Eat NYC : Duane Park – Dinner and a Show in Tribeca

On the evening of pickleback introductions, we first joined our friend for his birthday dinner at Duane Park. The photo on the right was taken at the bar we invaded after the fun meal and burlesque show combo in TriBeCa. When our friend first mentioned “a little dinner-theater action,” we weren’t quite sure what to expect.

It turned out to be a memorable show, and the food wasn’t bad either. Quite tasty, in fact!

Our large group went with a prix fixe menu that the birthday boy curated from the actual menu. For my three options, I ordered Tuna Tartare – tahini sauce, sesame tuilles [appetizer]; Red Wine-Braised Beef Short Ribs – roasted garlic mashed potatoes, swiss chard [entree]; Whipped Cream & Strawberries [dessert].

However, I have no photos of our food. That steady wrist takes a bit of effort, and really most of my attention was focused on the performances!

First up, Miss Cherry Delight, the ringmaster of the show. On the night of our attendance, the show was called “Cherry’s Jubilee.” Her voice was sultry and captivating. She was quite the hostess and at the end of the night, closed off the entire show with a fun burlesque act. Fun = tassels and feathered fanning action!

Duane Park - Cherry's Jubilee

In between courses of our meal, one of the acts we were entertained and wowed by was Ekatarina the contortionist. She made the most hilarious expressions and brought in a bit of comedic relief while she bent this way and that.

Duane Park - Ekatarina Duane Park - Ekatarina

Betty Bloomerz was the other dazzling act during our dinner show. She not only swallowed swords, but she also had a thing for fire. The sword swallowing was a little difficult to watch while eating dinner!

Duane Park - Betty Bloomerz Duane Park - Betty Bloomerz

Duane Park - Betty Bloomerz

All in all, a very enjoyable dinner theater experience. I would highly recommend it to those interested in something like this in NYC. The price of dinner includes the show. For the quality of the food and performances, it’s quite a deal. Also, the restaurant is pretty cozy, so you are right in the middle of the action! We have Teatro Zinzanni in San Francisco, but the food’s only alright, and you may or may not want a seat up in the front. I’ve seen spit and sweat flying from those acts!

Have you been to a dinner theater or a burlesque show?

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  • ewiley

    I’ve never been. We have a dinner theater place in Seattle I’ve been meaning to try–Teatro ZinZanni–but haven’t made it yet. Sounds like fun!

    • Oh, you have a ZinZanni too! I didn’t realize that was in Seattle also. I went for a friend’s birthday several years ago. :-)

  • ew spit and sweat

    • lol only if you get too close! :p and definitely not at duane park. i’m talking about those dinner circus shows!

  • Oh fun! I’ve never been to anything like that, but it looks fun!