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Editorial Review of Crescendo

Nailing the restaurant-cum-club concept can be a tricky feat; most places end up either a late night restaurant or a club that used to sell food. But Crescendo, the latest concept from the team behind Reserve, pulls off both notions without a hitch.

Earlier in the evening, the space serves as an 80-seat restaurant filled with a posh crowd nibbling on entrees like blackened tuna with baby bok choy and wasabi mash potatoes ($25). But, as the name implies, come 11 p.m. the music cranks up, clubbers start piling in and the late night menu, with treats like mini Chicago-style hot dogs, goes into effect.

Continuing with the two-in-one theme, Detroit-based designer John Janviriya crafts the 8,000-square-foot, two-level space as a modern lounge with an exotic hook. Mosaic tiles line the entrance and beautiful Moroccan-inspired lamps hang overhead. The long, brightly lit bar, low tables, leather couches, elevated seating section and colorful, illuminated stage convey a clubby feel.

The early and late-night crowds are comprised of attractive young professionals with fat wallets; the guys are perfectly manscaped, and the ladies wear their sexiest outfits. Many groups opt for the (expensive) bottle service, but if you're not down with that, you can expect to pay $8.50 for a mixed drink and $11 for a specialty cocktail like the Peppery Pear, a mix of Grey Goose Pear and white pepper simple syrup.

Average cost: $21-$30

Centerstage Reviewer: Maya Henderson

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11 p.m.-4 a.m. Wednesday-Friday; 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Saturday; closed Sunday-Tuesday

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