GrubStreet: The Team Behind Donna Transports Its Tropical Inclinations to Japan
"Donna is one of New York’s funnest cocktail bars. They keep it loose while serving some of the city’s best cocktails (to start: the mai tai and Brancalada), in a place that feels like a tropical getaway on quieter weeknights and like a party somewhere in Mexico City when it gets raucous. It’s a type of bar, in other words, that New Yorkers could always have more of, and now they do. Last night, owner Leif Huckman opened the Hidden Pearl in the back of Greenpoint ramen restaurant Wanpaku..."
URBAN DADDY: Greenpoint's Newest (and Only) Tropical Japanese Speakeasy
"It's a tiny space, awash with natural light in the late-day and early-nighttime time on account of an unexpected skylight. Airy, bright and full of uni, just how you like your date spots. Replete with gold light fixtures, navy blue accents and the occasional plant fit for a jungle, and you'll find it tucked behind Wanpaku Ramen—a literal stone's throw from Five Leaves, if one were to be so rude as to throw a stone..."
The INfatuation Guide: The NYC Bar Hit List: Where To Drink Right Now
"To get to The Hidden Pearl, you have to find the semi-secret entrance all the way at the back of Wanpaku, a ramen place in Greenpoint. But once you get inside, this place doesn’t really feel like a hidden bar or a speakeasy. It’s just a tiny spot with a skylight and a few nice tables, and the staff is extremely friendly. The Japanese-inspired cocktails are excellent, and you can order snacks like pork buns and tuna on crispy rice. Make a reservation, and bring a date. It’s perfect for that."