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Night Life—Second Place 2019

In the mid 1980s, Cafe Pacifico was located at 78th and Columbus Avenue on the West Side of Manhattan. Offering a pasta menu, with loud danceable music to dine by, the Cafe Pacifico drew huge crowds. Diners, who snagged hard to get reservations, waited at the bar sipping Pink Pacificos up to one and a half hours before being seated.

Pacifico opened on New Year’s Eve with an oasis theme. Interior lighting was deep royal blue, with model Cadillacs hanging form the ceiling. Life size fiberglass camels, palm trees and zebra stripe upholstery completed the effect. For Valentine, waiters and waitresses wore Marilyn Monroe wigs.

A huge Oscar like statue stood in front of a female torso, which appeared to have spread its legs. The display caused a women’s group to threaten the cafe with a brick through the window.

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