Who We Are:
FRIENDS AND LOVERS IS A PROJECT OF PASSION, FRIENDSHIP, AND LOVE. OUR MISSION IS TO PROVIDE A SAFE SPACE FOR ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE TO LET LOOSE, BE THEMSELVES, DANCE, MAKE FRIENDS, FALL IN LOVE, AND PARTY THEIR HEARTS OUT, AND A STAGE FOR NYC'S BEST AND MOST TALENTED MUSICIANS, DJS, AND ARTISTS TO HAVE FUN, BE CREATIVE, AND TAKE RISKS.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is there an age restriction?
Friends and Lovers is strictly a 21+ venue.
Is there a dress code?
Not really. Don't wear flip flops (they're bad on dance floors).
What kind of music will there be?
This REALLY depends on the night and can range from soul to house to funk to hip hop or anything in between. Check the calendar and/or Instagram for more information on the specific events happening on any given night.
When should I arrive?
We are open from 5pm - 2am Monday through Thursday, 5pm - 4am Friday and Saturday, and closed Sunday (unless otherwise noted). Feel free to come at anytime we are open. On weekends, we often have a line by 11pm so come before that if you don't want to wait.
What do I do if I lost something?
Fun happens and if you left something behind please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of the item along with your contact information. We'll search high and low for it! Note that we're closed on Sundays so please be patient and we'll look on Monday at 5pm.
How do I play here?
Send a submission to email@example.com. Please include name of artist(s) or proposed show, desired dates, relevant links, and any other information that seems pertinent to your submission. If your submission is too long or (especially if it is) too vague, it will be thrown in the trash. DJs, please send mixes and/or videos of you DJing so we can get an idea of technical skill level as well as musical style.
Keep in mind that due to the high volume of submissions we get, we can't respond to everyone. We do, however, check every email that comes to us, so if you don't hear back, you don't need to follow up.
Can I make a reservation?
Sort of. Due to the nature of our space, we don't have any VIP areas or separate spaces that can be rented while the bar is open to the public, so we can't hold space for large parties. If you would like to come with a large party, however, please let us know what day you'd like to come and with how many people by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will do our best to accommodate you and your friends.
Can I rent out the venue for a private event?
Yes! We do rent out the venue for private events from kids birthday parties to weddings. We offer several open bar packages as well. For more info please reach out to email@example.com. Please, serious inquiries only.
Anything else I should know?
So glad you asked! Be nice, patient, and accepting of other people. Friends and Lovers is a safe space for all kinds of people regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation. The only people we don't have a tolerance for are intolerant people. Please be patient if you have to wait on a line. Be kind to fellow patrons. Be respectful of staff and security. Tip your bartenders. And don't ask DJs for requests. Otherwise, just show up and be your amazing self!
The First Venture
After saving his wages from the Nagano apprenticeship, Chef Sakamoto took out a loan and opened Chotto Kai, his first restaurant in Tokyo. Using simple, seasonal ingredients, he was able to bring the luxury of kaiseki to all. Because he incorporated some of the Hong Kong flavors his mother had inspired in him, Chotto Kai was both a huge success and a unique contribution to Tokyo’s culinary landscape.
During his eighth year at Chotto Kai, he befriended ramen shop owner Rei Fukui. Chef Sakamoto had stopped by her front stall for a quick dinner and fell instantly in love with her take on the springy yet soft noodle. Every ingredient was meticulously prepared, just like each kaiseki course.
A New Challenge
Chef Sakamoto implored chef Fukui to share her methods. She said that she would only teach him the basics if he promised to bring the art of ramen abroad. He brought the proposition to his family, and his mother immediately urged him to go to Hong Kong.
The next week, Chef Sakamoto flew to the “Pearl City” and discovered that he felt more at home than ever. He knew that he could meld the umami flavors and smoky scents of Cantonese cuisine with the richness and nuances of ramen. He went back to Tokyo to learn from Chef Fukui, and with her blessing, returned to Hong Kong seven years later.