For my Euro-trip 2009 bestie’s birthday, I wanted to do something special. Even in the ‘ol onion, a girl can be at a loss for ideas. She had an appointment in Tribeca, so I let my inner neighborhood guide me to a cozy spot on Duane called Duane Park. A nod to her N’awlins-based alma matter, chef Beau Houck cooks up creole and Cajun laced classics like the black-eyed pea roasted corn salad served with the BBQ quail and the peach pickled ramp relish served with the pork chop. The herb crusted fried potatoes are a crowd-pleasing side and creole mustard vinaigrette would taste good smothered on basically anything.
Thirsty? Please try the champagne Pom Pom cocktail. It’s celebratory deliciousness. Bored? Well, tighten your top hats ladies and gents because not only is Duane Park a beautiful space with understandable prices and a kind staff, it also has…drum roll please… a Friday night burlesque show.
Move over Moulin Rouge, we have a new Satine south of Houston! She twirls, she high kicks, she is your one-stop cellulite free Friday night fantasy. I kid, but I’m serious. The burlesque show at Duane Park damn near knocked our H&M colored tights off. The show begins at 11:30 and Duane Park offers a special late night menu for the occasion. The center of the restaurant turns into a stage and, I’m no burlesque connoisseur, but rumor has it they only book the best acts in town. In any other instance, this could easily turn trashy, but Duane Park’s pristine white tablecloths, seasonal floral arrangements, thoughtfully chosen mismatched wooden chairs and elegant wall decor make for a most delicate dinner dance show.
Duane Park 157 Duane Street between West Broadway & Hudson; 212-732-5555 for reservations; lunch Monday – Friday, brunch Saturday – Sunday, dinner daily. For Friday night burlesque info, please call Duane Park or visit their website www.duaneparknyc.com
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