Rarely does a restaurant overpower the senses more than your sweet-smelling, tight black dress-wearing date.
But that's not to say it won't happen.
And while the last episode of Breaking Bad is in the books, the chemistry experiments continue at The Alchemist, slated to open next week in Midtown.
Pre-Heisenberg, Walt explained chemistry as the transformation of things. You'll sense that the moment you walk into this art-gallery-turned-intimate-dining-space. Look up: there are paint tube ceiling lamps. Look down: those are slanted truffle cappuccino cups.
Taste the bubbly: that Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label comes from a temperature-controlled cellar so impressive Jessie could've cooked in it.
Now you're ready for the fall degustation menu, including lobster or wrap paper beef with virtual green peas & yuzu, and something called a Cloud of Verbena (we won't spoil the surprise), followed by the Forest Spirit dessert served with nature sounds playing from an iPod.
As the last element of chemistry is interpersonal, we'll leave that up to you.
Price: 4 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Scene: Fancy eating, date impressing art buffs
Best bets: Lobster; wrap paper beef; truffle cappuccino
Hot seat: Cozy table by the open kitchen window
Pre-set menus: Petite Degustation (5 courses); Complete Degustation (7 courses)
Nearby: Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill; Bardot; Moloko the Art of Coffee