There are few things more "New York" than dinner-and-a-show. In recent years, the classic combo has been revamped with immersive experiences like Queen of the Night and Sleep No More, offering New Yorkers a sexy evening of food and theatrics. Duane Park, however, was here long before the fad. The OG of evening shows offers a three-course meal, live jazz and burlesque performances to a limited audience in a small space on Bowery – made to replicate a glamorous prohibition-era haunt. The food and service are flawless, but the main attraction is on stage, where a roster of performers pay homage to the old-school art of cabaret. Our recent visit included a soulful live rendition of The Weeknd’s Earned It, alongside a burlesque performance that would make Dita blush. The seductive atmosphere makes this an obvious choice for dinner a deux, but we also spotted groups of five and six celebrating birthdays, bachelorettes and, well, Friday night. Shows run Tuesday to Saturday. Weekend prix-fixe dinners start at $95 per person.
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