From the outside, Thursday Kitchen’s subterranean entrance seems mysterious. The door is below street level and the only two front-facing windows are curtained off. Still, a crowd tends to gather on the sidewalk outside in New York’s East Village to wait for a table. Many go for the Korean food, others because of a friend’s recommendation. But to see how most people learn about Thursday Kitchen, all you have to do is open Instagram.
On any given night, Thursday Kitchen is filled with glowing, Capri Sun-esque plastic pouches filled with soju cocktails. The drinks are lit with light-up ice cubes, each color corresponding to one of the five flavors of “Capri-Thursday” drinks. A colorful straw pokes out of the top, and slurping down the drink is just as satisfying as you remember crushing a Capri Sun was back in your youth.