April 22 2013
With all this talk about the upcoming Gatsby movie, it seemed perfect timing to finally check out Duane Park, the recently reopened supper club.
If you’ve ever yearned to live in another era, then Duane Park certainly fits the bill.
On Saturday night, our group arrived for the 9:30 event (there’s 6:30 and 9:30 seatings), which included a 3-course dinner and a burlesque show that had us mesmerized until 12:30am. Not only was the decor “dressed up” in a by-gone era - most guests were also dressed to the nines, some even sporting head-dresses, feathers and smart suits.
Here’s the breakdown:
When I’ve gone to burlesque shows in the past, the food certainly takes a backseat. However, Duane Park’s menu was not just decent….we all agreed it was so good that we’d return just for the food! And although it’s a prix-fixe, there are at least 6 options in each category to fulfill your cravings.
Entertainment - Cast of Characters
For the duration of our 3-hour sitting, the burlesque components entertained us for probably 2 hours with breaks in between acts. These “acts” included our Emcee, a beautiful, charming, provocative singer, two dancers, both experts in the “art of the strip tease” (which ended in tassels, not fully nude), one aerial performer who enjoyed putting knives and fire down her throat, and finally, a male comedian/magician who had us keeled over in hysterics.
For the hour or so breaks where there wasn’t a singer, dancer or comedian on stage, a four-piece band kept us more than entertained.
Our group sipped our martini and Manhattan cocktails, savored every bite of our meal, watched in awe of the show and every so often one of us would utter “why couldn’t we live in another era?!”
P.S. I kept the pictures PG, but that wasn’t always the case