8 Fabulous “Secret” Supper Clubs in NYC
Guilaine Jean-Pierre | Apr 2, 2015
Title: Contributor
Topic category: Food - Where Chefs Dine

New York City has many wonderful restaurants can but constantly visiting all these can become monotonous after a while. There 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.

10 Chairs

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 events, held every other Thursday evening, include five courses and four paired wines for $80. Manhattan, 10chairsnyc.com

Casa Duse Supper Club with the New Place Players

The New Place Players provide dinner and a show for theater lovers, treating guests to a Shakespearean performance by an ensemble of professional actors in an elegant Brooklyn townhouse known as Casa Duse. The events are also cleverly divided into two separate shows, each for 22 guests: the groundlings show, with tavern fare and beer and wine for $75; and the gourmet salon, with five courses and wine at $125. The Players just wrapped “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Casa Duse, but watch their website for upcoming performances. Brooklyn, newplaceplayersnyc.com

Chef’s Dinner Series

Inspired by the puertas cerradas, secret “closed door dinners” of Buenos Aires, this club focuses on chefs with cred — holders of Michelin stars; James Beard Foundation Award winners and nominees; and competitors and champions from Next Iron Chef, Top Chef Masters, Chopped and Cutthroat Kitchen. Events have spanned from dinners held at David Bouley’s private test kitchen to aphrodisiac-themed menus to a book signing by Chopped host Ted Allen. Dinners range from $140 to $175 for up to six to eight courses and wine pairings. For further information and to get on the mailing list, drop an email to chefsdinnerseries@gmail.com. Events being cooked up for the spring include a tapas crawl. Manhattan, chefsdinnerseries@gmail.com

Chefs to Dine For

Chefs to Dine For offers the opportunity to spend the evening with two chefs during one event. Host Lynne Ryan is herself an accomplished chef — she is a CIA grad, caterer, culinary consultant and former restaurateur. Her longtime connections in the business allow her to call up prominent buddies such as Daniel Boulud and David Burke to prepare exquisite, one-of-a-kind menus. Manhattan, chefstodinefor.com

Fainting Club

This women’s-only dinner club, established by artist Zoe Crosher in L.A. as an “old boys’ club, for girls,” launched in NYC this past fall. The idea is also catching on internationally, with chapters in Mexico City, London and Hong Kong. Various locations, zoecrosher.com


Think of the Gastronauts as your adventurous friends who always bring you out to explore those undiscovered, delicious pockets of NYC, and who delight in off-the-beaten-menu items. Founded in 2006, the Gastronauts are dinner club vets, with events ranging from a night of Filipino fare in Queens to a liquid dinner with haggis at St. Andrews in the Theater District. Keep up-to-date on monthly gatherings by regularly checking the website. Various locations, gastronauts.net

Magic & Pasta

Founder Caroline Chirichella is a former opera singer who has been known to break out into an aria by the time dessert is served. The fanciful philosophy behind the events is: “Why sit down to a meal when you can sit down to an experience?” Chirichella embraces the philosophy by bringing performance into the kitchen. Ticket prices range from $70 to $110 depending on the extravagance of the meal, and upcoming themes include a “street food” dinner and an elaborate “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.” Manhattan, magicandpastaevents.com

The Tuscan Gun Dinner Series

Love the show “Extra Virgin” on Cooking Channel? The show’s co-star, Gabriele Corcos, will give you the opportunity to experience his Tuscan cooking skills live and in person when he brings his traveling Tuscan Gun Dinner Series (recently making stops on the west coast) to Brooklyn. Expect recipes, such as his buzzed-about porchetta, from his best-selling cookbook with wife and co-star Debi Mazar. Prices and themes vary — for details and news about preview event tickets, follow @TheTuscanGun or check the website. Brooklyn, thetuscangun.com

Kathleen Squires |Mar 26, 2015
FROM: NewYork.com
Tags: Alternative Dinner Venues, Dining with Chefs, Daniel Boulud, Dinner Series, Chefs Dinners, Dinner and Shows
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