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Update: Ember Room is closed; It’s now listed as “moved” to OBAO in Hell’s Kitchen

Chocolate ribs come from chocolate pigs. Everyone knows that. What you don’t know is that when this sensual dish is served at New York’s Ember Room, babies are born nine months later. From restaurant veterans Todd English and Ian Chalermkittichai, Ember Room is a sultry temple to American-Asian BBQ and all things smoldering hot.

Over 4,000 gold Thai temple bells line the ceiling above you while a warm glow hits your cheeks that may or may not come from the huge industrial whisks fitted with light bulbs or…you. The only way to cool off is with one of 11 craft cocktails with names like “Heaven on Earth” and “Streetside Ladyboy Dacquiri” on the long, sleek, black marble bar.

But back to the ribs.  Grilled baby back pork ribs ($7) are thickly glazed in a smoky Belgian chocolate sauce and just hanging on to the bone by a thread. In no way soggy yet tender enough to support the sweet, sticky, messy sauce–you may have to get dessert to go.

Ember Room
647 9th Ave
New York, NY 10036
(212) 245-8880