Designed with the notion of seducing hipsters into staying put by meeting all of their after-dark needs — cocktail lounge, restaurant, after-hours club — hot spots like the Park, man ray and Spread have sparked a new wave in New York nightlife: the space that wears multiple faces.
The arrival of Abaya (a Buddhist/Hindi hand gesture that means “fearless”) has transformed the trendlet into full-fledged scene. This East Village hybrid looks like a lounge, but meets all needs: The futuristic ’70s-chic interior — a la “A Clockwork Orange” (or a Blur video) — was designed for comfort, the Mediterranean tapas menu is Zagat-worthy, the DJ talent is topnotch, and the cocktails surpass the seen-it standard. Don’t miss the otherworldly Tang 2001 martini: Absolut mandarin, OP aquavit, peach schnapps, sour mix and — yes — Tang, shaken and served with a Tang-dusted rim. Abaya, 244 E. Houston St.; 212-777-7467.