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Top Picks for Cabaret Venues in Manhattan

Michael Sinatra
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Concierge, The London NYC
Michael Sinatra
Concierge, The London NYC
151 W. 54th St.
866.690.2029

There is something very “Old New York” about seeing a cabaret act in Manhattan. These acts usually take place in an intimate setting, which leave audiences feeling drawn to the performers who are belting out new and old favorites so close to them that they feel as if part of the show. Michael Sinatra, concierge at The London NYC, has three top picks for cabaret venues to visit in Manhattan. “What I love most about cabaret is the intimacy of it all,” Sinatra says. “You get to see revealing performances in small spaces, which leave you feeling as if you’ve just sat down and shared a drink with the artist.” He adds that New York’s cabaret scene has been having a bit of a renaissance—with great venues to explore and packed calendars offering a range of experiences, “from a tune-full evening with a sophisticated songstresses to a hysterical raunchy romp with a ‘carnal chanteuse.’” One of his favorite spots is the strikingly remodeled Joe’s Pub near Astor Place. The venue features “some of the city’s best underground cabaret stars,” he says. Some of Sinatra’s favorite regulars include Molly Pope, Erin Markey and Bridget Everett. Sinatra also enjoys the Upper East Side’s iconic Café Carlyle, where some of the world’s best-known performers take the mic in a more elegant setting. “I personally am looking forward to seeing Sutton Foster there this fall,” he says. Falling somewhere in between Joe’s Pub and Café Carlyle is the hidden gem 54 Below, which boasts a line up of some of the biggest names on Broadway. “Stripped away are the scripts and characters and you get to see these performers be themselves and sing what they want to sing to you,” he says, adding that he fell in love with the stunning space when Patti LuPone performed. “I will actually be heading back soon to see an encore performance of Sherie Rene Scott, who’s show left me floating back to my apartment thinking ‘this is why I live in New York.’”