For 10 years, Kierland Commons was the end-all, be-all of North Scottsdale dining, shopping and nightlife. (And yes, we know that Kierland is technically in North Phoenix, but try telling that to anyone outside the city planning department.) Aside from popularizing the now-ubiquitous pedestrian-friendly outdoor shopping promenade here in the Valley, Kierland also helped put renowned local restaurateur, Sam Fox, on the map, as at one point he owned three eateries in the complex.
In fact, Kierland’s been such a roaring success that we scoffed (yes, scoffed) when we heard that another massive shopping and entertainment complex, Scottsdale Quarter, was going in across the street. And then we heard about H&M, West Elm, the Apple Store, and all the other yes-please boutiques they’d lined up. Not to mention, Scottsdale’s poshest movie house, a salon-meets-boutique-meets-winebar, and a Champagne lounge. Yup, a Champagne lounge.
But first a note about some of the Quarter’s newest restaurants. Aside from stealing Eddie V’s away from its former location in DC Ranch, we’re most excited to try a couple of Valley newbies. Featuring a posh second-floor perch right next to IPic Theatres, Tanzy Restaurant started serving up “Modern Mediterranean” just last week. But what really makes this handsome space stand out, aside from the stunning views of the nearby McDowell Mountains, is that everything’s made in-house and from-scratch.
And speaking of chef-crafted fare served in a stylish setting, Parc Central also just landed inside the Scottsdale Quarter. Featuring a Progressive American Menu, which is just a fancy way of saying familiar classics jazzed up with bold international ingredients and exotic preparations, the press release promises “delicious prepared foods at affordable prices.” Nothing wrong with that. Plus, anyone who’s experienced entree envy (i.e. regretting that you didn’t order whatever your dining companions did) will appreciate the plethora of sharable ‘tapas-style’ plates.
Finally, let’s end this roundup with the crisp glass of bubbly that is the Narcisse Champagne and Tea Lounge (pictured). We’re tempted to say, ’nuff said, but this place is so stylish, so fun that we have to add a little more. Offering weekday afternoon tea service starting at 2 pm and again at 5 pm, after dark Narcisse transforms into a sleek, Las Vegas-style lounge replete with a members-only social club and private VIP entrance. More important, it tempts with more than 200 varietals of bubbles (75 of which are available by the glass), ranging in price from $6 to $750. Cheers!