8 Fabulous “Secret” Supper Clubs in NYC
NYC’s flashy restaurants make for a memorable night out, but for a uniquely intimate experience — and the chance to chat one-on-one with the chefs — wine and dine at one of the city’s clandestine supper clubs
March 26, 2015, Kathleen Squires
First world problem: Frequenting New York City’s many wonderful restaurants can become monotonous after a while. First world solution: Shake up the restaurant routine by hitting a private dinner club instead. These are underground dinner gatherings that take the formality out of, and inject more sociability into, the usual dining format. The following are some of the best in town, offering unique, insider experiences with special themes, added entertainment and sometimes even celebrity chefs. Note that for all the supper clubs covered here, you can generally score a seat if you book a couple of months in advance. The locations of each supper club are usually only revealed once you make your reservations.
The best way to get into the “mind of a chef?” Have her cook an intimate dinner for you at her home. 10 Chairs was created by Patricia Williams of Harlem’s Smoke Jazz and Supper Club in order to, as Williams explains, “give me an opportunity to create a dialog with the guests about the food and why I created the dishes, which would be impossible in a larger setting.” The limited size makes getting a seat a somewhat competitive affair, as Williams has won loyal regulars for seasonal menus that celebrate the city and its cultural diversity. But, if you check the website a few months out, you can generally get a seat. Recent dinners have focused on the Chinese New Year and Cuban flavors. Next up: With spring approaching, Williams has “visions of ramps, asparagus, morels and lamb” swirling in her head. The events, held every other Thursday evening, include five courses and four paired wines for $80. Manhattan,