District M in the new Row NYC Hotel in Times Square is a hip yet unpretentious eatery/lounge on the main floor of this highly publicized and youthful hotel. There is stadium seating you can eat on (something that has only been seen before in Jay-Z's 40/40 eatery in Chelsea) as well as comfortable high table and banquet seating. The food comes out as fast as lightning and DJ Cherry spins jams from every era--she is actually a singer signed to Justin Timberlake's production company so we might be seeing very big things from her in the future.
I enjoyed the dim lighting and high ceilings, which give District M a feeling of airiness--and all the menu selections are big enough to share. It's all casual quick food like pizzas and charcuterie but it's high quality and delicious. My dining partner Gail and I shared three appetizers and one handstretched pizza and together we could not even eat half the food. Gail started with the I'm Walking Here cocktail ($14), which consists of vodka, elderflower liqueur, white grape juice and lime. It was an unusual, fruity and refreshing drink. There are many unique District M cocktails including one actually called District M ($13) consisting of bourbon, ginger ale, pomegranate syrup and lemon, which is one of their most popular.
|M...Is For Mushroom Pizza|
|Mural of Tortilla Flats on Wall of Executive Suite|
District M will soon be adding an eatery "neighbor" behind their stadium seating area, which will be inspired by the food stores of the Chelsea Market, and it will include a Murray's Cheeses. Celebrity photography by the legendary Ron Galella will be installed and projected all over the walls of District M, so be sure to come by for a visit between mid and late April. All hail District M and Row NYC--it's so nice to have happening hot spots in Times Square once more (and ones that are reasonably priced)!
700 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10036