Slideshow: Eating at The Office, Grant Achatz's Subterranean Speakeasy

Inside The Office
Inside The Office
Unlike the Aviary, The Office is warm and inviting. Though you can't just walk in, we easily got a table by asking the waitress after a round upstairs.
Vegetable Bourguignon
Vegetable Bourguignon
This homey and satisfying vegetarian dish makes you wonder if they have some French grandmother in the back. But then you notice that all the vegetables are cut into perfect 1/4-inch cubes and the pearl onions are tender without completely falling apart. It's amazing that something so obviously labored over could taste so unfussy. At $20, it is a little steep, but it's hard to complain with a dish so beautifully done.
Ice Cream Sundae Toppings
Ice Cream Sundae Toppings
I was most excited for the ice cream sundae for two ($30), which Huge wrote about as his favorite late night snack. Still, I didn't quite know what exactly would arrive. Surprisingly, the toppings arrive in a divided glass tray a good five to ten minutes before the ice cream. The waitress explained that we could graze on them if we wanted to, but that we were under no obligation to eat all of it. Instead of highfalutin, the options include gummy bears, broken up Oreo's, toffee, peanuts, and whipped cream with two cherries on top. The sight of all this kid-friendly candy is so unexpectedly generous and good-natured that our whole table smiled in unison. We weren't going to have to understand or try to appreciate some chef's interpretation of a sundae. No, we were just going to devour it.
The Hot Fudge
The Hot Fudge
And what sundae would be complete without a generous pour of velvety hot fudge?
Topped and Ready to Go
Topped and Ready to Go
Besides the drinks, the highlight of The Office experience is definitely the ice cream sundae. Sure, it's $30, which is impossible to justify in any rational way, though I should point out that you get two things of ice cream, so as long as you have a willing partner it's theoretically only $15 for a portion. Regardless. I can't think of the last time I felt like such a kid so eager to dig in to a dessert. Of course, the excellent drinks helped.
Behind Glass
Behind Glass
I sat right next to a cabinet stuffed with rare bottles of Chartreuse.