkenwell Green EC1R 0DU, London

The idea of opening a restaurant in the world's largest coffin was concocted by funeral directors to increase tourist traffic to the small Ukraine town. The dishes reflect the eatery's morbid mood—one is called "Let's Meet in Paradise."
Truskavets, Ukraine

By Christine Busciglio

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