I've been thinking of unusual places and my experiences with Ethiopian restaurants come to mind, for at least 3 reasons:
1. the ambiance: usually seated at low tables, wicker type decor and - no eating utensils! All the food is eaten with "injera" type of bread, a sort of large, soft, airy tortilla, almost a napkin, which is used to pick up the food at it eat. It is said that if you like your companion, you use the injera to feed them!
2.The food (of course). Ethiopian food is pretty interesting, sort of stews in spicy sauces, eaten with the bread. Also, the special "coffee ceremony". I believe coffee originated in Ethiopia.
3. (My favorite!): the "entertainment". At Ethiopian restaurants I've been to, IN NYC and Washinton, DC, about 11 or 12 pm, a regular local Ethiopian crowd comes in for music and dancing. There are very few Americans at this time. They usually have a musician with a keyboard, maybe a singer.
Now, Ethiopian music and dance is VERY unusual. The music is sort of like and African/North Africa combo of Jazz and (US) Country music. The dance is AMAZING!!! Called iskista it is done only with the top of the body, shoulders and breasts moving to odd rhythmns, very very sexy.
So a (late) night out, dinner, music, dancing (or watching) is so worth it!!! I wonder if there are these similar places in other cities.