|Mom & Me at 54 Below|
I love the idea of combining two of my favorite activities into one: the performing arts and food!
On the evening I attended, I was warmly welcomed and seated right away. The waitstaff is very attentive and quick to serve the tables because the evening entertainment begins shortly into the dinner service.
There are no bad seats in the house, and I was fortunate enough to see the incredible Marilyn Maye perform. I'm a little embarrassed to say that I seriously didn't know who she was prior to seeing her on stage - but since that night, I'm a big fan. She's a powerhouse -and much to my surprise, she's also 85 years old! I thought they were joking because her career has been so expansive and she's appeared on Johnny Carson more than any other performer... but no joke. She's 85 and you'd never know it.
Her loyal fan base was at 54 Below and even Tommy Tune was in the audience that night!
Just so you know, you're also not rushed to order dinner in any way -the waitstaff simply works really tight with the kitchen and the front of the house so that they stay on schedule. From my understanding, they do about 3 seatings each night: Monday through Saturday, and two shows on Sundays - but that varies month-to-month. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and attentive to the entire table. They have class acts, too: Rita Wilson, Doc Severinsen & Jonathan Tunick, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Bebe Neuwirth, the Broadway cast of "Once", Patti LuPone - the list is fabulous.
I wanted to also note that it's not a cabaret -but more of a nightclub, and depending on the act, it could have the jazz club vibe as well. I would argue that the space and level of entertainment is in a class all its own.
54 Below has the recipe of being a legendary venue -because it's now a place for performances that are classy and the clientele feels that welcoming energy the moment they walk into the room.