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10 Fabulous Dinner Shows in NYC

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|by Kathleen Squires |


Dining out in New York City is always entertaining – and even more so when there is a razzle-dazzle show to accompany your meal. From sexy burlesque to strutting drag queens, here is our roundup of the 10 most entertaining dinner shows in NYC

New York City has no lack of splashy restaurants, but some take it up a few notches by throwing in live entertainment like music, a magic show, and even a drag queen — or ten. Cultural and culinary riches intertwine in numerous experiences throughout NYC, from the theatrical Queen of the Night to the sultry, old-world Cabaret at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Here are ten places in NYC where the fanfare rivals the food.

Feinstein's/54 Below (Photo: Marc Bryan Brown/Courtesy of Feinstein's/54 Below)

Feinstein's/54 Below (Photo: Marc Bryan Brown/Courtesy of Feinstein's/54 Below)

Drag Queens at Lucky Cheng’s
The original drag queen dinner spot, Lucky Cheng’s claims to be the world’s first restaurant to have an all-female impersonator wait staff.  It first opened in the East Village in 1993 before moving to Times Square. Now, Lucky Cheng’s resides as a “pop up” on the Lower East Side. Despite its change in locale, the weekend dinner and show which showcases the larger-than-life ladies stays the same. For $50pp, you will get to see a sassy show — expect an over-the-top performance of dancing, singing and flirting — and a three-course meal with Asian-inspired dishes, such as spicy Szechuan chicken wings and beef short rib fried rice. 95 Delancey St.

Burlesque at Duane Park’s Tassel Room
A raucous jazz quintet provides the soundtrack for all manner of boa-wearing, pastie-clad ladies who take to the stage at NYC’s premiere burlesque dinner show. Here, drag king Murray Hill holds court. Tap-dancing, strip-teasing, torch singing and straight-up comedy draw in the crowds, along with a three-course Southern-inspired menu from the kitchen of Duane Park restaurant, host of the Saturday night revue. If you put down your fork between bites of Cajun-spiced lentil cakes, you may even catch a garter. 308 Bowery

Piano Karaoke at Sid Gold’s Request Room
Have a little piano karaoke with your meal in NYC’s very first rock and roll piano bar, which opened in May 2015. Founded by Fountain of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger, Loser’s Lounge impresario Joe McGinty, and Beauty Bar owner Paul Devitt, Sid Gold’s introduces a combination of pop, rock, new wave, punk, disco and soul through a live pianist and both pro and amateur performers. Cocktail party-type dishes ($10-$17) include pigs in a blanket, shrimp cocktail and clams casino. Plenty of liquid encouragement pours from the bar for anyone who wants to try their vocal chords at a stool around the piano. Too shy to sing? Sit back and listen — you never know who will show up to belt out a tune or two. Recently spotted: Andrew Rannells and Parker Posey. 165 W. 26th St., sidgolds.com

Cabaret at Feinstein’s/54 Below
The living room for off-duty Broadway stars, 54 Below, known as “Broadway’s Supper Club,” presents stage legends such as Patti Lupone; comforting dishes from executive chef Lynn Bound; and a delicious history, as it was once the famous disco haunt Studio 54. Admission to the nightly cabaret acts starts at $50pp and a three-course prix fixe, which includes a choice of filet mignon or lobster for $54pp. 254 W. 54th St., 54below.com

The Magician at The Nomad Upstairs
Cocktails by award-winning mixologist Leo Robitschek enhance this performance by magician Dan White, whose act is filled with smoke, mirrors and sleight-of-hand. For snacks, you will be served enchanted popcorn by Daniel Humm, voted best chef in the U.S. by the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The popcorn flavors are inspired by Humm’s signature dishes, like roasted chicken with foie gras and black truffle. If you would like more filling fare, feast at Humm’s renowned Nomad restaurant or attached Nomad Bar before the event. Show is $95pp or $115pp, according to seating. 1170 Broadway, 2nd fl.

Murdered By the Mob
Take “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding,” add a few more goodfellas and you’ve got this interactive comedy/murder mystery. Now in its 18th year, Murdered By the Mob invites the audience to dine, dance and figure out who whacked whom. What’s for dinner? Red sauce, of course! The meal includes rigatoni, chicken parmesan, a choice of side (like mashed potatoes), Italian bread and dessert. Tickets, which include dinner, dancing and the show are $90pp. VIP seating is $119pp. Arno Dinner Theater, 141 W. 38th St., murderedbythemob.com

Vaudeville at the Laurie Beechman Theater
If variety is what you crave, then the mixed-bag entertainment at this intimate theater within the West Bank Café can fit many moods, whether vaudeville, cabaret or burlesque fit your fancy. The Vaudevillians are the hot act to catch: Helmed by Jinkx Monsoon of RuPaul’s Drag Race, their latest show Bringing Up Baby resurrects a hilarious duo from the 1920s. Dinner gets in on the act with a three-course prix-fixe menu, which includes options such as Scottish salmon and roasted chicken. 407 W. 42nd St., westbankcafe.com

Live Bands at the Hall at MP
The king of Greek cuisine, Michael Psilakis, expands on his MP Taverna in Williamsburg, which opened in mid-May 2015, with a full-on music venue. The Hall serves as a showcase for local and national talent with top acts in jazz, classical, pop, Latin and rock with a bit of spoken word and comedy performances sprinkled into the mix. Go with a group and enjoy a large-format dinner, such as a whole-roasted suckling pig or kid goat, or sample Psilakis’s other Mediterranean specialties. Admission price varies depending on the event; dining is a la carte (entrees $16-$28). 470 Driggs Ave., Brooklyn, thehallbrooklyn.com

Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise
The Hudson transforms into the Seine when guests board the all-glass bateaux for a romantic dinner cruise. On a Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise, diners sit in the glow of candlelight with a pianist providing a tinkling soundtrack as the boat pushes off from the pier. The breathtaking skyline view makes up the scenery, available from all angles through the shiny panes. As the cruise progresses, a vocalist and jazz trio take the stage, and a three-course menu graces each table. Diners can enjoy gourmet dishes such as miso-glazed cod, stuffed pork roulade and duck pastrami. Dancing cheek-to-cheek is encouraged to cap off the night. Departs from Pier 61, Chelsea Piers, get tickets

Queen of the Night
Theater, cuisine, fashion and nightlife all come together at the Diamond Horseshoe Club during the magical Queen of the Night extravaganza. The immersive experience showcases acrobats, musicians, actors and a “food parade” from chef Jason Kallert. Dishes such as foie gras gougeres glazed with brandied cherry jam and soppressata stromboli not only are tantalizing to the palate but are also uniquely incorporated into the performance. The three levels of tickets: $140 for “Gala” admission for general admission seating, including a welcome cocktail, passed canapés, and a sit down dinner with decanters of wine; $190 for a “Premium” reservation with preferred seating and private cocktail service at the table along with passed canapés, wine and a sit-down meal; and the “Ultimate” (from $450) which includes everything from the “Premium” experience plus behind-the-scenes access, premium wine, reserved seating and personalized tableside service. 235 W. 46th St., get tickets

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