You’re invited “to join us at the iconic Drag Cabaret and Dinner Show Lucky Cheng’s! Meet some of the most famous Drag Queens in the country and cover how it has survived and thrived for 25 years as New York’s original and longest-running drag show, and top employer of Trans and Drag women.”
How could I refuse to celebrate their 25th Anniversary at a series of Saturday evening Drag Performances by top headliners?
I twisted a friend’s arm to come with me to dinner and a show. Before ordering my meal, I recalled their warning, “Please be aware that the food is plated nicely and the dishes are tasty and creative (like the performers!) but not fine dining.” So my expectations were low.
They started us off with a flaming orgy bowl ($21 for two) with Paulina’s Pink Pussy (vodka, peach liquor, Triple Sec and grenadine) for every couple to share. Although I found it a bit too sweet, I — like the others — had to smile at the flaming drink.
The Drag Dinner prix fixe dinner ($55) includes a choice of starters, main dish and dessert. For an additional $13 you can get the mango, apple, pomegranate and avocado guacamole ($13) with housemade tortilla chips. I recommend you do so, as that was the best part.
The show never stopped, mainly by taking people from the audience and involving them in the performances. They had a knack for picking mostly amazingly uninhibited ones. Some were so good we had thought — although they weren’t drag queens — they were part of the show!
Our group had one of each app — the crispy cheese taquitos, the salmon tartare and — my favorite — the baby kale salad with more pomegranates, apples and lettuces. I wished the serving were more plentiful — especially once served our entrees.
The entrees were okay, nothing special, nor nothing we finished. We shared both the oven roast pork and the roast chicken.
They served our press table a multitude of desserts that were not on our menu. A fun night for sure! If you do go to this cabaret, bring an extra sweater as we needed to keep our coats on in this large facility.
I must add a final note that as a Sex and the City fan, I’m sharing that scenes from the first episode were shot at Lucky Chengs! Fun trivia.