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BONDST Lounge: Maybe you decided on BondSt Lounge because of the endless celebrity hype—after all, everyone from Al Pacino to Kristen Stewart has been spotted there—but one sip of their Shisito Pepper Margarita, and you wouldn’t notice if Obama himself walked through the door. That’s because the scene, albeit lively, takes a back-seat to the unique cocktail creations, limitless sake offerings and sumptuous Japanese cuisine. No signage other than a brown-hued Japanese flag will announce that you’re there, but once you’ve stepped down below street level to the clean, minimalist lounge, you’ll know you’ve hit the right place. Forgo the pillowed banquettes for a spot at the bar, where you can watch as the seasoned bartender takes unique ingredients like yuzu lemon foam, candied nori, and yamamomo fruit jam somehow transforms them into delicious yet understated cocktails. Warm up with a few of those ($12-14), follow them with a pairing of hard-to-find sake and just-flown-in sushi, and see what the fuss is about.